Running Linux Mint 13 Onto MacBook Pro (Mid 2010 Model)

Linux Mint 13 On MacBook Pro

Linux Mint 13 On MacBook Pro

I was able to install Linux Mint 13 onto my MacBook Pro.  I had to say it was riveting to see my MacBook Pro booted into Linux Mint 13 for the first time.  How come?  Probably it was that I never had tried to install any Linux distribution onto a Mac before!  Anyhow, I thought it would be harder for me to install Linux Mint 13 than Windows onto a Mac, but it turned out I got it worked out perfectly the first time around.  Of course, I had used the correct guide, otherwise I would not be able to install Linux Mint 13 onto Mac after just one try.

I followed the Install Linux Mint 12 (Lisa) on 13inch MacBook Air 4.2 (2011 model) tutorial on blog, but I did not follow this tutorial by the letter.  I did not install and use rEFIt (i.e., preferring the use of the Mac’s option key on the keyboard to pick which operating system I want to boot into); I did not use GPT Fdisk to create 3 partitions for the hybrid MBR as I had only used it to create only 2 partitions — this prompted the warning about I had an extra partition that wasn’t used and GPT Fdisk asked about creating an extra partition in case I would be able to use this extra partition in the future for whatever purpose, but I refused to do so as I had read’s Hybrid MBRs: The Good, the Bad, and the So Ugly You’ll Tear Your Eyes Out article how it would be unwise to create an unrecognizable extra partition on Mac.  It appeared that Apple Disk Utility might have a bug that would prevent it to manipulate unknown MBR type codes, and by being careful about this I decidedly it would be wise to not create extra partition.  So, when GPT Fdisk asked me with this command prompt “Unused partition space(s) found. Use one to protect more partitions? (Y/N):,” I candidly replied N for no.

Here is the short version of how I had installed Linux Mint 13 onto Mac.

  1. Use Boot Camp Assistant (come with Mac by default) to create a second partition
  2. Download Linux Mint 13
  3. Burn Linux Mint 13 into a DVD
  4. Insert Linux Mint 13 into Mac’s DVD/CD tray
  5. Reboot Mac (Mac OS X Lion in my case)
  6. Hold down the option key (on the keyboard) right after hearing the chime (boot sound)
  7. Choose the DVD to boot into Linux Mint 13 Live DVD (not the Boot Camp or Mac OS X Lion partition)
  8. Wait for Linux 13 Live DVD to completely load into RAM (random access memory) and load itself up in a working stage
  9. Double click on the DVD icon (I think it labels as installing onto hard drive or something of this sort) that allows the installing of Linux Mint 13 onto Mac
  10. Follow the onscreen instruction to install Linux Mint 13, but I had to manually customize the partitions for Linux Mint 13 to make sure I that I would be able to pick the Linux Mint 13 partition (i.e., the root partition that represents by a backslash “/”) as a Bootloader, otherwise it would be a bad idea to install Linux Mint Bootloader into Mac’s main partition (i.e., you will not have a working Bootloader and won’t be able to boot into Linux Mint later as it would be installed into the wrong partition)
  11. Reboot into Mac and install GPT Fdisk software from the Internet
  12.  GPT Fdisk software is dangerous as it can totally destroy how Mac would boot up and will destroy Mac partitions if use it in the wrong way (i.e., will have to reinstall Mac and all data will be lost) — research on GPT Fdisk and how to use it correctly
  13. Use GPT Fdisk to create a hybrid MBR so when later I first boot into Linux Mint 13 on Mac, I won’t have to face the missing operating system warning
  14. Reboot Mac and hold down the option key (on keyboard) after hearing the chime
  15. Linux Mint 13 welcomes me on a Mac


Linux Tutorial Series’ Part 10

Hello folks, I’d uploaded Part 10 of  Linux Tutorial Series onto YouTube.  You can take a skip to “Linux Tutorial Series” blog post to watch this very YouTube video.

Synopsis for the video above:  Not everyone is able to use Linux only, because some people may have games and applications that only work with Windows operating system.  This is why in this video, I’ll talk about what can we do to get dual boot going, because dual booting will allow users to be able to boot into either Windows and Ubuntu (Linux) on the same machine.  Enjoy!

How To Dual Boot Ubuntu 11.04 And Windows 7 The Traditional Way Through Grub 2

I’ve noticed some people may have troubles in doing dual boot for Ubuntu 11.04 and Windows 7, because sometimes Ubuntu 11.04 or Windows 7 just takes over as the only operating system that your machine can boot into.  Fortunately, I think you can solve this problem by following my little trick here!   I promise you will be able to dual boot your Windows 7 and Ubuntu 11.04.

  1. First, I suggest you to install Ubuntu 11.04 first, but before you can install Ubuntu, you need to use Ubuntu 11.04’s live CD to delete all partitions, format all partitions, designate custom partitions for Ubuntu 11.04 (e.g., /, /tmp, swap, /home).  Warning:  You will lose all data on your hard drives by following through this first step!  Do not complete this first step if you don’t want to do clean dual boot.
  2. Make sure you leave/create enough unused space for Windows 7 to install itself later.  That is, you should have around 80 GB of unused space for Windows 7 to create its own partitions later.  (I prefer 80 GB or more of hard drive space for Windows’ partitions, because Windows is rather large.).
  3. Installing Ubuntu 11.04
  4. Remove Ubuntu 11.04 CD/DVD
  5. Restart/reboot machine
  6. Pop Windows 7 CD/DVD into disk tray
  7. Install Windows 7 on the unused space
  8. Remove Windows 7 CD/DVD from disk tray
  9. Pop in Ubuntu 11.04 CD/DVD into disk tray
  10. Enter Ubuntu Live CD/DVD as “Trying out Ubuntu Live CD/DVD” so you can get to a terminal.
  11. Open a terminal
  12. Type in [sudo fdisk -l]
  13. Look for the device of your Ubuntu 11.04’s root installation (e.g., sdb1, sda1).  Hint:  Ubuntu’s devices should label with file system ext4 or ext3 or something that isn’t NTFS.
  14. Assuming Ubuntu 11.04 was installed on device sdb1, do this [sudo mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt]
  15. Now, do this [sudo grub-install –root-directory=/mnt /dev/sdb], notice there are two dashes in front of root-directory, and I’d not using sdb1 but sdb.
  16. Since the command in step 15 had reinstalled Grub 2, now we need to unmount the /mnt (i.e., sdb1) to clean up.  Do this [sudo umount /mnt]
  17. Reboot and remove Ubuntu 11.04 CD/DVD from disk tray.
  18. Log into Ubuntu 11.04 (you have no choice but it will make you log into Ubuntu 11.04 at this point).
  19. Open up a terminal in Ubuntu 11.04 (using real installation, not live CD/DVD).
  20. Execute this command [sudo update-grub].
  21. Reboot machine
  22. You should now see Grub 2 offers you ways to boot.  You can boot into Windows 7 or Ubuntu 11.04’s specific kernels.  Enjoy!