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    Default SusE 11 vs Macbook

    has anyone been able to accomplish the task of installing SuSE11 on a intel macbook as yet.
    If so, how did you get it done, I cant seem to get it on mine, I tried ubuntu8 last night with success, however I did not like the brown & orange, so I removed.
    I want SuSE 11 but I get error with grub: no such partition....WTAT GIVES...
    please help>>>>>>>>>>>>
    triple booting macbook. tiger, vista, suse11
    rEFIt, (no boot camp) manual drive partition from terminal: sudo diskutil resizeVolume disk0s2 80G "Linux" "Linux" 20G "MS-DOS FAT32" "Windows" 30G* (*30G represents 197G remaining on my 300G HDD)

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    Default Re: SusE 11 vs Macbook

    What are you using to control the boot loading?

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    Default Re: SusE 11 vs Macbook

    You're not using BootCamp?

    You know, if the colors are a problem you can change the theme, that's what Linux is all about. Or perhaps you'd like to try Kubuntu or Fedora or something with KDE 4 so it would look nicer for you.

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    Default Re: SusE 11 vs Macbook

    Same problem as I???

    OpensSuse 11 => MacBook rEFIt - openSUSE Forums

    If yes, you can start to cry... Till now, any one gives any tip...


    Cheers

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    Default Re: SusE 11 vs Macbook

    You are going to have to provide more information about how you were managing the boot before installing openSUSE. Also, the disk and partition layout.

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    Default Re: SusE 11 vs Macbook

    All information that you need about this problem is here:

    OpensSuse 11 => MacBook rEFIt - openSUSE Forums

    I'm having the same problem!

    Cheers
    - OpenSuse 11 with KDE4.1 - Amazing!

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    Unhappy Re: SusE 11 vs Macbook

    I am using rEFIt... ubuntu installs just fine, but I would rather to use SUSe 11.

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    Default Re: SusE 11 vs Macbook

    I also partition disk from within mac via "diskutil" resizeVolume 80G "Linux" "Linux" 25G "MS-DOS FAT32" "Windows" 30G
    HDD is 300G

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    Default Re: SusE 11 vs Macbook

    I'm not familiar with rEFIt. I did look at the documentation. Since this is an EFI machine, my understanding is that you must use rEFIt to control the boot. And, the boot utility doesn't look very friendly. All I can offer is that I think you would need to install grub in the openSUSE root partition's boot sector, and then with rEFIt point to that, for openSUSE to boot. This must be how Vista is being booted, too - that is, with rEFIt pointing to the Vista partition to hand off the boot to.

    Sorry, but your description of the disk layout didn't make sense to me. I don't know if this will even help, but if you want us to take a look, use fdisk to list the partition table and post that back.

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    Smile Re: SusE 11 vs Macbook

    Hi, yersterday I got my openSuse 11 finished, refit is works as it should be. (MacBook Pro 2.2)

    It's a triple boot system OSX (10.5), Win XP (SP3) an openSUSE 11.
    Instead of refeit you can press down the alt/option key at the time the macbook boots up and you get all bootable partitions listed.

    I did nearly the same with diskutil, but I had to choose "MS-DOS Fat32" for the file system, because diskutil told me "Linux" wasn't a valid file system. This wasn't a problem, because at the installation procedure you can delete this partition again and create the right (ext3 for example) partition.

    Be sure that the bootloader is installed onto the root partition und disable writing into MBR

    If your SUSE install is finished (updates loaded), reinstall grub as described here

    MacBook - openSUSE

    and boot into OSX. refit doesn't install the requiered ext2/2xt3 drivers by default, so may you you have to install refit again and select the advanced settings where you can choose which parts will be installed (I'm on a german mac, so I can't tell you the right way while it will be different on your machine)
    There open a terminal and type in:
    $ cd /efi/refit
    $ ./enable.sh

    After that I was able to select the refit linux icon that bootet me into grub.
    You can also add your Windows partition to grub

    Don't worry, it has taken me too a bit longer to understand what is doing refit und you also have to reinstall refit (by "./enable.sh")and grub after a kernel update (or everything else that forces yast to rewrite grub

    so long....

    greetings Kump

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