Ubuntu / Apple :: Maverick: MacBook 5,1 (and Mac General): Mouse?

Nov 1, 2010

I've seen many (unanswered) threads about this, so I'm asking again, specifically relating to Maverick on a MacBook 5,1 (and probably others) regarding the following:

Touchpad sensitivity Horizontal tracking across multiple displays is 2-3x faster than vertical tracking. Note that vertical tracking stays the same regardless of multi-monitor orientation; horizontal tracking seems to be the only thing affected by multi-monitor placement. This problem does not exist in single-monitor mode--x and y tracking is 1:1. There are no GUIs, xinput or other parameters I can find to adjust the x tracking resolution in multi-monitor mode, unless I'm just missing something. At this point I've tweaked every available parameter in xinput to see what they did, and none of them affected only the x resolution the way I would like.

Magic Mouse scrolling I have found several unanswered threads about this problem. Magic Mouse scrolling is terrible, and can't be adjusted using any of the GUIs available, nor by xinput. The ONLY existing solution is exclusive to Firefox. As above, I tried every xinput parameter for the driver available and could not get the scroll tracking to adjust at all. It's still static, at roughly 3-5 "lines" per tick, and the tick resolution is too great (my finger slides nearly the entire length of the mouse for only three or four ticks).

I am willing to look at source and compile new drivers if someone can point me in the right direction. Google is useless here, as the top 100 or so results all refer to the same handful of threads here on this forum, all of which remain unanswered to this day. If anybody out there has any new information regarding these problems, I'd love to hear about it, even if it's tucked away in some obscure blog nobody reads (which is why it wouldn't show up in the first dozen pages of Google results).

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Macbook 2,1 Maverick ISight?

Oct 30, 2010

I'm new to Linux, and I tried to use my iSight camera (especially for skype). It didn't look so complicated and I saw many posts about that so I decided to do it myself, but I can't get it to work.

I got the AppleUSBVideoSupport file, but when i type ift-extract AppleUSBVideoSUpport in the terminal (using Guake), it tells me : what does that mean ? DOes anybody have the same problem ?

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Maverick On MacBook Pro - Won't Boot After Today's Update

Oct 13, 2010

I have Maverick on Macbook Pro 7,1. Today I installed updates and restarted. When I select Linux in rEFIt, it shows penguin for a while and then black screen with blinking cursor, no grub. What can I do?

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Magic Mouse On 10.10 Maverick Meerkat ?

Nov 3, 2010

This HOWTO was based on a fresh install of Ubuntu 10.10 on Lenovo T61.

The Bluetooh GUI detected the mouse but nothing happened so I Removed the Mouse from Bluetooth Preference.

Open up Terminal:


Copy your mouse address and enter the following:

The following tweak is optional to make the mouse scroll a little better on firefox, enter about:config in the url, search for the following:


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Ubuntu / Apple :: Why Is Macbook Using So Much Ram

Apr 2, 2011

The highest I see is kernel_task at 362 mb.

I was running Cafe World with the latest Google Chrome and I doubt that Cafe World would use 7 gigabytes of ram.

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Can't Get Started On Macbook Air?

Feb 20, 2010

I've got a Macbook Air and a verified 9.10 liveCD in the external superdrive. I can successfully boot to the CD, but when I choose "try ubuntu without installing", all I get is a blinking cursor in the upper-left of the screen forever. Any idea why it won't start? CD works fine on my Dell, that's why I say it's verified.

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Switch GPU On Macbook 5 , 1?

Feb 21, 2010

Is there any way to switch to the nVidia 9400 controller in Ubuntu 9.04 on Macbook 5,1?

When i run lspci i can't see the 9400 controller code...

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Won't Load On Macbook

Mar 27, 2010

Today i went ahead and installed ubuntu on my windows desktop pc. I tryed the live cd and tested it out and everything was fine i then installed it using wubi. I then wanted to install it to my macbook ( bought in june 2009 ) and i booted the live cd and chose try ubuntu without any change to your computer. It booted a black screen with a white _ at the top then the screen went white and did nothing. I tryed it several times and nothing happend. I then said ok il maybe just try install it through wubi on my bootcamp partition and it all went fine until i got to the windows bootloader and chose ubuntu, it camp up finishing linux installation and where its meant to change and show the ubuntu symbol after ( i know because i've installed ubuntu on the pc) the screen went white. Nothing.

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Replacing Os X Entirely On A Macbook 1.1

Apr 30, 2010

I have a first generation Macbook that shipped with Tiger. I don't often use the os x partition anymore, as I installed Windows XP on a 15 gig partition back when bootcamp was still in beta and I normally use that when I'm on my laptop. Since Tiger is rather old and the only reason I would want to upgrade to leopard is to have access to bootcamp again (they disabled access to the bootcamp application in os x, but I can still boot into windows), I have been thinking about wiping out my os x installation and using ubuntu instead. Does anyone have any thoughts on the pros and cons of totally removing os x?

The main reason I hesitate to just jump in and do it is because if I decide to install os x again I won't be able to install bootcamp again, unless I buy leopard. If I wipe out os x and install ubuntu, will I still be able to access windows in the same way? Windows uses bootcamp drivers to run properly, so I have never quite been sure if it is pulling something off of the os x partition or if it is totally standalone.

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Wake On Lan On Macbook?

May 4, 2010

I have a macbook5,1 with ubuntu 9.10 on it. Does anyone got wake-on-lan working on this type of machine (or any other intel macbook?)

At startup, ethool sets the wake on lan parameter. I tried sending the magic packet with the wakeonlan utility.

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Ubuntu / Apple :: 10.04 LTS On MacBook Pro 5.5 - No Audio

May 17, 2010

I have just installed the latest Ubuntu 10.4 LTS on my Macbook Pro and the one thing I cannot get to work no matter how much i try the fixes and suggestions they do not work. I have the volume controls, even the ones on the keyboard work but there is just no audio what so ever.

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Installing On MacBook Pro 6.2?

Jul 16, 2010

I would like to know, how could I install ubuntu on Mac. I've gone through the following guide, but there is no option for my machine MacBook Pro 6.2.

[URL].. BTW, i would like to have dual-boot option with Mac OSX pre-installed.

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Install 10.10 On Macbook?

Nov 8, 2010

I get through the install just fine till the end Iv tryed twice. When i get to the "Who Am I" screen i fill out all the info the "Forward" Button doesn't light up, it keeps on installing till "Ready when you are" and then i'm kinda stuck.. I can go back to past screens and edit the info and stuff but thats it can't move on.

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Ubuntu / Apple :: No Sound On New MAcbook 7.1 With 10.10

Nov 23, 2010

When I installed I noticed no sound was emanating from my computer and a red light coming out the headphone jack. s there any reason why there wouldn't be any working sound? Everything else seems to be working fine. I installed the additional drivers but the only ones listed were graphics and wireless.

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Ubuntu / Apple :: How To Natty On A MacBook Pro 5,2

Dec 29, 2010

Introduction: I wrote a very extensive and quantified tutorial and informational guide aiming to upgrade the latent information from the wiki's on MacBook Pro 5,2. An accidental toe tap ended with me bumping my head and pressing the X button on firefox. What happen had to be 1 out of a billionth of a chance. So this version will be simple and to the point, until I can muster enough patience to detail it all out again. Please correct any errors.

sudo apt-get install pommed - To get backlight keyboard working.
sudo apt-get install cheese - To get iSight working.
sudo apt-get install lirc - to get remote working (tested in XBMC)
sudo apt-get install bluemon - Pairs Mighty Mouse and Wireless Keyboard (optional)


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Ubuntu / Apple :: Macbook Pro 5.5 + 10.10 = No Audio

Mar 15, 2011

I have installed it on my Macbook Pro 5.5 via rEFIt+ and the install works well except for the lack of sound. I've seen this issue posted about on the forums and I've followed the advice posted here as best I can with my limited knowledge. Terminal didn't recognise the aptitude (command not found). I guess that may be due to an older build of Ubuntu being used in the example?

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Trying To Run 11.04 LiveCD On MacBook Pro 5,2

May 1, 2011

I have downloaded the 64 bit iso and burned the CD-ROM per the instructions. The CD is verified. When I boot the mac, holding down the C key, I get a menu of options relating to Ubuntu. If I choose the trial run from CD then the CD drive starts up but the screen goes blank and I end up with just a blinking underline cursor in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Does anyone known if one can, and if so how, to boot the live CD on a Macbook Pro 5,2?

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Can't Install 11.04 On Macbook Air 3,2

Jul 25, 2011

The wiki says there is a way to install from usb but I can't get it to work on my Macbook Air 3,2 (the Nov 2010 revision, not the one from last week).

My goal is to dual-boot OS X and Ubuntu, but I can't get the Ubuntu installer to boot. I've tried a lot of variations on the instructions I've found, so I get the feeling I'm probably missing something fundamental.

I installed refit and used BootCamp to partition the drive. I downloaded desktop/alternate and i386/amd64 isos. I tried to follow the instructions to use unetbootin on OS X to install the ISOs to my USB drive, but neither drive that I connect appears in the "Drive:" selector when on OS X. I used usb-creator-gtk and unetbootin on an Unbuntu machine to try each of the four ISOs.

When I try to boot the Air from the USB drive, I got a few different types of failure:

gpt, single fat partition, unetbootin -> alternate amd64
result: "Non-system disk" "Press any key to reboot"
mbr, single fat, unetbootin -> alternate amd64
result: black screen, fan runs at 100% after a minute or two


I tried dd'ing a disk image to my new partition as described here and here with the desktop amd64 and i386 images, got a few different errors - once syslinux complaining "Error: No configuration file found" when the drive I dd'd from wasn't properly unmounted before bringing it to the Air, once I chose the drive in refit, refit displayed the single logo, and it never booted, and once I got an error I didn't copy down about needing a boot floppy.

Has anyone successfully booted Ubuntu from USB key on the Air? Exactly how did you prepare which image?

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Installing 11.04 On MacBook Pro (5,3)?

Aug 10, 2011

I've been trying to install 11.04 on my MacBook Pro for the past couple weeks, and I'm getting pretty frustrated with it. When I try to boot from a DVD, I either get a blank screen with just a flashing cursor, or it will ask me if I want to try, install, or verify the disc, after which I will get a bunch of different-colored blocks all around the screen.

I have installed past versions of Ubuntu on this computer with no problems, so I'm pretty stumped now on why I'm having this problem. Also, I've tried the Ubuntu Wiki and sticky thread on this forum, but nothing in either seems to help. Additionally, I have installed Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. I don't think it'd effect anything, but I thought it was worth mentioning.

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Macbook Pro 5, 5 - Touchpad In Karmic

Jan 20, 2010

I recently bought a macbook pro 5,5 (unibody) and I'm running both OSX and Ubuntu 9.10. I love the laptop, but I've been having some issues with the touchpad in karmic.

In OSX, I can keep my thumb on the bottom of the touchpad as if it were a button and operate the rest of the touchpad as normal. With my thumb on the bottom of the pad, I can still click and drag and use two finger scrolling.

In ubuntu, I've used the instructions from[url]

If I have a thumb on the touchpad, it always assumes I'm two-finger scrolling. I've tried synclient BottomEdge=600, but it doesn't make any difference.

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Macbook 5,5 Fan Control In Karmic ?

Feb 3, 2010

I'd like to find a way to control the fan's activation threshold in ubuntu (i use SMCFanControl in OS X.

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Install On Macbook Pro Without DVD Drive?

Apr 11, 2010

I have a Macbook Pro with a b0rked DVD drive, and want to install Ubuntu on it.

I have followed the instructions here: [URL]

But when rebooting and holding ALT, I don't get the option of booting from USB.

Possibly related, when I view the USB drive in Disk Utility it's marked as "Bootable: no" :

I've tried this with two different USB sticks.

I've also burned a Ubuntu install disk from the original ISO, loaded it into another mac and started that mac in Target Disk Mode. Then I connected them with Firewire, rebooted the mac *without* the disc drive, held ALT and chose the shared disc as the boot device. Though weirdly it was named "Windows". Sadly, I then got a message on a black background saying it was not a bootable device.

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Microphone And Speakers On Macbook Air 2,1 ?

Apr 28, 2010

As described here (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MacBookAir2-1/Karmic) I've got Ubuntu 9.10 running on my Macbook Air 2,1 but the only things that don't work are the speaker and the built-in microphone. I can get sound using the line out though. I am mainly looking for a way to get my microphone working (I can live with sound only via line-out).

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Ubuntu / Apple :: How To Install Lucid On MacBook Pro 5.3

Apr 30, 2010

I have created a partition through Boot Camp, downloaded the 64 bit Intel installer for PC and Mac, verified the checksum, burned a CD from its image (on the second try), but when I try to boot up from that CD, rEFIt refuses because of a "legacy" problem. I assumed it would be a live CD, from which I could do the installation; am I wrong, is there another way to install from it? My MacBook Pro 5,3 is the one exception to having its own installation page.

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Ubuntu / Apple :: MacBook Pro 6,2 Sound Not Working

May 6, 2010

First macbook. I've managed to get everything I really need running except sound. I'm 5-year ubuntu user so if anyone asks for any system info I'll probably be able to manage it. This is the only sound-related entry I could find in lspci.
01:00.1 Audio device: nVidia Corporation High Definition Audio Controller (rev a1)

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Ubuntu / Apple :: 10.04 CD Doesn't Boot On MacBook 5,2?

May 14, 2010

I downloaded and burned the 32-bit desktop edition of Lucid Lynx (ubuntu-10.04-desktop-i386.iso) but can't boot it on my MacBook model 5,2. I've installed rEFIt. When I boot from the CD holding down the C key on hearing the boot chime, Ubuntu doesn't boot. A purple background with a keyboard and the accessibility icon shows up, then the screen goes black with a blinking underscore at the top left corner. After a little while, the marker disappears and the screen goes black. After that, nothing happens. I left my MacBook that way for a couple of minutes, but still nothing happened. Any clues about what the problem may be? Should I wait longer at the black screen? I burned the CD at low speed (16x) and verified the disc after burning.

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Macbook Pro 4.1 Don't Have Any Wireless Networks

May 22, 2010

I just installed 10.04 lucid lynx and I don't have any wireless networks.My broadcom card is not being detected.I have tried to go to Administration -> hardware drivers and nothing shows up. It says I have no proprietary drivers.Do I need to connect to the internet before I can download these?It seems circular?Is there a driver that I can download and install the old-fashioned way?I have a macbook pro 4.1, the early 2008 Penryn model.

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Cannot Connect To Internet On MacBook

Jun 14, 2010

I am a new linux user with a 1yo macbook. I have Ubuntu 10 and I cannot connect to the internet. How to get internet working on my computer.

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Single Boot On Macbook Pro ?

Jun 16, 2010

I've recently wiped by hard drive of mac osx and installed ubuntu. My problem is that i have no proprietary drivers and i cant get internet (wired and wireless) to work. I was wondering if this problem could be due to the fact that i dont have drivers for my ethernet.

I also had a slight problem when installed ubuntu. The install itself when through fine, but after completion, i received a prompt saying that I needed to restart. after clicking ok to restart, i received a string of error, and my cd ejected. when i retstarted after that, ubuntu loaded fine, but no wired or wireless internet for me.

I've reinstalled a few times and i have the same problem. Everyone i talk to says its strange that ethernet doesnt work.

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Unabling Wifi Macbook Air 10.04?

Jul 1, 2010

I have installed 10.04 on my macbook air. As I can't physically connect a macbook air to the internet there is no way to download the necessary drivers and the 'hardware packages' doesn't have the nvidea or broadcom packages which were present when I booted off the livecd. I presume therefore that, like gparted, these are only present on the livecd & aren't installed by default. When I installed karmic I downloaded the drivers from my mac partition then transferred them over. I've tried doing the same with the lucid equivalents,[URL].. but when I try to unpack them (32-bit versions as is the version of Lucid I have) in the correct order each returns an error saying the drivers are either damaged or I don't have permission. I definately have the necessary read/write permissions so assume they must be damaged somehow.

If I can't connect to the internet Ubuntu is useless. Has anyone got any idea as to how I can enable wifi please?

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