I have been trying for 14+ hours to install ubuntu linux on my late 2006 macbook. My macbook has functional usb drives, but the optical drive is bad. I have tried all kinds of "how-to" guides online that include sudo dd, partitioning drives, efi, etc. But when I try to boot with efi (refind) with the usb, or on the new drive I partitioned and sudo dd'd, it fails.
The screen comes up at boot with the penguin and mac symbols, and other efi things. But when I click on the penguin to run ubuntu it states this:
Starting Legacy Loader USB load options 'USB' Error: Not Found returned from legacy loader Error: Not Found from LocateDevicePath Error: Load Error while (re)opening our installation volume. The firmware refused to boot from the selected volume. Note that external hard drives are not well-supported by Apple's firmware for legacy OS booting. Hit any key to continue
And then I have to shutdown and restart with the start button because the keyboard refuses to work.
I am kinda at my wit's end with this. I really want ubuntu.
Is there any possible way to install ubuntu for my macbook without buying an external optical drive?
I have seen the "networking" and "bittorrent" installation guides on the ubuntu website, but I have no idea where to even start there. I don't really have any concept of what either of those are.
Can anyone help?