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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?

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