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I installed Ubuntu 20.04 on my MacBook Pro today with a USB and went through the installation process during which I chose to remove OSX and just have Ubuntu on the machine.

After this it all worked fine, I started setting it up and downloading apps etc. then at one point closed my laptop to go do something else. When I came back it had turned off and when I tried to turn it back on by holding the power button it booted to the splash screen and stayed stuck on that for a while with the spinning wheel spinning infinitely:

Splash screen image

I left it for about ten minutes with no progress and when I do CTRL-ALT-T to open the terminal, the text shows up but nothing moves and no new commands come in.

I turned it off and on again multiple times to get the same result.

Eventually I plugged the USB with the .iso on it again and booted it up which took me back to the installation process (although now my trackpad wouldn't work). I didn't want to go through this again as I figured it still wouldn't boot after I closed the laptop again.

I just tried holding ALT while powering up which takes me to the screen where I can select the EFI drive:

ALT boot screen

After selecting this, a black screen appears with the message "System BootOrder not found. Initializing defaults." It then took me to the login screen with my user profile I set up earlier, but my trackpad wasn't working. I could try plugging in a USB mouse and going from there, figuring out how to install the drivers to allow my trackpad to work, but clearly this is going to happen every time I boot up.

I'm completely new to this so have no idea what to do, my guess is that there is something I have to do after installation is complete to set up future boot processes but I don't know how to do that.

I am on a 2017 MacBook Pro with 2.3 GHz i5 and 8GB of RAM. It's [this one][2] here.

Please let me know if you need any more information. Thanks.

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  • I left it for about ten minutes with no progress and when I do CTRL-ALT-T to open the terminal, the text shows up but nothing moves and no new commands come in. What commands did you expect to appear?
    – David
    Jan 16 at 10:23
  • @David sorry, perhaps I phrased it wrong. I meant that there's no activity on the terminal so it seems that the whole thing is completely stuck and nothing is happening "behind the scenes".
    – werner_b
    Jan 16 at 10:24
  • After the terminal opens till you type a command I would not expect to see anything there.
    – David
    Jan 16 at 10:26

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