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Re: I can`t boot guixsd in macbook

From: pelzflorian (Florian Pelz)
Subject: Re: I can`t boot guixsd in macbook
Date: Mon, 30 Dec 2019 11:32:47 +0100

On Mon, Dec 30, 2019 at 09:57:24AM +0200, Efraim Flashner wrote:
> I last installed my macbook pre-1.0 so my memory is a bit hazy. My case
> was a little different, I wanted a btrfs root on my macbook. In the end
> I believe I used a Debian netinstall to get a minimal system, used the
> script and then installed Guix over Debian.

This is a third way.  Maybe it’s necessary in case a current
installation image’s kernel may be too new.  The 1.0.1 DVD should
work, at least on an external DVD drive (my internal DVD drive fails
at least sometimes).

I cannot even use a current LTS kernel anymore on my 2010 Macbook, but
I believe the reason is a defect in my Macbook’s GPU which I presume
would not affect others, because there are error messages in dmesg and
occasional crashes and system freezes in Blender and VLC too.  I hope
others do not need this, but this is why instead I use inferiors like

TL;DR affected machines are getting old, but can be made to work.

> Another option I believe I've used in the past is I've actually taken
> the HDD out of my macbook, installed to it, and then put it back inside
> the machine.

You could also boot from e.g. a Debian USB flash drive, install and
update Guix on it and perform a manual installation from such a Debian
live system.


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