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Old 12-26-2011, 05:39 PM   #1
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Installing Fedora 16 on a MacBook Pro

I have a MacBookPro5,1 Intel Core 2 Duo system. At one point in time, using the rEFIt boot loader, I was able to triple boot the system between Mac OS X 10.6, Windows 7 (64-bit), and Fedora 12 (64-bit).

A while back I decided I wanted to upgrade to Fedora 15. I can't remember everything that happened. If I recall correcly the last thing I did was to try a clean installation from a DVD. This left me with a system that would not boot into Fedora

I was now interested to see if I'd have any better luck with Fedora 16. I made a created live installation on an USB thumb drive. I tested the drive on another system, so I know it can boot. I tried using it on my laptop, and I got to an installation screen that started displaying a bunch of garbage.

Research indicates this appears to be an issued with the kernel and the nVidia graphics adapter on the laptop. It looks like this issue has existed for a while, (found back on Fedora 14). I'm wondering if there is any point in trying to get Fedora 16 to work on this system.

What do people know about how viable it would be to do a clean install of Fedora 16 on my MacBook Pro?

If this kernel/graphics adapter problem the only thing preventing the installation from working, when could I expect this issue to be addressed, so that the installation will work properly?
Old 01-11-2012, 10:55 PM   #2
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I put that distribution on this machine for awhile.

Does it give you the option to install drivers first? (I recall that some distros do.)

If so, research the fglrx driver at and try installing that at the point of option (if it's compatible).

In any case Nvidia requires a special driver for most Linux systems, or so I've read, and you can find the scoop on
Old 01-11-2012, 11:08 PM   #3
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It's been a while since I tried installing so I don't remember excatly what happened. If I remember I get some kind of introduction screen and then it starts filling up with garbage characters. I don't remember having any option to install any drivers for anything.

I wanted to see if I could find another Linux distribution that was kind of like Fedora in that it had many of the new modern features available and would install on my laptop, so I have deleted my Fedora installation and tried puttying other distribution installation on my USB thumb drive. So far I have not had any luck getting anything to install.


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