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    Default 15" MacBook Pro Mid-2010

    I burned BT4 to a DVD and am unable to boot up (except in text-only mode).

    My laptop has a different graphics card than the earlier MBP models.

    Anybody had any success with their 2010 MBP? My machine has a
    Intel Core i5 and an nVidia GeForce GT 330M.

    Frank

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    Default Re: 15" MacBook Pro Mid-2010

    You'll probably have to install the nvidia drivers. You'll have better luck with a non-Mac laptop.
    Of course, if you really wanted to have some fun, go to Wal-Mart late at night and ask the greeter if they could help you find trashbags, roll of carpet, rope, quicklime, clorox and a shovel. See if they give you any strange looks. --Streaker69

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    Default Re: 15" MacBook Pro Mid-2010

    Might be dumb of me to ask, but have you tried the startx command? I was a total noob at any linux distro but ubuntu, and that was not obvious to me the first time..

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    Default Re: 15" MacBook Pro Mid-2010

    I own the newest 15" Macbook Pro from mid-2010. Its an 2.66GHz Intel Core i7. I was getting the same problem as you. BT4 would fail to book properly. Here's how I got it to boot on this machine.

    Boot from the BT4 DVD.
    Hit "E" to edit the desired mode.
    Add "acpi=off" to the launch code.
    Hit "B" to boot.
    After it's loaded type "fixvesa"
    Then all you've got to do is type "startx" to login.

    That should work. Tell us if it does.

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    Default Re: 15" MacBook Pro Mid-2010

    Quote Originally Posted by hucker View Post
    Might be dumb of me to ask, but have you tried the startx command? I was a total noob at any linux distro but ubuntu, and that was not obvious to me the first time..

    hucker, Yes. I did try startx.

    I haven't tried installing the nVidia drivers although if somebody has a good tutorial, that would be very helpful.

    Frank

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    Default Re: 15" MacBook Pro Mid-2010

    Quote Originally Posted by frankpuccino View Post
    hucker, Yes. I did try startx.

    I haven't tried installing the nVidia drivers although if somebody has a good tutorial, that would be very helpful.

    Frank
    I don't know whether you've fixed/figured this out by now, but I bought a new macbook pro in July (13") (7.1), but I never tried doing some editing on boot because the hardware in that machine, at least, was made with a new chipset that makes it unable to communicate with the bootloader/installer/whatever-you-call-it (sry, can't remember, has to do with the SATA). Posted on it in the Hardware Compatibility forum--As far as I know there is a version of Ubuntu for download that fixes the bug, but not other linux distros.

    I'm not 100% sure on this, but I don't think the Ubuntu version I used to boot up used any nvidia drivers initially; I had to select the drivers after I booted & installed. Though obviously bt4 does not necessarily = Ubuntu just because it is Ubuntu-based.

    ...Are we talking about the same thing? Guess I will try & find out.

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