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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 5:11 pm    Post subject: Mac Book Pro early 2009 freezes with any linux cd/dvd ? Reply with quote

Hello,

I can't figure this particular issue out and was wondering if anyone else had encountered it.

I have a mac book pro 2009 early model *5, 1* and no matter what I do, any linux cd/dvd I try to boot from wether using refit/uefi mode boot will freeze quite early in the boot process - I can't exactly pinpoint where it's freezing as it keeps changing.

With the GentooLiveDVD it seems to freeze just as it enters the part where it loads the modules
With the system recovery cd, just after it loads sysrescue64 it appears to freeze when it tries to load the modules
With the gentoo minimal cd it just freezes the minute it tries to load the gentoo kernel

The system itself is stable, it has windows and mac os x mavericks on it and they both run without a problem - I was just trying to go native gentoo because I don't really like the way that os x mavericks is going etc - and while I could use windows - I want to learn more gentoo :D

Any ideas would greatly be appreciated, or if you have come across this particular issue before let me know and what you did to fix it - my google searches aren't showing me the info I need to fix it myself etc!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

counciller ... as you have windows then you no doubt used bootcamp (and so have hybrid-mbr), I suspect that you have an issue with rEFIt's gptsync. Can't say for sure that this is the case but in the absence of any other clues as to what's going on it seems like as good a place as any to start.

rEFIt's gptsync is known to cause issues, and as rEFIt is essencially abandoned you should probably migrate to rEFInd. This may or may not solve the problem, but its one less thing to consider.

Seeing as you have issues with a number of CD's you might try a USB boot to rule out a hardware issue with the drive. I also wouldn't rule out the burn, I'm not sure what you used to burn the disks but you might try lowering the burn speed.

If none of those suggestions provides any results then try some other boot disk (preferably one that supports EFI ... ubuntu, or Fedora). There shouldn't be any reason why you can't boot, so its mostly likely bad luck with those you've tried so far (and BTW, sysrescuecd also provides a 'altker64' and there are various other options that you could try passing to the kernel ... like 'nomodeset' ... which might get you passed the point of failure).

HTH & best ... khay
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2015 4:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool, no worries i'll give all that a shot over the next day or 3 and let you know how it goes :)
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