8 Replies Latest reply: Nov 2, 2008 9:26 PM by ppdouble
ppdouble Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I got a cd,ubuntu for mac.but i dont know how to startup from cd.i only can browse the content of cd as files.

pc, Mac OS X (10.4.9), noinfo
  • scb Level 5 Level 5 (5,380 points)
    With the disk in the optical drive, restart, and after you hear the 'bong", hold down the "C" key.

    An alternate method is, again, put in the CD, restart, and hold down the "opt" key, until you see a blue screen. Then, select the disk, and hit the arrow.
  • Carl Jerris Level 5 Level 5 (5,090 points)
    Is it one of the live cd's for Ubuntu? I played with it for some time and was impressed in how well it ran from cd. (My mac had no sound though.)

    If memory serves, you can also use the startup manager in preferences.

    Do be careful about installing though. Be absolutely sure that the partition/disk it offers to install on is the one you want. The naming of the partitions/disks is not what you give them in osX. I have 9 volumes that auto mount and when I saw the Ubuntu disk utility the volumes had the machine names not what I call them. Use Disk Utility and select your volumes and disks and use the "information" function to get the device tree name.
  • ppdouble Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    scp Thanks for your reply. I have tried those two methods that you mentioned.
    but the problem still exist.
    the first method, mac cannot find cd after I press the "C". It still startup from disk not cd.
    the second method,when I press the "opt" with several seconds,I saw the blue screen,and there are a lock and an arrow and a form line on it ,there is not a choice, so I cant select which volume or disk.
  • ppdouble Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    thank you charles,I got the information ,device tree name etc.
    # Name : UbuntuPowerPCdapper
    Type : Volume

    Disk Identifier : disk1s1s2
    Mount Point : /Volumes/UbuntuPowerPCdapper
    File System : Mac OS Standard
    Connection Bus : ATA
    Partition Type : Apple_HFS
    Device Tree : pci2/ata-6@D/@1:2
    Writable : No
    Universal Unique Identifier : 00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000
    Capacity : 698.2 MB (732,123,136 Bytes)
    Used : 704.1 MB (738,250,752 Bytes)
    Number of Files : 67
    Number of Folders : 46
    Owners Enabled : No
    Can Turn Owners Off : No
    Can Be Formatted : Yes
    Bootable : No
    Supports Journaling : No
    Journaled : No
    S.M.A.R.T. Status : Not Supported
    Disk Number : 1
    Partition Number : 2
    #
    how to set? or change configuration?
    It's ubuntu 6.06 live cd with install cd.
  • Carl Jerris Level 5 Level 5 (5,090 points)
    The information you posted is for the cd.

    As scb stated you put the cd into the optical drive and boot with the c key held down. Or put the cd into the optical drive and restart with the option key (start on a windows keyboard) held down. Choose the ubuntu disk when given the option.

    The live cd's allow you to run your computer off of the cd. The operating system has the bare bones installation and you can hook up a camera, surf the web, do word processing but it is all off of the cd. When you remove the cd everything is gone just like you never operated linux from your mac.

    There is an option on the live cd to allow you to "install" linux on your mac which would make everything you do with ubuntu linux permanent. Doing this means creating a partition (unique space) on your hard drive to install to. If you are not careful with this option you can erase all of your mac files!!!

    To summarize:
    Play with the live cd all you want without fear of harm. Install carefully as you can erase all your mac files.

    I would not install to the mini unless you have another hard drive to work with and I'm not sure that ubuntu will install to an external drive (since you have a mini). This means cloning your mac to an external and then playing with installing/repartitioning the mini's internal drive with the live cd. If the repartitioning destroys your mac installation at least you will be backed up.

    I hope that this helps.
  • Carl Jerris Level 5 Level 5 (5,090 points)
    It sounds like your cd is not a valid live cd.

    If you look at it in the startup disk in preferences does it show up as a possible boot disk? If not then it won't work.

    Where did you get it? I downloaded mine from the ubuntu site and made the live cd from it following the directions on the site. It just takes quite a bit of time to download.
  • ppdouble Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I got ten cd(ubuntu 6.06) from www.ubuntu.com.cn. They post cd to me. There five 32bit cd for pc,three for mac,two 64bit for pc. I have installed the 32bit ubuntu for pc successfully,but I still cant installed the ubuntu for mac on mini. I mean there are two os on the drive,such as windows xp with ubuntu on pc,mac with ubuntu on mini,not only one os on one drive.
    But I still thank you very much for your help.
  • ppdouble Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm sorry I marked this question so late,It will never happen this sort of situation again.
    Thanks everyone who gave me answers.