I'm trying to boot into a Kali Linux live thumb drive on my Mid-2012 MacBook Pro, to partition a secondary internal hdd that has Windows (set up with bootcamp) on it (to install Kali in the new partition).

I created the bootable drive by following the instructions from Dual Boot Kali on Mac Hardware.

It works at the start, and I chose to boot into Live (amd64) When I boot into the thumb drive Then, it takes a super long time on this screen (sorry for the blurriness)enter image description hereand then just goes to a blank screen.Blank screen

Is there anything more that I need to do to boot from this? Or should I just wait and maybe it'll boot.

(I used ddto create the bootable drive from an iso)

  • Can you change TTY's? How did you create the live boot? Did you follow the documentation?
    – kemotep
    Jan 7, 2019 at 1:00
  • Yes, I made a bootable drive from that guide and am also following this one
    – Sam
    Jan 7, 2019 at 1:02
  • Did you try the Kali Forums Jan 7, 2019 at 1:08
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    If you read unix.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/4640/… you'll see the relevant context. That question was created as a duplication target for the large amount of bad Kali-related questions that were unclear or lacking in sufficient detail to be answerable. In this case, I disagree with the closure as this question provides enough details to be answerable – and this problem could apply to booting any OS from an image. Accordingly, I’ve nominated this question for re-opening. If 4 other users agree with me, the question will be re-opened. Jan 7, 2019 at 15:32
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    particularly when an answer has been identified in the comments! 10 hours before the final close vote!
    – Jeff Schaller
    Jan 7, 2019 at 16:37

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According to this thread on Kali Forums

Press Tab at the boot menu. That allows you to edit the kernel command line. Add edd=off to the end of the line and press Enter to load it.

As documented in the kernel’s command-line parameters, this disables the BIOS Enhanced Disk Drive Services (EDD).

See also: LiveUSB stuck after “Probing EDD” during boot

  • It seems hard to do if connecting on a screenless server with SSH/VNC to create a kvm virtual machine with Kali. I can't connect fast enough to see the boot menu... Oct 25, 2021 at 17:23

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