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Installing Ubuntu To An Old iMac


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#1 TheGreatOBO

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Posted 30 May 2017 - 07:25 AM

Recently I scavenged up an old intel iMac running os X leopard. Since it is so outdated, most modern applications don't run or even install, but I want to try breathing some life into it. It is 64 bit, has a decent processor, and has 2GB of RAM. I want to install ubuntu 16.04(or 17.04) to see what it can do with more "in date" software. Does anyone know how I would do this... any suggestions are welcome. https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/648114/installing-ubuntu-to-an-old-imac/

 

 

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2 Gb of RAM

2.16 GHz intel core 2 duo

64 bit architecture

EFI Architecture: 32-Bit


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Posted 30 May 2017 - 08:09 AM

Hi,

The first thing to do is make a live USB (if the computer boots from USB) or live DVD, and see if the computer runs your chosen Ubuntu distro.

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Posted 30 May 2017 - 08:23 AM

How would I boot the dvd from a mac. I am familiar with booting from my windows pc, but how do I tell the mac to boot from anything but the OS.



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Posted 30 May 2017 - 08:27 AM

Good question. I'm not familiar with macs. Hang on and see if anyone here knows the answer, and if not, you might be best asking this question in the Mac OS forum.

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Posted 30 May 2017 - 08:30 AM

if I was to ask on there, would I have to remove this thread.


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Posted 30 May 2017 - 08:36 AM

Members can't remove threads.

However if you start another thread in the Mac OS forum, it would be helpful to members in this forum if you could please post a link in this thread to the other thread.

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Posted 30 May 2017 - 08:42 AM

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/648114/installing-ubuntu-to-an-old-imac/  is the link to the other thread.


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Posted 30 May 2017 - 09:55 AM

Can you post the exact model?  I see some stuff about iMac 6.1 similar to yours, but if we had the model we could look up the instructions for booting from DVD or USB.

 

Also, as seen here recently, and in my own installing Mint 18 to older computers, sometimes the Wifi Don't work.  I would boot up an older version, like 17.2 or 17.3 also to test the Wifi.

 

If you can get into the os, you could also post more of the specs, as Graphics will play a role also it would be good to know what they are up front.  It also looks as though installing 32bit will be easiest as your EFI is 32bit.

 

Here is a pretty recent set of instructions that may help.  I have never used this site so make sure more people here take a look at it to see if it is legit.

 

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Posted 30 May 2017 - 10:13 AM

The model number is 5,1 and it is core 2 duo. I was looking and noticed the website find mac, http://bit.ly/2qCnDjz (I think that is the exact model, but it may be the 20 in one)



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Posted 30 May 2017 - 10:40 AM

Did you see the LINK I left you above?  HERE is another to help you Boot From a DVD.


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Posted 30 May 2017 - 10:42 AM

I see it... thank you all and I will test it out right now.



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Posted 30 May 2017 - 04:33 PM

Found this article on creating and booting from Ubuntu in a Mac .... https://business.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-create-a-bootable-ubuntu-usb-drive-for-mac-in-os-x--cms-21253

 

Never used a Mac myself, so can't say how valid the information is.






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