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i have an imac 5.1 and it simply will not install linux. mac software is 10.4.11
does anyone have any info on why these computers wont accept the install. i installed refit on the mac and it still wont do it. any info would be great , thank you
It's not quite as simple as installing on a PC running Windows, but not difficult. This page will tell you what to do — it refers to Ubuntu, but the principle's the same for any Linux. https://help.ubuntu.com/community/iMacCoreDuo
It seems I was wrong — it's not easy. Ubuntu's link to "core installation" seems to lead into the wilderness, and the Debian documentation is obsolete.
It looks as you you need to spell out you problem: e.g.
Which Linux installation disk are you trying to use?
Does the live session boot?
If you get as far as running the installer, at what stage does it fail?
Exactly what error messages do you get when things go wrong?
in imac 5,1 core 2 duo
i have only been able to install ubuntu 11.4 which means that my wireless network doesnt work, it says device not ready, firmware missing.
how do i install ubuntu latest version using the terminal because the apple bios???? wont allow me to mount the iso file. what script do i need to get it installed via the terminal ?
Hi guys , I m having a lot of problems trying to install Ubuntu on my old Mac. I just want to know how to install the latest version from the terminal.
Moderator, please don't delete my post or close it, no one is answering the previous question because I phrased the question wrong. The answer that someone gave me was wrong and they posted they were wrong.
I'm sure if you are the moderator you know the answer to this question. Rather than cutting me off, why don't you help me find the answer to the question. That's why I joined this forum, I'm new and I haven't a clue about linux. I'm trying to learn.
There's something with those particular iMac core 2 duos that won't mount the ISO. I remember seeing an install for a software program that said something like sudo gedit download and install ?????? And I typed it into the terminal and it was amazing. It downloaded it and installed it. I just wondered if you can type a command into the terminal to upgrade Ubuntu from 11.4 to the present one. Everything I tried says command not found. I was hoping you 'terminal guys' would know some command that would do it.
If you research the iMac core 2 duo you will see that it is a problematic machine. I have no idea why.
Jefro, it allowed me to boot 11.4
None of the other ISO disks worked. I tried mint, Ubuntu studio, ubuntu, Lubuntu, xubuntu
I ended up with Ubuntu 11.4 because it was the only one that would mount. It seems that there's a weird problem with old macs and the bios. Although please understand I havent a clue what I'm talking about. I don't think its possible to clean install on a Mac, I think you have to leave some of the system bios on the machine.
Anyway, to answer your question, it was the only one that would boot and unfortunately it is discontinued so any attempts to update it reach a command not found.