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Re: [gNewSense-users] MacBook

From: Stuart Baker
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] MacBook
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2008 13:00:25 +1300

Hi All,

After my first reply I went on a little hunt for alternative solutions.
Apparently the Apple sub-forums at the ubuntu community forums hold a
wealth of information on the subject.

Obviously most of the information will be true regardless of distro,
so I'm guessing it will work with gNewSense aswell, I have yet to

The following was posted by "veiho". Original post here

How to single boot Linux without delay on Macbook. (tested with Macbook 2.1)

1. If you have OSX installed, boot to it and mute sound. This assures
that you won't be annoyed by the startup/poweron sound afterwards.
Restart to confirm that no startup sound is audible.

2. Prepare rEFIt boot disk (CD-RW).

3. Boot Ubuntu install and remove all partitions, partition as you
like for your Linux installation. Install Ubuntu, restart.

4. Put in rEFIt CD and holding down alt key, boot rEFIT cd.
Synchronize GUID and MBR. Restart.

5. Insert OSX disc, boot from it, open terminal and enter following:

bless --device /dev/disk0s2 --setBoot --legacy --verbose

where /dev/disk0s2 is the partition you installed grub (do 'diskutil
list' to find out correct partition). Of course, '--verbose' is
optional. This makes Macbook EFI firmware boot your Linux installation
in legacy mode without long delay (20s vs 3s).

6. Restart your Macbook (don't forget to remove OSX disc). And boot
directly to Linux!

Hope it helps someone.


On Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 2:42 PM, Stuart Baker <address@hidden> wrote:
> Hi Koh Choon Lin
>> Anyone has any luck with gNS on MacBook, single boot?
>> Some time ago, there exists a problem with this configuration -- waiting a 
>> minute
>> during booting while it searches for the boot record, and I wonder if
>> this was solved now so I can procure one during Christmas.

*SNIP* My previous long instructions......

> Stuart Baker

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