Ubuntu on MAC Book

Can Ubuntu be installed on MAC Book?  -on start up / boot ,

with USB Drive
or DVD
?


Thanks
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mvalencia2003Asked:
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serialbandCommented:
Yes.

You'll need to partition the drive first with Disk Utility if you want to dual boot.  You'll also need to install rEFIt to be able to boot from the Linux Partition.
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mvalencia2003Author Commented:
OS X does not load , is it possible to install Ubuntu on boot up
(boot from disc/
usb)
?

Thanks
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strungCommented:
Please be a bit more specific with your question. Why doesn't OS X load? What version of OS X do you have? If it is 10.7 or newer, have you tried booting into the recovery partition by holding down Command-R and repairing the disk?
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mvalencia2003Author Commented:
it is a Mac Book (early 2008) ,
OS may be = 10.5.2 or 10.6


?
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mvalencia2003Author Commented:
Not sure why it won't load ,
sometimes I see : folder with question mark ,

sometimes : circle with slash ,


Tried : Command + S
= Nothing

Tried booting from OSX Disc , hold down Option - -
Nothing
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strungCommented:
Why do you want to boot from Ubuntu?
What are you trying to accomplish? Are you trying to erase and install Ubuntu, or trying to repair the Mac?
Do you have any of the original system DVDs that came with the Mac?
Do you have another Mac available?
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mvalencia2003Author Commented:
Have original OS X Disc , v 10.6.3

Would like to repair MAC , ...


If can't repair - is it possible to install new OS?  Ubuntu?
Thanks


-No other MAC available ,
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strungCommented:
Is the OS X disk one that came with the computer to begin with, or is it an OEM disk from another Mac or a full commercial install disk?

Macs will not boot from an OEM disk that came with a different model Mac.

Macs will not boot from an commercial install disk that is older than the system which shipped with the Mac.
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mvalencia2003Author Commented:
How can I get a disc that will work on this model MAC?
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strungCommented:
10.6.3 should work with that computer if it is a full retail copy and not an OEM disk. Full retail copies, I think, were black, OEM were grey. Can you tell if it is OEM or not?

Will it boot from the CD if you boot holding down the C key?
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mvalencia2003Author Commented:
it is grey ,

not black
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strungCommented:
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mvalencia2003Author Commented:
it boots from disc when holding down C , , then it says :
Preparing to Install

then goes to : MAC OS X can't be installed on this computer ,
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mvalencia2003Author Commented:
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strungCommented:
Probably because it is an OEM disk.
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mvalencia2003Author Commented:
?
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strungCommented:
The disk at the link is retail. My comment "Probably because it is an OEM disk." was in reference to your post "then goes to : MAC OS X can't be installed on this computer"
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mvalencia2003Author Commented:
so retail OS X , should allow the install?
Thanks again ,

!
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mvalencia2003Author Commented:
Thanks
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strungCommented:
Yes. You may have to run disk utility from the boot disk to repair the disk first.

You might see if the disk that you have gives you that option? Is there a menu item before it asks to install showing "utilities" or "disk utility" or "disk first aid"?

If so, then try to run "repair disk". If the disk can be repaired, you may not have to re-install the OS.
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