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    Default Boot 12.3 LiveUSB on Macbook

    Hello,

    I am currently trying to boot the Gnome Live-CD of OpenSuse 12.3 on my old Macbook (Version 4,1: detailed Specs can be found here).

    Grub is found and I can select one of the two boot entries (normal or failsafe).

    It does not matter which one I select, the system will start to boot and display "loading linux..." and "loading initrd...".
    This step takes about 30 seconds to a minute.
    After that it will only display an image and stop booting any further.

    I alread tried the following kernel options without success:
    • noapic
    • acpi=off
    • nomodeset

    When I set splash=0 and leave all other options as default the boot process will hang after the following message:
    Code:
    [FAILED] Failed to start LSB: VirtualBox Linux Additions kernel modules.
    See 'systemctl status vboxadd.service' for details.
    Unfortunately I can not enter any input to check the details.

    Moreover there are multiple messages of the type:
    Code:
    ACPI Warning: <...> SystemIO conflicts with Region <...>
    I wonder if anyone has an idea what other options I could try to get openSUSE to boot.

    Thanks in advance for any help or ideas,

    Gjallar

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    Default Re: Boot 12.3 LiveUSB on Macbook

    I'm going to hazard a guess and say it is because you are on Macbook, and that the Gnome Live-CD of OpenSuse 12.3 is for PC's. I could be wrong, though.
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    Default Re: Boot 12.3 LiveUSB on Macbook

    Quote Originally Posted by kerijan2003 View Post
    I'm going to hazard a guess and say it is because you are on Macbook, and that the Gnome Live-CD of OpenSuse 12.3 is for PC's. I could be wrong, though.
    Don't think so, otherwise it would not boot at all.

    @OP I don't think the Virtualbox message is important now, the second one IMHO is, but I know that some of us have Macbooks, be patient, they'll drop in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knurpht View Post
    Don't think so, otherwise it would not boot at all.

    @OP I don't think the Virtualbox message is important now, the second one IMHO is, but I know that some of us have Macbooks, be patient, they'll drop in.
    True. I didn't know that Macs could run a version of PC OS. I learn everyday.
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    Default Re: Boot 12.3 LiveUSB on Macbook

    Quote Originally Posted by kerijan2003 View Post
    True. I didn't know that Macs could run a version of PC OS. I learn everyday.
    In the old days Mac's used to have RISC processors, some distros ( openSUSE / SUSE as well ) had, next to x86 and x86_64, ppc packages. These days Mac(book)s have Intel processors, NVIDIA cards, they can run linux fine.

    Plus, linux no longer is just a PC OS. I bet you have linux based devices, like mp3-players, DVD-players, flatscreen TV's, HD-decoders.
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    Default Re: Boot 12.3 LiveUSB on Macbook

    Just to report back.

    I finally decided to just install openSUSE by using the DVD .

    I only had to use ELILO as bootloader, as Grub2-EFI did not work.

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    Default Re: Boot 12.3 LiveUSB on Macbook

    I would be interested to hear the results of this, as there is usually a considerable amount of hacking involved to install another OS on a Mac without using Boot Camp. Apple's EFI is very unfriendly to anything other than Mac OS X.

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    Default Re: Boot 12.3 LiveUSB on Macbook

    Quote Originally Posted by gjallar View Post
    I only had to use ELILO as bootloader, as Grub2-EFI did not work.
    But 12.3 DVD on EFI boots using grub2-efi. So if you were able to boot installation DVD, grub2-efi works. Could you explain in more details what did not work?

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    Default Re: Boot 12.3 LiveUSB on Macbook

    Quote Originally Posted by gjallar View Post
    I finally decided to just install openSUSE by using the DVD .
    I had the same experience, the Live CD didn't work, nor did the Network Install CD, but the DVD did. I got the same hang partway through boot, and none of the options available on the CD helped. I'm also on a MacBook4,1.

    There's definitely no issue with OpenSUSE being "for PC's", I've been able to boot Live CD for Debian, Fedora, etc with no problem.

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