Right, I'll get right to it.

How can I make a Linux Live USB on Windows, that I can use on a Mac.

In front of me, I have a Windows laptop, and a dropped Mac Book Pro that won't properly boot. I need the Live USB to see what's wrong with the Mac, but conventional methods won't work. Running Linux on VM on the Windows isn't really viable, as it's a very old laptop, and I can only do basic stuff on it.

The Live USB has to boot on the MAC.

Spec on Mac: 2.4GHz Intel Core i5
13.3 inch MacBook Pro
Model MD313X
Bought early 2012

Sort of in a rush...

Thank you!

  • In order to help you, can you please hit the edit below your question and give us more information what kind of MacBook Pro you are having in front of you? – MadMike Oct 17 '13 at 6:20
  • Well, I added what I can. If you need anything else specific, please ask. – Jack Oct 17 '13 at 6:36
  • So this seems to be a MacBookPro8,1 – MadMike Oct 17 '13 at 6:44
  • It's not my MacBook. I don't know anything about Macs, and we really need this thing booting as quick as possible. Thanks if you can help! – Jack Oct 17 '13 at 6:48
  • @Jack This site is not the right place for urgent matters. And next time indicate what you've tried already, as this is a really basic question as far as I can see, which you can find answers for using the search. – gertvdijk Oct 17 '13 at 6:50

I personaly prefer the Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS release, you can download it from this page and use it with Unetbootin which allows you to create a bootable USB-Stick.

Good luck.

  • 3
    But unetbootin doesn't boot on mac does it? – Jack Oct 17 '13 at 6:51
  • Install Unetbootin on your Windows machine and create the USB-Stick from there. It will create a USB-Stick your MacBook will be able to boot from. – MadMike Oct 17 '13 at 6:56
  • Thanks! I'll try now. Although I should ask whether I should be using the x86 or 64-bit version. – Jack Oct 17 '13 at 7:08
  • The 64-bit version will work fine. – MadMike Oct 17 '13 at 7:13

Right. As for now, what worked for me was this: http://studyblast.wordpress.com/2011/08/14/guide-mac-os-x-lion-how-to-boot-a-linux-live-system-from-a-usb-drive-how-to-update-any-ocz-ssds-firmware/

I got it to boot up to GRUB, but and I probably would have got to Ubuntu eventually, but I didn't bother because I already knew what was there to know.

Thanks everyone!

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