I am new to this forum, and to Ubuntu. But I am trying to get it installed onto my MacBook Pro (late 2009 - with an installed Samsung SSD).

I have attempted to follow the tutorial on the Ubuntu website:

www.ubuntu.com - How to create a bootable USB stick on OS X

But it doesn't seem to work. I have rEFIt installed as well. I have partitioned my SSD into my main one (Macintosh HD), and a new one (~30GB, Ubuntu). I then followed the tutorial through, but it still doesn't seem to work. I have a few questions (parts I might have messed up on):

  1. I downloaded Ubuntu 13.04, 64 bit. Is this OK?

  2. On Step 3, I renamed the new image so that it ended in ".img" instead of ".dmg", which it converted to. I did this because the rest of the tutorial referred to a file ending in ".img". Was this what I was supposed to do?

  3. When I rebooted and held down the alt key nothing but the rEFIt drive (and the Mac recovery drive came up. No Ubuntu drive (partition), and no USB drive, is this supposed to happen? However, when I booted into rEFIt, the USB drive came up, and when I ran it, it came up with a sort of purple screen the a keyboard and accessibility icon in the bottom center of the screen, after this however, it goes black (screen does not turn off).

(4. If I ever do get it installed, will I have to install any drivers for either my Mac harware or my SSD?)

I am currently on Mountain Lion. The reason why I am using a USB drive is because my MacBook Pro keep spitting out anything (except films...really odd) that I put into it. It rejected the Windows installation disk (which I put into test), and it rejected all CDs and DVDs which I attempted to burn Ubuntu onto.


I suggest you try the Mac version (64bit perhaps) of Ubuntu (or whatever flavor you wish) available on the main Ubuntu release page.

Then you put the ISO on the USB drive using Unetbootin for Mac. Thanks to REFIt or Refind it will work.

Source: That's The Way You Do It: How To Install Ubuntu 13.04 On A Macbook Air Using USB Drive

  • The MAC isos have never worked for me. The EFI loader on the regular image does, however. Installation instrunctions as well as grub configuration/SSD optimiaztion/proprietary driver installation are going to differ from Macbook to Macbook. You're better off finding a guide suited to your specific MBP model number. IE. 5,5. 5,3 or 5, 7 – amanthethy Oct 6 '14 at 18:27

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