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Old 09-19-2012, 12:50 PM   #1
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Linux for an Old-ish Macbook


I have an old macbook. I got it sometime between October and December 2007 so I recon it must be a 3.1. Long story short it got broken and now I've fixed the hardware issues but don't have OS disks. Apple want a stupid amount for them so I'm trying to install linux.

I've tried two versions of ubuntu- most recent and a randomly selected older one. Both times it installed fine but I get pretty much no working drivers. I started with not being able to get wifi then realised it can't do connected by ethernet. So I went to packages.ubuntu.com and started working my way backwards through what is missing by looking at what other files are required to install/work what I need. The list got silly long and beyond worth trying to fix.

I can only assume there's a serious mismatch between hardware and software- that sound about right?

If it is about right then any ideas on what to install that would work better with an older macbook? Or educated guess to save me picking one at random

I don't really care what OS ends up on it, I just want it to work. I can figure things out fairly well but I don't really know what I'm doing so nothing too hard to install. Ideally I'd like to be able to keep my current laptop and give the macbook to my mum who wouldn't cope well with anything too different from windows but if that's not possible I'll keep the macbook and give her my current one.
 
Old 09-19-2012, 01:40 PM   #2
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I have an old macbook. I got it sometime between October and December 2007 so I recon it must be a 3.1.
The Debian wiki I think has you covered.

http://wiki.debian.org/MacBook

Below link shows what works with what kernel in Debian on a Macbook 3.1

http://kmuto.jp/debian/hcl/Apple/Macbook+3,1

Good luck with it.

Bug report in case you run into it.

http://www.mail-archive.com/debian-b...sg1026045.html

Arch linux wiki and assorted links in case you prefer Arch Linux instead

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/MacBook

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php...pport_from_ISO

https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=137075

http://wtf.hijacked.us:8080/wiki/ind...10_MacBook_Pro
 
Old 09-19-2012, 01:49 PM   #3
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Just out of curiosity. I googled Fuduntu Linux for Mac also. Looks like it installs and runs OK
also on a older MacBook 2.1

http://www.fuduntu.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=2398

http://fuduntu.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
 
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:17 PM   #4
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Thanks for the reply. I think installing Debian is going to be way beyond me. I don't really follow half of what I'd need to do to get it working

I quickly tried Fuduntu but the disk was playing funny buggers and kept ejecting but can always try it again later if need be

I'm going to see how Arch goes

Last edited by blinki; 09-26-2012 at 02:20 PM.
 
  


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