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i want to install ubuntu on macbook pro (early 2011) as single os ( i don't need os x yosemite ), the hdd in the macbook pro is new and have nothing installed on it, i have tried booting from live cd but it won't go beyond option "try ubuntu" please help me...!!!

Resources i have : windows 7 and ubuntu (dual booted) laptop, Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS live cd

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In order to boot from the DVD on a macbook pro you need to turn off your macbook pro, hold in the option key, turn on the computer while the option key is still in, and let it out when you get a boot menu. Select the DVD as the boot device. Then run Ubuntu setup as normal.

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    sir i have tried that already i got the boot menu and selected "try ubuntu" but it wont go beyond that all i get is black screen pls help. – smitraj Aug 20 '16 at 8:14
  • have you tried "install Ubuntu"? – Artful Aardvark Aug 20 '16 at 10:44
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    yes, the same black screen appears after choosing the option "install ubuntu". – smitraj Aug 22 '16 at 8:16
  • Are you using 64 bit? A 2011 mac will be using 64 bit. – Artful Aardvark Aug 23 '16 at 16:10
  • if you use 32 bit ISO you will probably get that error – Artful Aardvark Aug 23 '16 at 16:11
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To boot into Ubuntu on the macbook pro you need to add an additional kernel boot option. In the boot menu where is the option to "try ubuntu" press e key on your keyboard and add nomodeset after quiet splash, like this:

quiet splash nomodeset

Here you can read more about nomodeset kernel boot option What does `nomodeset` do

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