[clug] Installing debian on a macpro - grub failed
hal at ashburner.info
Mon Dec 16 16:15:35 MST 2013
Hi Logan, Adam, Clug,
iirc macs use (U)EFI rather than bios and don't have a bios compatibility
mode that's much use for installations. Recent fedora works with EFI,
recent ubu too. Not sure about debian
Suggests it can be done but not with the standard installer. And with a
fair bit of mucking about - caveat I only skimmed it in 10 seconds.
I'd go with the most recent Fedora myself as it's probably what Matt
Garrett uses nowadays and it's a very solid distro with a large userbase
which maximises your chances of someone else having hit and written
problems they've had and solutions when you hit them.
As always YMMV. Good luck.
On 17 December 2013 09:53, Adam Baxter <voltagex at voltagex.org> wrote:
> > It seems that this new istallation is the only operating system on this
> > computer.
> > If so, it should be safe to install the GRUB boot loader to the master
> > boot record
> > of your first hard drive.
> > Install the GRUB boot loader to the master boot record? Yes
> > Unable to install GRUB in /dev/sda
> > Executing 'grub-install /dev/sda' failed.
> > This is a fatal error.
> > Continue, continue.
> > It wouldn't let me continue, and I tried to do GRUB again, so I tried to
> > do the following with no idea what I was doing!!!!!!!
> > Install the LILO boot loader on a hard disk.
> > LILO installation target: /dev/sdb: Master Boot Record
> > Do you want to add the large-memory option? Yes
> > Do you want to convert boot and root options? Yes
> > Do you want to run /sbin/lilo now? Yes
> > Installation complete
> > The CD will automatically eject. Take the CD and close the tray by hand.
> > Continue
> > The computer automatically rebooted
> > The flashing ? folder is shown
> > Won't boot into anything - just keep getting flashing folder!!!!!
> > Press power button to turn off computer.
> > Turn on computer and hold down option key - still nothing - just flashing
> > ? folder.
> See if you can restart the install, either from CD or USB
> Sorry to whoever I've stolen the following chunk from:
> > I'd suggest you choose Help from the first install screen and type
> > "expert" then check Ctrl+Alt+F4 (not sure what that will map to on the
> Mac keyboard, maybe Ctrl+Option+F4) after the GRUB step to see the errors
> For GRUB errors I really really need the logs. I bet it's looking for a
> partition that you blew away earlier ;)
> Definitely don't mess with LILO.
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