Questions relating to Apple's Macbook. Use this tag if you have trouble installing or using Ubuntu on the Apple Macbook. Please use the macbook-air or macbook-pro tag if the question is Macbook Air or Macbook Pro Specific.

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How can I create a live USB with persistant storage that will run on a Macbook Air without using rEFIt?

Sometimes I have to use a MacBook Air (2,1) at work. I'd like to be able to have an Ubuntu USB stick with persistent storage space for it, that does not require any modification of the machine's ...
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NOUVEAU on 2013 15" macbook 14.04 crashes on resume

I have a 2013 Macbook Pro 15" (Macbook 11,3). My laptop works perfectly fine except awaking from suspend. I can see the screen, the keyboard does not work after waking up and my laptop (at least my ...
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How to fix webcam on Macbook Pro 5,5

I'm running Ubuntu 10.04 on a Macbook Pro 5.5. When I initially installed, the webcam worked perfectly, and I could use Cheese to take photos or video without any problems. However, now when I open ...
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How do I install 64-bit Ubuntu Server on MacBook?

Apparently, Macs have trouble booting the standard Ubuntu iso images (see ref). [Macs] apparently can't cope with multi-catalog CDs, and simply refuse to boot them... [Colin Watson] therefore ...
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Installing Ubuntu on a Mac with USB stick made on Windows/Ubuntu

I've been searching all over the internet with absolutely no luck, just how to triple boot, which doesn't help me at all. I have a MacBook Pro (2007) and I attempted to upgrade the OS. It fails every ...
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How to boot from a usb-drive with ubuntu installed on it?

I'm using a macbook and am trying to use one usb-drive to install ubuntu onto another usb-drive and boot from that other usb-drive. I created an installationdisk for ubuntu 14.04, and then installed ...
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Temp readings on 08 Macbook

I just recently pulled out my old macbook, white from a long time ago to see if I can get it running just as a throw-a-round. It has a core duo, 2gb of ram (I may be putting 4 in -shrug-) and battery ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 - BUG? SSH login failing [duplicate]

Ubuntu 14.04 - installed apt-get install openssh-server, username is sun and password is 1234 and root also has password 1234. Remotely connecting and failing to allow me. suns-MacBook-Air:js sun$ ...
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How to remove Ubuntu Linux of a Macbook and put OS X back on? [closed]

I bought a MacBook off ebay, thinking it would have OS X on it, but it didn't. It came with Ubuntu GNU/Linux. And I was wondering how to put OS X back on it as I don't like Ubuntu Linux. I think it is ...
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Why is the Ubuntu installation not working on a Macbook Air, while I can boot the live CD?

I've got a Macbook Air mid 11 (1.6 GHz Intel Core i5, 2GB 1333 MHz DDR3 Ram). I've downloaded ubuntu 14.04.1 version and I've followed these instructions to make a dual boot on my Air, with Ubuntu ...
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File Sharing Ubuntu Desktop 14.04 & OSX Mavericks

Trying to set up file share between Ubuntu Desktop & OSX Mavericks - have had massive issues so far due to my naivete. The Ubuntu Desktop machine will act as a server to a Macbook Pro & ...
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Macintosh HD will only mount ro, because it is journaled

A little history first, I've installed 14.04 on another partition of a MacBook 5.1 because of a completely botched Mavericks upgrade which has left OS X unusable. I had to use rEFInd to get it to ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 on Macbook Air 6,1 nr_cpus=1

After I installed Ubuntu 14.04 along side OSX with refind, selecting Ubuntu (or previously Xubuntu), then Ubuntu from the Grub menu just gives a purple screen. I changed the Grub config from "quiet ...
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Wiping Mac OS completely and installing Ubuntu: Will the webcam work?

What I have: old MacBook (3,1), Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GHz, 1 processor. OS: 10.5.8 The macbook is old and has a lot of problems (ignoring the fact that the OS cannot be updated without paying, the disk ...
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/boot/grub/i386-pc/normal.mod not found in grub rescue [duplicate]

I dun goofed. So I have an old macbook pro and I wanted to wipe it clean and install Linux on it. In the process of doing so, I completely removed Mac OS X which I was okay with, but the Linux ...
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Just installed Ubuntu on my MacBook pro. Now my screen randomly goes black during use

Just installed Ubuntu on my MacBook pro (15 inch Mid 2010) today and I am running into an issue where my screen will just go black and it almost seems like the computer shuts down suddenly. The ...
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Macbook keyboard problem

I'm running Ubuntu Studio 14.04 on my Macbook 3,1. It worked well until today. The internal keyboard doesn't work properly anymore. Most keys don't work at all, while a few produce the wrong ...
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Macbook Air - how to install a dual bootable Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

On my Macbook Air 10.9.2 without crashing the current setup, how can i install as dual boot: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS ? (can anyone please advise some step by step please)
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MacBook Air (3,2) odd Behavior when starting

So I partitioned my drive and installed ubuntu 14.04 on my mac. I went in ubuntu to install some proprietary drivers. Restarted my computer and this is what happened: Started normally Login ...
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Blank screen booting Ubuntu 14.04 iso on 2011 Macbook Pro 17"

Macbook Pro (17-inch, Late 2011) I've tried booting from the official Ubuntu-14.04 desktop iso, and I can get to the grub menu, however choosing either "try ubuntu" or "install ubuntu" results in a ...
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Bless doesn't fix white boot screen boot delay for single-boot Xubuntu 14.04 on Macbook 4,1

I still have a 30-second delay on the white boot-up screen before Xubuntu loads after trying various combinations of bless --device as recommended here: ...
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Best Compatibility {ThinkPad Vs. MacBook} [closed]

I am a fun of Ubuntu and Lenovo. So far I have used Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and 14.04 LTS in many different machines including Lenovo G570 and Thinkpad T430. Now, I am about to buy a new laptop. My ...
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How to install Ubuntu as the single OS on a MacBook?

How do I install Ubuntu as the only OS on a MacBook? That is, I'd like to completely remove Mac OS X and install Ubuntu. I've tried dual-booting, but I've had so much trouble that I prefer to have ...
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New install of 14.04 LTS on Macbook Pro (triple boot) won't boot after install

I got my Macbook Pro 2009 to successfully dual boot to Windows 7 and Yosemite. I installed Mint and it wouldn't boot so then I tried Ubuntu LTS. When I boot up and select Ubuntu in Refind, it hangs ...
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Mac OSX update broke booting Ubuntu

I have a mac that is running a dual boot with OSX and Ubuntu. I am using rEFIT. I just updated my OSX to the new OSX Mavericks, but when i restarted my computer and tried to enter Ubuntu from rEFIT I ...
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Unable to connect to wifi, 12.04 macbook pro

Just intalled ubuntu 12.04 on my macbook pro. Tried installing additional drivers to be able to use my wifi card. It says the activation failed and to check /var/log/jockey.log I went here to try and ...
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Simple way to connect MacBook Pro laptop to an external display in Ubuntu 12.04

I would like to know a simple way to connect a MacBook Pro laptop to an external VGA LCD display in Ubuntu 12.04, using the machine's mini display-port and a mini display-port to VGA adapter. I've ...
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Brightness buttons on Macbook Pro 7.1

I'm following the steps here. The website says to set the driver to NVIDIA binary Xorg driver and nvidia-current (not nvidia-current-updates), but I don't see that option. I set the driver to ...
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Missing partitions MacBook (2006)

My friend came over recently, with a corrupted MacBook (2006). He doesn't have the Snow Leopard DVD. I've live booted Ubuntu 8.04 (None newer than that worked) and seems to be working OK. The only ...
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Downloading files from Ubuntu 1 to mac

I have tried to download my files from Ubuntu-one to my macbook but it doesn't work. I downloaded the u1-Downloader and called up directions for use on mac. Below is what comes up in my terminal ...
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Removing fallback efi from refind

I've installed the latest refind to manage a ssd partitioned with OSX and Ubuntu. This has been working great and has been set up exactly how I wanted it until a recent dist-upgrade. For some reason ...
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Strange wifi issue (incorrectly maxed-out signal strength), Ubuntu 14.04, Macbook Pro Late 2013

OK, so currently I'm having some issues with my wifi -- it sporatically stops working and reports my wifi strength is 100% (-3dBm+, which is obviously incorrect). It worked just fine back in 13.10. I ...
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Macbook Air 2013 won't wake after opening lid 14.04

I've got a 13" mid-2013 MacBook Air, and I'm dual booting OSx and Xubuntu. Everything seems to be working relatively well except waking the laptop by opening the lid. The screen lights up to the login ...
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ubuntu in virtual box in a macbook pro crashed during installation

I have a mac book pro and I need to test ubuntu under virtual machine. I have downloaded both xubuntu 13.10 64bit both ubuntu 12.04 64bit I have downloaded Virtual box, created a new machine (with ...
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Cursor only moving horizontally on a macbook 6.2 with Ubuntu 12.04

After installing Ubuntu 12.04 on a Macbook pro 6.2, the touchpad and external USB mouse worked perfectly. After restarting the system, I can't get either touchpad or external USB mouse to work. ...
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how to view 4K video

I'm trying to view some 4K resolution MP4 videos generated by a Galaxy Note 3 on my mid-2010 MacBook Pro 7, 1 running Ubuntu 13.10. Using any of the standard major video players (VLC, Totem etc.), I'm ...
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Xmonad keyboard not working (Macbook pro)

I've installed Ubuntu 14.04 on my Macbook Pro retina (11,1) and it all worked swimmingly. Then I tried installing Xmonad, selected it once from my lightdm manager and now it loads by default. (The ...
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Make a portable Ubuntu on a USB stick (bootable on Macbook/iMac)

I have a Macbook Pro 8,1 (early 2011 model). My goal is to have Ubuntu installed onto a USB stick what I can plug into any Macbook / iMac (also potentially any pc) and use Ubuntu anywhere. Here is ...
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Make a USB in Ubuntu to boot a Macbook Air [duplicate]

The title pretty much covers it all, but I want to create a USB drive with Ubuntu on it to boot a Macbook Air. My computer has Ubuntu 14.04 on it, and that's it. How do I do it ?
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Kubuntu 14.04 freezing on MacBook Pro 6,2, not booting ldm

I've reinstalled Kubuntu 14.04 multiple times to fix this, but it has not fixed this problem. I have a MacBook Pro 2010 15 inch with NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M 256 MB GPU. Basically, this is what happens ...
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Card reader draining power on MacBook running 14.04

I'm using 14.04 on a MacBook Air 5,2 (mid 2012, 13"). I just recently noticed powertop listing the built-in card reader to drain massive amounts of power: Power est. Usage Device name 6.68 W ...
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Will Ubuntu degrade my macbook pro battery?

I used Ubuntu on my previous laptops and it was very common that after I use Ubuntu on my laptop the battery almost always degraded. The batteries on my old laptops were LiON.
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Macbook 8.1 overheating

I have a macbook 8.1 with ubuntu 12.04 installed. But my cpu is getting very hot. On Mac my CPU is 50-60°C warm. But on ubuntu my mac is getting very hot and is by about 60°C but with min 3000rpm ...
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ubuntu-gnome on mac

I would like to install ubuntu-gnome 13.04 which was released today on my macbook pro. However, unfortunately this version of ubuntu does not have and amd64+mac image. Should I just install the ...
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MacBook Pro Temperature Issues (tlp and cpufreq used)

I recently installed the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on a MacBook Pro, and I have noticed some overheating issues. Specifically, I used indicator-sensors and psensors to monitor the temperature, and the average ...
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How do I switch the Command key and Control key on a MacBook Pro?

I have scoured the web, and I can't seem to get Xmodmap / anything to work properly. I want to swap BOTH my Command keys with my Control key - in essence, inverting what they do currently. How would ...
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Make alsamixer changes permanent

I have installed ubuntu GNOME 14.04 in my macbook Pro 13" mid 2012, and something is wrong with the headphones jack, a red led is on and it just can be turned off with the alsamixer command and muting ...
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Half/quarter of the native resolution on a MacBook with Retina display

I have a MacBook Pro notebook with native resolution of 2560x1600 which makes all my desktop details unreadable. I tried increasing DPI, but icons remain small, so I decided to decrease display ...
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Cannot boot from SD card/flash drive on Macbook Pro 13" - boot fails after purple screen

It's my first time using Ubuntu and I have run into some problems. I have a 16GB USB Flash drive and 16GB SDHC Card. I would prefer to use the SD card but either will do just fine if it helps with ...
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Do Nvidia's drivers work in 12.10 on a MacBook Pro?

UPDATE: Since this question has got many views, I just want to add that from Ubuntu 13.04 onwards, proprietary drivers installed perfectly on my MacBook. Versions of Ubuntu prior to 13.04 will have ...