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by fabien85
Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Macbook Pro no EFI boot option
Replies: 6
Views: 289

Re: Macbook Pro no EFI boot option

Installing anything in the live session does not do anything. The live session features a temporary filesystem which gets reset everytime you reboot. Even if you had used a live USB with persistence, you would have installed refind on the USB stick, not on the internal hard drive. The simplest is th...
by fabien85
Sat Sep 12, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Macbook Pro no EFI boot option
Replies: 6
Views: 289

Re: Macbook Pro no EFI boot option

Hi, (I would not call myself an expert on refind :) ) I never used ext3, but as far as I understand you will still need the ext4_x64.efi driver. Because (i) you need a driver, the Apple EFI firmware (and in fact no commercial firmware to my knowledge) cannot natively read Linux filesystems, and (ii)...
by fabien85
Sat Sep 05, 2020 3:33 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Apple iMac 17-Inch "Core 2 Duo" installation (linux Mint MATE 19.3)
Replies: 29
Views: 707

Re: Apple iMac 17-Inch "Core 2 Duo" installation (linux Mint MATE 19.3)

That's specifically not what I was told (Discord source from Mint-related poeple who know about cross-OS installations). It seems that my particular piece of machinery requires special treatment, due to the complicated mix of 32-bit UEFI and 64-bit architechtire. Would you care to comment? If you w...
by fabien85
Fri Sep 04, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Apple iMac 17-Inch "Core 2 Duo" installation (linux Mint MATE 19.3)
Replies: 29
Views: 707

Re: Apple iMac 17-Inch "Core 2 Duo" installation (linux Mint MATE 19.3)

same here, actually. maybe this w/end I'll get around to it. still wondering how to format and which partition priorities to assign to particular partitions, though... If you go for the solution of swapping hard drives, then you do not need to worry about it : just format the target drive with a MB...
by fabien85
Wed Sep 02, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Apple iMac 17-Inch "Core 2 Duo" installation (linux Mint MATE 19.3)
Replies: 29
Views: 707

Re: Apple iMac 17-Inch "Core 2 Duo" installation (linux Mint MATE 19.3)

(sorry for the slow reply, I started a new job on monday and am overwhelmed. I will probably keep being slow to reply in the coming weeks) It's a pity the external DVD reader does not work. If you turn to the solution of swapping the hard drive, then you can use your Asus laptop to install Linux on ...
by fabien85
Sun Aug 30, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Apple iMac 17-Inch "Core 2 Duo" installation (linux Mint MATE 19.3)
Replies: 29
Views: 707

Re: Apple iMac 17-Inch "Core 2 Duo" installation (linux Mint MATE 19.3)

Ok the outputs look perfectly normal. So it just seems like you have free unallocated space after your macOS partition, on sectors 285360168 and following, with 27221607 sectors available. In order of preference, I would 1) burn a DVD and boot Linux from it, be it only to examine the hard drive (and...
by fabien85
Sun Aug 30, 2020 6:03 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Apple iMac 17-Inch "Core 2 Duo" installation (linux Mint MATE 19.3)
Replies: 29
Views: 707

Re: Apple iMac 17-Inch "Core 2 Duo" installation (linux Mint MATE 19.3)

I remembered that I have an old mac lying around, turns out it's also running macOS 10.6.8. I had a look and indeed Disk Utility does not have the possibility to do SMART self-tests. Also, if your hard drive is the original one it's quite possible it does not have these SMART capacities. Concerning ...
by fabien85
Sat Aug 29, 2020 6:42 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Apple iMac 17-Inch "Core 2 Duo" installation (linux Mint MATE 19.3)
Replies: 29
Views: 707

Re: Apple iMac 17-Inch "Core 2 Duo" installation (linux Mint MATE 19.3)

Thanks for the infos on the 32-bit and graphic card stuff. Refind + ISO on the hard drive : 1) boot macOS, open Disk Utility, resize the macOS partition and make more partitions in the free space how to do that exactly depends on your macOS version, but I'm sure you will find out. We want to have tw...
by fabien85
Fri Aug 28, 2020 5:28 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Apple iMac 17-Inch "Core 2 Duo" installation (linux Mint MATE 19.3)
Replies: 29
Views: 707

Re: Apple iMac 17-Inch "Core 2 Duo" installation (linux Mint MATE 19.3)

First, do not despair (yet) and arm yourself with patience. I know it's been several days you have been working on this, and to be honest it's probably going to take several more. I would take this as a medium-term DIY project. Definitely do not rely on the machine running Linux in the next few days...
by fabien85
Thu Aug 27, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Apple iMac 17-Inch "Core 2 Duo" installation (linux Mint MATE 19.3)
Replies: 29
Views: 707

Re: Apple iMac 17-Inch "Core 2 Duo" installation (linux Mint MATE 19.3)

Hum, it's a shame the DVD drive does not work. For the rest, I would need some clarifications : - do you still have macOS installed on the machine ? - for the two photos : are these two different tries ? or is one after the other ? you got to the grub menu, right ? - what happened after you "hit any...
by fabien85
Wed Aug 26, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Apple iMac 17-Inch "Core 2 Duo" installation (linux Mint MATE 19.3)
Replies: 29
Views: 707

Re: Apple iMac 17-Inch "Core 2 Duo" installation (linux Mint MATE 19.3)

If you want to try Debian, that's your choice. However Linux Mint Mate or Xfce should work without problem on your machine (better if you have 2GB RAM). I have it working on an even older macbook. Also as far as I understand Debian is quite conservative in terms of packages, so you are going to get ...
by fabien85
Tue Aug 25, 2020 4:55 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Apple iMac 17-Inch "Core 2 Duo" installation (linux Mint MATE 19.3)
Replies: 29
Views: 707

Re: Apple iMac 17-Inch "Core 2 Duo" installation (linux Mint MATE 19.3)

+1 on SMG and Pulegium's posts The fact that the EFI is 32-bit makes things complicated indeed. The second difficulty is that some of the old Macs do not want to boot an external USB or hard drive, or at least not boot it in Legacy mode. It may be the case of your machine. You have several solutions...
by fabien85
Fri Aug 21, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: [SOLVED] Linux Mint 19.3 only boots through EFI file
Replies: 19
Views: 550

Re: Linux Mint 19.3 only boots through EFI file

I suspect arvy is right that the problem is with the firmware not handling correctly the UEFI. Though I would like to see the BootInfo report, to confirm that by checking that everything is setup correctly. If I asked for the computer brand (sorry I missed it's an HP, I read the posts too quickly), ...
by fabien85
Fri Aug 21, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: [SOLVED] Linux Mint 19.3 only boots through EFI file
Replies: 19
Views: 550

Re: Linux Mint 19.3 only boots through EFI file

The boot repair tool tries to solve the boot problems ... And succeeds in making them worse when misapplied. Why? It creates a lot of new UEFI files which make the situation much more confusing and harder to debug, and sometimes this was not the right thing to do. To be fair, it works most of the t...
by fabien85
Fri Aug 21, 2020 6:26 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: /dev/mapper/mint--vg-root does not exist
Replies: 10
Views: 352

Re: /dev/mapper/mint--vg-root does not exist

Before trying any command to fix the system, I suggest that you go backup your files. This can be done through graphical interface : 1) use another computer to burn a live USB of Mint 20 (or Ubuntu 20.04). You should already know how to do that, that's how you installed Mint the first time. From Min...
by fabien85
Tue Aug 04, 2020 7:41 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: MacBook Pro Dual Boot Walkthough
Replies: 10
Views: 602

Re: MacBook Pro Dual Boot Walkthough

I was wondering if you (or anyone) had any thoughts about, and/or experience with, installing rEFInd to its own HFS+ volume. I have not yet seen anyone mentioning this on this forum, you will likely be on your own. A few people on the net have done it, I put the refs below. It seems you have to cre...
by fabien85
Mon Aug 03, 2020 3:47 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Home directory encryption
Replies: 4
Views: 160

Re: Home directory encryption

+1 on everything said. Have backups. The preferred way for encryption nowadays is full system encryption (the technical solution behind is LUKS), which is offered as an option by the installer. Home directory encryption (the technical solution behind is ecryptfs) suffers from a bit lower performance...
by fabien85
Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Macbook Leopard Install Issue
Replies: 4
Views: 188

Re: Macbook Leopard Install Issue

Here are the specs of the machine : https://everymac.com/systems/apple/macbook/specs/macbook_1.83.html This a 32-bit computer. And indeed it's fairly old, so I would consider you lucky if you manage to get a modern linux on it that runs bareably. You will not be able to install Mint 20, any version,...
by fabien85
Sat Jul 18, 2020 6:19 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: [SOLVED] "Initramfs unpacking failed: Decoding failed" after upgrade to LM 20
Replies: 10
Views: 4070

Re: "Initramfs unpacking failed: Decoding failed" after upgrade to LM 20

- The output of the sudo command in the terminal is: [sudo] password for user: update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-5.4.0-40-generic I: The initramfs will attempt to resume from /dev/sdd3 I: (UUID=4aa99f5d-d3af-4f9b-b1f8-4e0cfb5e6861) I: Set the RESUME variable to override this. - The ment...
by fabien85
Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:52 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: (SOLVED) Can rEFInd boot a MAC to an external usb BIOS drive??
Replies: 30
Views: 1537

Re: (SOLVED) Can rEFInd boot a MAC to an external usb BIOS drive??

Hum yeah now that I remember it, the ctrl+alt+F1 (by the way it would work also for F2 .. F6) often does not work on Macs. Sorry I forgot that. So the only advice I have left is to try the uswusp package. But you are right that it's enough time spent on the issue. If you ever want to reopen it, make...

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