I have problems installing Fedora on my friend's Mac Book Pro. After a boot, I get a blank screen. Forcing nomodeset helps:

nomodeset xdriver=efifb

However, I still cannot get into either X or text mode. Regardless of whether I try alternative drivers for X (such as vesa) or I try to enter into text mode (by adding text to kernel options) it fails. Does anybody have any idea how to boot the system?

  • Have you tried passing boot: linux nofb to GRUB, this should at least let you get a shell and install whatever drivers/config you need for that hardware, or at least troubleshoot more effectively. – Charles Boyd Nov 16 '12 at 4:35
  • @CharlesBoyd: The installer insisted on starting X. After 2 days of trying he installed Ubuntu... – Maciej Piechotka Nov 16 '12 at 19:16
  • Oh, well -- wasted bounty? Perhaps someone could answer with some definitive links to installing Fedora 17 on MacBook, and maybe some talk of EFI, to provide an answer and collect bounty? – Lars Rohrbach Nov 17 '12 at 22:58
  • @LarsRohrbach: It doesn't look exactly as EFI problem - the console seems to work fine (except the 'little' thing about spawning getty) - the graphics doesn't work. My understanding is that this is well after the EFI core services are shut down but I'm not EFI expert. – Maciej Piechotka Nov 18 '12 at 1:54

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