I am trying to install Linux on a Mac Mini, which currently has Snow Leopard, as a dual boot system. Bare in mind, I am a Mac beginner.
I have installed rEFIt and also created a partition for the installation. All good so far.
I have tried both Linux Mint (latest version) and also Ubuntu 11.04, with I think, slightly more success with Mint. I am following this instruction set: http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/install_linux_your_mac
This is the issue. When I boot Mint from my cd, I get a lot of text messages going by showing the booting process. Good so far. However, it reaches a certain point where the screen blanks. The cd drive continues to chatter for a bit and then silence and a blank screen.
It seems to me (just a guess) that it is using a simple tty driver during the boot process and then when it boots it switches to a graphical video driver which does not work. Just my thoughts. Both mint and Ubuntu behave in a similar fashion, though I think I get more initial messages from mint.
I should point out, that with Mint in the cd, when I reboot with the 'c' key held down, I get an initial Mint screen which has several options: Start Linux Mint, Start Linux Mint (compatibility Mode), etc etc. If I choose Start Linux Mint, I get the effect as described above.
Any idea on how to fix this? Is there another distro which might work? Has anyone here done this successfully?