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Re: Installing Linux on a Mac Mini without OSX

On 12/04/2014 01:29 PM, Brian Sammon wrote:> On Thu, 04 Dec 2014 14:46:09 -0500
> Stefan Monnier <monnier@iro.umontreal.ca> wrote:
>>> I was recently given a Mac Mini (Intel Mid 2007) that had been wiped.
>>> I tried to install Debian (Wheezy) on it, and the installer reported
>>> success, but  when it came time to eject and reboot, Debian didn't
>>> boot from the hard drive.
>> [...]
>>> Is there a way to install Debian/Linux on this machine that doesn't involve
>>> buying or borrowing (or "borrowing") a copy of OSX?
>> If you managed to boot a plain-normal Debian CDROM installer, then your
>> machine's firmware has full BIOS support and you can boot a plain-normal
>> Debian install on the harddisk as well, as if the machine were
>> a normal PC.
> Hmm... I was able to boot a plain-normal (I assume it is) Debian CDROM installer, > but now I can't boot the plain-normal (I assume) Debian install that the installer
> said it installed.
> The two questions I have:
> Can I still assume that I have the firmware version that I want?
> What do I do next to troubleshoot/fix this?
> Another random question:
> The installer gave me the choice of installing Grub on the partition or on the
> Master Boot Record.  Which of these should I choose?

Installing to the MBR should fix your booting problems.
Jimmy Johnson

Debian - Wheezy - KDE 4.8.4 - AMD64 - EXT4 at sda1
Registered Linux User #380263

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