Macbook Pro(blems) with 3.4e

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Baby Hen
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Macbook Pro(blems) with 3.4e

Post by steven_abel » Mon Aug 27, 2007 16:23

Hi all,

I am having major issues with SL4.3e on a Macbook Pro and
need some hints. My machine is a standard Mac Pro Core Duo from
this spring and already has SL3.3 dual booting with refit and 2 partitions only -
one for mac one for Linux.

1) First with the LiveDVD when it reaches the SL boot screen 2 times out of
3 the keyboard is dead, so I can't make any selections.

2) If I let it boot it stalls at the grey screen. The only option I can find that
gets around this is to use the nox option at boot and as root type gdm
(it seems to be a kdm problem).

Both of these issues must be reproduceable with any Mac Pro I'm guessing.

3) Using nox I can login and update the installer, but when it comes to
formatting my Linux partition is just tells me there is a major problem.
The only possibility I can imagine is that because I don't have a separate swap
partition that partition is already in use as swap. All of this seems to take a great deal
of effort - it's whirring away like it's gonna take off.

At this point I'm out of ideas so turn to you guys for help. Sorry if these issues
have appeared before - I had a good look around the forums before posting this.

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Re: Macbook Pro(blems) with 3.4e

Post by WarraWarra » Mon Aug 27, 2007 23:42

Think it has been answered before.
use xdriver=ati res=1440x900
replacing the res with a working number for your screen. This should get you into the live dvd kde enviroment not sure as you might need to add / remove something as well at live dvd boot / hd grub boot.

It should notice the free space you allocated with apple boot camp and then using cfdisk it should edit the free space.

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Re: Macbook Pro(blems) with 3.4e

Post by uprise78 » Sat Sep 15, 2007 1:55

I had the exact same problems as you on my Macbook.

1. This is an odd fix but it works every time for me. When you get to the boot screen plug in a USB keyboard then try pressing up/down. Unplug and replug it in and do the up/down thing again if it doesnt work. Sometimes it takes 4 or 5 times but then it will work.

2. When you get to the grainy grey screen hit (ctrl-alt-F1) to get a terminal. edit /etc/conf.d/xdm and change the "kdm" to "gdm". Save and on the command line type /etc/init.d/xdm restart. Magically it will work after that or at least it did for me.

Time to try an OSX/Sabayon dual boot....


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Re: Macbook Pro(blems) with 3.4e

Post by Heartless Angel » Mon Sep 17, 2007 3:10

when i do this with 3.4f it gives me a "permission denied" message, so i cant edit or change anything. any way to bypass this??

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Re: Macbook Pro(blems) with 3.4e

Post by steven_abel » Mon Sep 17, 2007 9:09

It works -
You have to log in as root - password root. You can also (if you are lucky enough to
get to use the keyboard at the grub screen) put the option nox at boot


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Re: Macbook Pro(blems) with 3.4e

Post by daedius » Wed Sep 19, 2007 19:19

I had this problem with Macbook Pro. There was a serious issue with the Nvidia driver that got released with Sabayon 3.4 and Macbooks Pro 8600 GT graphics card. This issue also affected the nv driver. Bot nv and Nvidia are now entirely up to date on portage now, but the boot disk still uses the older versions. I had the EXACT same problem as you did, and had to break out of X to get to terminal, "emerge nv nvidia-drivers". We'll have to wait till next release of Sabayon in order to get a fully working boot disk for us new Santa Rosa Macbook users.

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