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In case someone else attempts this they should not try any of the following routes when attempting to make a bootable installation or live ubuntu CD. Basically, nothing works and Ubuntu should probably remove the option of installing or using from Macbooks from their site considering that many/most new macbooks wont even have DVD drives. In order, I've tried:

Without rEFIt installed all of the following failed:

  • Convert iso to img, dd to USB stick (default recommendation on site)
  • Same as above but partitioning with MBR first (shouldnt make a difference but you know, when stuff fails you get desperate)
  • Same as above but partitioning with GUID first
  • Use unetbootin on a MBR partitioned stick with original iso (unetbootin only works with MBR/MSDos)

With rEFIt installed all of the following failed:

  • Convert iso to img, dd to USB stick (default recommendation on site)
  • Same as above but partitioning with MBR first
  • Same as above but partitioning with GUID first
  • Use unetbootin on a MBR partitioned stick with original iso

Basically, there is simply no route. Or am I missing something?

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I'm with you! Quite an embarrassment to keep those instructions online release after release, with the same results every time. –  yusf Feb 14 '13 at 8:09
    
it really is effecting my opinion of company managing the direction of development for ubuntu. –  cyphunk Feb 18 '13 at 21:12
    
askubuntu.com/a/130614/20459 –  yusf Feb 19 '13 at 23:28
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This hasn't been my experience. I've followed the instructions for creating a bootable USB stick that were on the Ubuntu website, and it worked fine on my Retina Macbook Pro. This is a 'new world' Mac - with no DVD drive or built-in ethernet port. I've a blog post with the steps that I took for the full install, but I just followed the instructions on the Ubuntu site for the USB stick creation.

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I read through your post. Thanks. I had not heard of Refind. I will add it to the list, try it out in the coming days, and figure out if this fixes the problem. Ubuntu should do the same in their instructions as what you tried deviates significantly from anything they recommend. –  cyphunk Mar 5 '13 at 13:20
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