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I have an old MacBook 1,1 here and want to install Ubuntu on it. However the disk reader is broken. This leaves me with a bootable USB, however this is not recognized when I boot with EFI (if that makes sense). Is there any way that I can install Ubuntu without a CD or USB drive?

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Yes you can. You can use unetbootin
What you need to do is make a "frugal install" on your local hard disk.

You can read the section "Hard Disk Install Mode" to see how you can do it here

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