Re: Installing Etch on Macbook?
On Feb 26, 2007, at 1:18 PM, Jerome BENOIT wrote:
have you tried with the latest Mactel patch ?
do you run a i386 or an amd64 kernel ?
Sami J. Laine wrote:
Got one of those nifty macbooks a while ago and after peeking at
http://wiki.debian.org/MacBook I decided to give it a go immediately.
First of all, this particular Macbook of mine seems to be able to
run GNU/Linux quite nicely: I started experimenting with Ubuntu
and got it up and running without hazzles. So hardware is more or
less ok. However, feeling a bit lonely in the jungles of Ubuntuish
ease of use, I decided to quickly go back to my distribution of
So, 15th Feb 2007 I burned Debian Etch netinst image and forced it
into the SuperDrive tray. Booted. Got that normal "Press F1 for
help, or ENTER to boot: " prompt. Pressed ENTER. Twice. A couple
of times more. After several tries it seemed obvious that whole
system has frozen immediately after displaying the boot prompt.
The Macbook section of Debian Wiki refers to some strange keyboard
problems resulting double keypresses. However, this is not the
same problem since keyboard completely locks up (and thus
instructions in the Wiki are unusable since they refer user to
type some extra parameters for kernel to boot).
Mac OS/X system profiler says my Macbook hardware is of revision
2,1: White Macbook w/ 2GHz Intel Core2 Duo (1Gb memory, 80Gb HD
but that's not relevant to the problem at hand I guess).
Any ideas how to move on?
These problems are because of BootCamp bugs. Use an USB keyboard and
re-plug it in if it frozes again. It happens only when installing a
"Legacy" OS on Core 2 Duo Macs.
It doesn't occur when actually running another OS, only when booting
it (so also when LILO or GRUB appears, you sometimes may not be able
to choose proper kernel or system from LILO's/GRUB's menu).
As for now - the only solution is using external USB keyboard. So -
the system doesn't freeze, only the built-in keyboard doesn't work
(sometimes). Having or not having mactel-patches doesn't matter in