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Re: Fedora on Macbook Air?



Colin>> I'm having better luck with F12. I'm staring at the
Colin>> configure-disk-partitions option screen, and wandering if I
Colin>> dare change the hfs+ volume to ext4 and proceed.

Colin> But although installation completed OK, I was not able to get it to
Colin> boot.

Colin> The first time I left the EFI System partition intact on /dev/sda1,
Colin> and accepted the default of installing the boot loading on /dev/sda2
Colin> (my /boot partition).

Colin> The result was a light grey screen appeared, and after a while a
Colin> darker-grey folder icon appeared in the centre, with a flashing
Colin> question mark. I assumed it couldn't find the O/S or boot loader.

Colin> I tried again, this time I deleted the EFI System partition and
Colin> installed /boot on /dev/sda1. I installed the boot loader onto
Colin> /dev/sda.

Colin> Same result.

Colin> So I resorted to re-installing Mac OSX, so as to have a usable
Colin> machine.

Colin> Does anyone know how to get F12 to boot from the macbook Air, without
Colin> resorting to Boot Camp (I can't afford the disk space to have both Mac
Colin> OSX and linux installed)?

I did some googling about this a while ago because a friend wanted to
single-boot Ubuntu on her Mac Mini. She got cold feet and stuck to her
dual-boot with rEFIt so the following is theoretical and from memory.

(1) You have to keep sda as a gpt disk.

***start***
# parted
(parted) print
[if "partition table" is not "gpt]
(parted) mktable gpt
***end***

(2) You have to move "/boot" to "/efi/boot" and it has to include a
"boot.efi" (unsure of the exact name) grub binary/stage loader. Take a
look at the structure of the Fedora 12 Live CD. (If you are booted
from it, the "ro" not the "rw" mount.)


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