25990 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Sep 17, 2010 4:17 PM by iVmichael
I've not had any luck creating a USB stick to Boot Ubuntu 10.4 on this so far, but there's some good instructions here:
I dual Boot my Windows box with Ubuntu and run RedHat under Parallels on the MacBook Pro but making a portable USB Bootable drive has been eluding me for some time, I'd be interested to know if you succeed.
I'm shopping for a solution to this myself.
I used to be able to boot from a USB flash drive on my MacBook Pro last year, but I cannot do this any longer.
My best guess unless I find some other answer to this situation is that some update appears to have disabled this functionality. Or it's some unknown hardware problem, but since I can readily see and access the drive in the finder that appears unlikely.
I'm sure open to suggestions on how to solve this though.
I have verified that I can in fact boot the USB device on another PC, so it is not a problem with those.
These forums support Apple products, not Linux.
Since your question is about how to boot your macbook pro into linux and since Apple does not make it mandatory that you run OSX on your machine I believe you definitely are eligible for a proper answer
Well in order to obtain your goal you need to "trick" the EFI of the macbook pro..what you need to do is to use a cd to load initrd and vmlinuz kernel from you can enable USB flash access ..From there on it's easy ..
More detailed information can be found here :
Hope this helps
The EFI (Extensible Firmware Interface) is the bios (basic input output system) of the mac and it's likely that an update has disabled the usb boot functionality ..It's perfectly understandable because it's actually a security risk .. I can have a usb linux and gain total control of the machine in less then a minute if I am really prepared for it And that's not a good scenario now is it ?
Yup it used to work but doesn't any more, but I can't pinpoint what "update" broke that ...
Like you I can Boot other computers with the USB drive(s) so I'm sure they are fine (Ubuntu and RedHat work OK) and like you I can mount and see the drive(s) in the Mac Finder. It has to be something about the EFI loader but I've no idea how to fix it.