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blast9999

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Would Chameleon be useful to boot Linux on a MacBook?
« on: April 07, 2009, 02:01:28 AM »
This is from my nephew, and I'm wondering if he could use Chameleon for his problem:

"pretty nice looking bootloader, puts grub to shame.

My friend installed ubuntu on her macbook, deleting OSX. When it didn't work afterwards I tried to help her with it and realized you need this special OSX program, "bless," in order to get the non OSX bootloader to load. Now she uses a bootloader written to a CD everytime she starts her computer since she couldn't find an OSX install disk. Live and learn...  "

I'm thinking it could work for her, any advice?
« Last Edit: April 07, 2009, 11:14:15 PM by blast9999 »

zhell

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Re: Would Chameleon be useful to boot Linux on a MacBooK?
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2009, 10:56:27 PM »
If she primarily uses linux, I think it would be easiest if she just set up grub.

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« Last Edit: April 10, 2009, 03:45:46 PM by zhell »

blast9999

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Re: Would Chameleon be useful to boot Linux on a MacBook?
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2009, 11:15:58 PM »
OK, sure, done! But he has loaded grub, but says that "bless," in order to get the non OSX bootloader to load." means grub is the non osx bootloader. Must be a problem specific to a mac. I bet nobody on here has tried this, but I thought I'd ask.

sckevyn

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Re: Would Chameleon be useful to boot Linux on a MacBook?
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2009, 08:05:50 PM »
This is from my nephew, and I'm wondering if he could use Chameleon for his problem:

"pretty nice looking bootloader, puts grub to shame.

My friend installed ubuntu on her macbook, deleting OSX. When it didn't work afterwards I tried to help her with it and realized you need this special OSX program, "bless," in order to get the non OSX bootloader to load. Now she uses a bootloader written to a CD everytime she starts her computer since she couldn't find an OSX install disk. Live and learn...  "

I'm thinking it could work for her, any advice?

You really really don't want to use Chameleon on a real Mac atm. It will do bad things, make it so you cannot boot OS X since it installs custom bootloader bits over the stock OS X ones.

If you have no OS X on the machine it might be a work-able solution but I would never install it on a real mac =)

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Re: Would Chameleon be useful to boot Linux on a MacBook?
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2009, 02:20:04 PM »
If it's a Intel-Mac you should give rEFIt a try!

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rEFIt is a boot menu and maintenance toolkit for EFI-based machines like the Intel Macs. You can use it to boot multiple operating systems easily, including triple-boot setups with Boot Camp. It also provides an easy way to enter and explore the EFI pre-boot environment.

Although I don't know, if it works without having Mac OS X installed!

blast9999

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Re: Would Chameleon be useful to boot Linux on a MacBook?
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2009, 03:45:44 PM »
Ya, that's what he is now using (rEFIt) and has the problem with having to "bless" the system to boot (from the CD).

mackerintel

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Re: Would Chameleon be useful to boot Linux on a MacBook?
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2009, 02:23:31 PM »
Totally useless. Not only it's inappropriate to install chameleon on a mac, but also it doesn't boot linux without needing linux loader

blast9999

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Re: Would Chameleon be useful to boot Linux on a MacBook?
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2009, 03:28:22 PM »
Too bad. I thought he could install BCDEdit, but would need Windows to get that to work.

mackerintel

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Re: Would Chameleon be useful to boot Linux on a MacBook?
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2009, 03:35:36 PM »
2 ways to load linux on mac:
-grub2.efi
-bootcamp (probably refit can turn CSM on even without bootcamp application)

blast9999

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Re: Would Chameleon be useful to boot Linux on a MacBook?
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2009, 05:07:05 PM »
Would bootcamp require an osx installation on the MacBook?

mackerintel

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Re: Would Chameleon be useful to boot Linux on a MacBook?
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2009, 05:14:30 PM »
No. Try rEFIt, You still need to install normal grub/lilo. Try also putting the install cd into the drive and hold option key during the boot

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Re: Would Chameleon be useful to boot Linux on a MacBook?
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2009, 10:16:26 PM »
I installed Chameleon on my MacBook (Aluminum Late-2008) using the package installer before reading that it was designed for OSx86. After rebooting, my MacBook loaded up OS X with out issue and I removed the Extras folder from the root of my drive. Are there any other steps I can take to ensure that I remove everything Chameleon installed?