I'm a beginner using Linux and have used Mint, Kubuntu, Ubuntu, Manjaro, ElementaryOS and Fedora on another machine (Macbook Air 2013).

I have an old MacBook Pro I wish to revive, but I can't seem to get it to boot and install on any distro except Lubuntu (specifically 18.04 alternative). I can get it to install but then it just sits in black screen forever I've tried waiting and many posts on here but I can't get anything to work. I get the USBs to boot and bring up a menu for install or try Linux but no matter what I do I can't progress to any further steps except with as the aforementioned Lubuntu. Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated.

  • Did you check the hashes of the downloaded ISO? – wxl Aug 15 at 20:53
  • I have, everything is fine on that side – Wolve_Saint Aug 15 at 21:26
  • Did you check the hashes of the installed media? That's a little bit more difficult, but it checks for copy errors while checking the ISO itself only checks for download errors. – wxl Aug 15 at 21:27
  • Also done, I'm currently check to see if a noefi install will work – Wolve_Saint Aug 15 at 21:29
  • How much free memory you have? Alternative is unique in that it's a non-graphical installer and so memory usage is really low. – wxl Aug 15 at 21:32

Hi thanks @wxl for all the help I have figured it out i just need to boot into the installer with noacpi nosplash nomodeset, and have rEFInd preinstalled fixed all the problems i was have getting into the live session and graphical installer. So far I've tested and had success with mint, kubuntu, ubuntu, and manjaro. Thanks Wolve_Saint

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