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Old 03-27-2018, 02:22 PM   #1
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Installing on a macbookpro 5.5


I was looking into installing elementary on my macbook pro I went on the elementary os website. It states to use Etcher to install elementary.

I am confused I thought I needed a efi bootloader? What is the best way to install?


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Old 03-27-2018, 02:55 PM   #2
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What hardware has your macbook pro?
 
Old 03-27-2018, 04:06 PM   #3
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Its a mid 2009 macbookpro 5.5 specs are below

https://support.apple.com/kb/sp579?locale=en_US

Mine has 8Gb ram though.
 
Old 03-28-2018, 10:41 AM   #4
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The EFI partition is created and the bootloader is installed during the install process.
 
Old 03-29-2018, 08:29 AM   #5
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Must be a special installation, I use Linux was going to try that. But Mint needed a additional bootloader I was reseaching that
than read an article on elementary os.

After I rechecked my mac I discovered its a mid 2009 not late 2009.

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Old 04-22-2018, 01:13 PM   #6
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My MBP mid 2009 has LinuxMint 18,3 Sylvia on it right now and works great.

You might need 2 other pieces of software, one for fan speed/control, one for maximizing battery life (it will be horrible without the software). Also, when you update drivers, get the ones for your graphics, touchpad, and wifi (if needed). Have a hardwired connection available just in case.

I also recommend using Mate as your DE instead of Cinnamon. It is faster and just as good. Be careful upgrading your kernel though. It might make everything not work. I have not done so on mine and I probably won't ever.
 
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What fan control software TLP for battery whst about fan? Yes I thought about using mate and not cinnamon. Though bluetooth device selecting is better on cinnamon.
 
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tlp is what I use for the battery. It has saved me quite a bit of battery life. Some people use powertop, but I want a software I can fire and forget.

As for fan software, if you find your temps out of whack or the fans too fast, consider "macfanctld." There is also a software called mbpfan with instructions found here: https://ineed.coffee/3838/a-beginner...-under-ubuntu/ THIS software (mbpfan) is what I used because I like easy instructions. The latest version is 2.0.2 as of now. If you choose it, get gedit as well for editing the file. You will notice a difference if all works well.
 
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After much consideration I have decided this is going to be much for the time currently have. I plan on selling it not worth much but its been sitting in a drawer for to long.
 
Old 05-22-2018, 09:43 PM   #10
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The OS should work for you, not the other way around. On my MBP 5,5 I found that El Capitan and higher were too slow to do anything. I put linux mint on mine and it works great. Even with the battery software, the life still isn't great. On Ebay, the things fetch max 300. I say sell it for whatever you can get for it and look into saving for something that does what you need it to and that works for you. If something is a hassle, I usually move on. That is why I never tried Arch Linux and why I put Mint on a MBP to begin with. I don't have time to screw with a hassle. I just want things to work, and work for me.
 
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I have a thinkpad t520 with LM 18.3 cinnamon
and it runs flawlessly. Do I really need the MacBook? Thinking of adding more ram to the thinkpad. I do not think I get three-hundred for it. If I did keep the MacBook could be a learning experience with linux since my experience has been far to easy installing linux. But I do think once it works never update the kernel that most likely will cause a regression.
 
  


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