I wanted to try a live openSUSE 12.3 (64-bit) system on my MacBook 7,1, however:

  • When I do it with a LiveUSB created with UNetbootin, it's not recognized as bootable
  • When I do it with a LiveCD created with Disk Utility, it boots, but it hangs on the screen with the black-blue background with the openSUSE chameleon on a plant on the right. No matter if I boot it in EFI-mode or not.

What is going wrong? It's not really important however, I just wanted to try it for fun.

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    what openSUSE version? – peterph May 7 '13 at 10:35
  • @peterph 12.3. Added to my question. Sorry for forgetting to include. – stommestack May 7 '13 at 12:23
  • It can easily be broken (frankly, many releases are). Can you try regular installation? – peterph May 7 '13 at 14:49
  • @peterph Nah, I just wanted to toy around with a live session, I'd rather not install. – stommestack May 18 '13 at 12:31
  • You can create your own iso at susestudio.com - and put in whatever you think you are going to need. – peterph May 18 '13 at 22:15

I tried to install OpenSuse 12.3 on a Macbook (not Pro) with many problems with the X driver.

Finally I booted, and changed the kernel line beginning with vmlinuz to end with:

xdriver=fbdev nomodeset

and it worked.

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