Don't have a WiFi card compatible with any modules for Linux or Ethernet, but I do have working OS X install with WiFi. Do have brew on OS X, and it being OSX, most Linux programs will run. How can I install Arch in this scenario?

What are my install options? I have heard If I am running a existing Linux install (not sure if BSD/Darwin counts, hoping it does) I can do a install without booting to LIVE ARCH LINUX DISK. Will I have hope? I don't need wifi, I just need it installed with packages!

  • Well, you could just get an USB Wi-Fi adapter that is supported by Linux and use this at least temporarily. – Renan Jan 12 '14 at 18:51
  • @renan Well, I could, but I don't have it :( – user3180221 Jan 12 '14 at 19:15
  • Could I predownload packages on a USB for Arch to install???? – user3180221 Jan 12 '14 at 19:16

You could install a virtual machine manager that can access partitions on the host system during install like VirtualBox.

  • Repartition your drive in OS X with Disk Utility so you have space to install Arch Linux.

  • Install VirtualBox for OS X. In order to have VirtualBox access a partition you will have to manually edit a vmdk file.

  • Install Arch Linux inside VirtualBox on a real partition of the host system. To be on the safe side, make sure you only give access to your new Arch Linux partition and not the OS X or EFI partition at this point.

  • Since Arch does not recommend installing GRUB2 to a partition boot sector, and most other bootloaders are not officially supported, I recommend using syslinux and GUID partition table layout (GPT) instead of MBR.

  • Make sure to edit syslinux.cfg so that the APPEND statement contains your disk UUID instead of the device path. See here how to find partition UUID's.

  • Install reFind bootloader in OS X. The next time you boot, it will scan your partitions and find your Arch install and give you the option to boot it.

  • Okay, I haven't tried it but that should in theory work. Thanks! – user3180221 Jan 15 '14 at 0:37

In theory, you can of course mount a partition and chroot into it since OSX is UNIX-ish... But Practically, I think it would be a bad idea. You will be running a linux partition with an OSX kernel. The kernel at some point might ruin the day for you. :( The best bet is to find out about your WiFi card and look it up here:


If you find it, then it is very likely that you will be able to get it to work somehow.

  • Found it under: IT WILL NEVER EVEN WORK! – user3180221 Jan 13 '14 at 1:36
  • Sorry to hear so, man. In this case, your best bet is a USB adapter. There are some that are as cheap as $4 or $5. So the price would not be much of an issue. – Ghassan Jan 13 '14 at 10:42

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