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 Post subject: Peppermint on a Macbook? <SOLVED>
PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 7:17 pm 
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This may have been covered elsewhere and if so please point me to that thread with my apologies.
My question is, can I install Peppermint as a standalone OS on a Macbook? I have the potential to acquire a fairly new Mac laptop that appears to be buggered up for OSX. Hardware seems to be ok.
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 Post subject: Re: Peppermint on a Macbook?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 7:45 pm 
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If it's an intel-Mac (x86) then I can't see why not .. if on the other hand it's a PowerPC Mac, then NO (though you could approximate Peppermint with Debian/LXDE and a few tweaks.

I'm intrigued why you say it's buggered up for OS X ?

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Basically if standard Ubuntu (not the PPC version) will go on it .. so should Pepermint

You might want to see here:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MacBook
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https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MacBookPro
and
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MacBookAir

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 Post subject: Re: Peppermint on a Macbook?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:40 pm 
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I'm intrigued why you say it's buggered up for OS X ?

The friend who has it has somehow corrupted it and now is unable to reinstall OSX. I really have no interest in fighting with it to save it as a mac, but I think it has respectable specs and would make a very nice laptop (especially since I can get it for :D nothing). I just wanted to check before I take another "shiny paperweight/doorstop" home. :(
Thanks for the input, I'll post back when I've had a go at it.


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 Post subject: Re: Peppermint on a Macbook?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 2:09 pm 
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Why not test it with a Peppermint LiveCD/LiveUSB first.

As I said, it *should* work as long as it's an Intel Mac (x86 CPU not PPC) .. but if not, you could always try using Peppermint (or Ubuntu) to install OS X back onto it.

See my tutorial here:
http://linuxforums.org.uk/index.php?topic=1072.0

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 Post subject: Re: Peppermint on a Macbook?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 4:00 pm 
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Will try a LiveCD first to see if anything is missing or broken.
Would PuppyLinux work for the OSX install or is that too lightweight?
Repairing/reinstalling OS X looks interesting as well, may have to play with that also. I'm assuming that creates a dual boot or does it replace the Linux image?
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 Post subject: Re: Peppermint on a Macbook?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 5:19 pm 
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Would PuppyLinux work for the OSX install or is that too lightweight?

Can't guarantee it, but as long as you can install the required tools (gparted hfsplus hfsutils hfsprogs dmg2img) then I can't see why not.
(I just KNOW those tools are available in the default Ubuntu repos .. therefore Peppermint's too)

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I'm assuming that creates a dual boot or does it replace the Linux image?

NO .. as written those instructions will overwrite the Peppermint/Ubuntu/Puppy installation.

I suppose theoretically you could create a fourth partition to install OS X to and keep Peppermint/Ubuntu/Puppy .. but you'd then need to install something like bootcamp to allow you to choose the OS to boot.

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 Post subject: Re: Peppermint on a Macbook?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:27 pm 
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:cry: Sadly the MacBook in question had some other hardware issues and my friend's husband tossed it in the trash. Not the way I wanted to solve this.
Seems the fan was shot as well as the optical drive, and the battery was also bad.


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 Post subject: Re: Peppermint on a Macbook? <SOLVED>
PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 2:39 pm 
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Ahh well.

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 Post subject: Re: Peppermint on a Macbook?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 3:23 pm 
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mnfrozenfish wrote:
Sadly the MacBook in question had some other hardware issues and my friend's husband tossed it in the trash. Not the way I wanted to solve this.
Seems the fan was shot as well as the optical drive, and the battery was also bad.

As an aside:

I *suspected* the fan in my Latitude D620 notebook wasn't working. Technically, it wasn't. Keep reading... :)

I navigated to Fleabay and bought 5 new_in_the_box Dell fans for a total cost of under $20 USD, delivered.

My Latitude ATG D630 uses the same fan, so I figured why not have a lifetime supply of spares?!?!?

Afterward, I was reflecting on the situation. The fan spun freely. There was a slight amount of dust build-up, but nothing was making contact, e.g. causing interference. I couldn't see why it wasn't working. So, I did some forensics.

As it turned out, according to the spec sheet, the fan isn't *supposed* to turn on until the CPU reaches >= 72º C. And, sure enough, when I tested it (after purchasing the new fans) that's exactly the way it was. At 72º C the fan turned on and kept running until shutdown. It's probably a battery-saving feature.

This *might* have been the case with your MacBook, too. Hopefully, your friend's husband did some investigating before dumping your MacBook in the dust bin. Fans are a PITA to replace -- not so much the battery and optical drive.

Just saying... ;)

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