FS#6133 - archlinux64 wont boot in intel apple macbook

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by Samuel Mathieson (smathieson) - Tuesday, 02 January 2007, 06:30 GMT
Last edited by Tobias Powalowski (tpowa) - Tuesday, 02 January 2007, 18:24 GMT
Task Type Bug Report
Category Installation
Status Closed
Assigned To Tobias Powalowski (tpowa)
Architecture not specified
Severity Critical
Priority Normal
Reported Version 0.7.2 Gimmick
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 0
Private No


Arch 64 edition does not get past "Loading stage2 ....." in apple macbook pros. Cannot say why. I am more than willing to help in anything I can. Please let me know.
This task depends upon
 FS#6188 - CONFIG_EFI=y in kernel 

This task blocks these from closing
 FS#6031 - 0.8 installation ISO showstoppers 
Closed by  Tobias Powalowski (tpowa)
Saturday, 13 January 2007, 08:16 GMT
Reason for closing:  Fixed
Comment by Jan de Groot (JGC) - Tuesday, 02 January 2007, 07:46 GMT
This is because grub needs special patches to work on an intel mac. Without patching, grub doesn't know what to do with the partition layout used by these macs. I think the same applies to arch x86.
Comment by Samuel Mathieson (smathieson) - Tuesday, 02 January 2007, 17:55 GMT
GPT partition table? Ive changed the partition table to MBR. I dont know if that helps at all. Grub2 seems to work fine while booting on these machines. Any chance that there may be a small grub2 ftp install version? Something for intel macs? Any way I can make my own CD for intel macs? With the grub patches?
Comment by Alessio Bolognino (mOLOk) - Tuesday, 02 January 2007, 20:44 GMT
Next month I'll buy a macbook, so I'm pretty interested in this topic :)
This seems to be a good reference (I didn't tested it (yet)):

grub seems to need no patches
Comment by Samuel Mathieson (smathieson) - Tuesday, 02 January 2007, 21:52 GMT
It works fine on macbook, I would suggest debian, has a wiki for setting up in macbook. Ubuntu is, however, more ready for a macbook "out of the box". Debian wiki: http://wiki.debian.org/MacBook.
Comment by Alessio Bolognino (mOLOk) - Thursday, 04 January 2007, 02:07 GMT
well...today i bought a new generation macbook (core 2 duo) and it doesn't boot at all, it hangs with the "loading stage2 ... ", I think it's a grub problem, so I'll file a bug report.
Comment by Samuel Mathieson (smathieson) - Thursday, 04 January 2007, 04:21 GMT
Try debian for now until Arch is fixed, neither arch32 or arch64 work for me.
Comment by Urs Wolfer (uwolfer) - Thursday, 04 January 2007, 09:39 GMT
Boot the system with lilo. That way it works for me without problems ;)
Comment by Tobias Powalowski (tpowa) - Friday, 05 January 2007, 06:38 GMT
new iso will be fixed , me added a patch to grub that should make it boot
Comment by Samuel Mathieson (smathieson) - Friday, 05 January 2007, 15:46 GMT
How do you boot the system with lilo? Do you mean install it and boot from there? How do you mean?
Comment by Urs Wolfer (uwolfer) - Friday, 05 January 2007, 15:48 GMT
Samuel Mathieson: I have installed arch with the 0.7.2 isos on my Macbook. Then I installed lilo as boot manager. This way it works fine. But now it should also work with the patched grub.
Comment by Samuel Mathieson (smathieson) - Friday, 05 January 2007, 15:54 GMT
Where are the new ISOs? Cant seem to find them. You mean you have installed arch 32 with 0.7.2 iso? Any luck with arch 64?
Comment by Urs Wolfer (uwolfer) - Friday, 05 January 2007, 16:07 GMT
I have a 32bit MacBook. There are only alpha isos of .8 available. And these isos haven't the grub change included. You must wait for repacked isos. I have no idea when they get released.
Comment by Samuel Mathieson (smathieson) - Friday, 05 January 2007, 16:24 GMT
Dammit, I dont know whats worse... using OSX or using Debian... wait... I do, its OSX...
Comment by Samuel Mathieson (smathieson) - Monday, 08 January 2007, 08:10 GMT
Also, any chance the kernel could come EFI ready out-of-the-box? The kernel must have CONFIG_EFI=y. This would make arch work with macbooks right away. Should I file another bug report for it? Perhaps a wishlist report?
Comment by Tobias Powalowski (tpowa) - Saturday, 13 January 2007, 08:16 GMT
well new kernel has efi support and grub is patched i close this one now