Mint 17 on 2007 MacBook

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Miami592
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Mint 17 on 2007 MacBook

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Hi all!

I have a 2007 MacBook (basic) that is getting slow with Lion and I want to upgrade to Mint 17. My model uses a version of EFI that makes 17 unreadable. So far I have found a "for Mac" version of Ubuntu 14.04 that was able to install, but I really prefer Mint 17.

Has anyone successfully installed Mint 17 on an 07 MacBook? If so, how?

Thanks in advance-M5
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Re: Mint 17 on 2007 MacBook

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If you have an USB 8GB flashdrive or larger, maybe you can fully install to it (not LIVE version) and see it that works. Are you able to boot a Mint 17 LIVE DVD OK?
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Re: Mint 17 on 2007 MacBook

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Spearmint2 wrote:Are you able to boot a Mint 17 LIVE DVD OK?
That's a negative. I get a: "1.2. Select CD Rom boot type" error.
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Re: Mint 17 on 2007 MacBook

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you could try "mint4win" and see if that works while booted to the Ubuntu install. Or just use WUBI, since mint4win is a wrapper around WUBI. If you can't get a Mint DVD to boot, the only alternate I can see is to try install in different manner.

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WubiGuide

Is that how you installed Ubuntu, with a WUBI type install? If you had both Mac and a Windows under Mac installed on it, then WUBI should work allowing choice of either windows or linux in the boot.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MacBook5-1/Trusty

Seems you may have to turn the EFI off to accomplish.

Main page. Maybe something there will help you do the same to install Mint, since Mint is based on Ubuntu.
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MacBook

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/IntelMacSupport

https://wiki.debian.org/MacBook

My impression from those pages is you make a partition to load Mint onto. You then install but set the bootloader to the partition, such as sda2 or sda3 instead of sda. You then use Boot Camp to add the system into it's bootloader. The Debian page seems more helpful. Use ext2 file system to avoid "journaling".
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