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Please see MacBook Aluminum for newest 5,1 and 5,2 unibody Macbook Pros or MacBook for general Macbook information.

also see:

Installing Arch Linux on MacbookPro

These instructions could work for the most part for the regular MacBook.

You will need Arch Linux 0.8 alpha3 or newer at least since GRUB and the kernel will work fine from this version.

Arch Only System

To install Arch and replace OSX you need to change the partition table type in Mac OS X from bootcamp. Download bootcamp, install and run. Change disk from GPT to MBR partition table.

Reboot, hold down the "C" key to boot from CD.

Install Arch as normal. Do not forget to set one partition as bootable.

After install you need to configure a couple of things...

Dual Boot (Arch & Mac OS X)

Another way

- Prepare:

  1. Arch Linux Install CD

- Begin to install

1. Resize the partition with Disk Utils in Mac OS X

2. Install REFI in Mac OS X.

3. Boot to Arch Linux Installation CD

1) pacman -S gpt-fdisk and install 'gptsync' package from AUR

2) gptsync /dev/sda4 # TODO is this required?

3) partition with gdisk. # type code must be 0700

4) gptsync /dev/sda4 # TODO is this required?

5) begin install with /arch/setup, but don't install bootloader

6) gptsync /dev/sda4

7) install bootloader to /dev/sda3 manually. # be careful, not /dev/sda

   mount /dev/sda4 /mnt
   grub-install --root-directory=/mnt /dev/sda4
   # edit /mnt/boot/grub/menu.lst

Other ways: Two possibilities:

- Install Bootcamp, resize the Mac OS X partition

When Mac OS X installation is finished. Go on and download rEFIT (Mac disk image)

To install rEFIT, mount the rEFIT.dmg file (it is normally automatic).

There is an other way (refer to rEFIT documentation) but you can open a terminal then you copy /Volumes/rEFIT/efi/ to /

# cp -r /Volumes/rEFIT/efi /

To install rEFIT :

# cd /efi/refit/
# ./

Now we can synchronized MBR with GPT partition table thanks to rEFIT so you restart your computer. You can see rEFIT, you press down key to access to the Partitioning Tool. You press y to accept.

Put your Arch Linux CD in the CD-ROM drive first then restart the computer. You can press C to boot from the CD or you can choose it in the rEFIT menu.

Now it is the typical Arch Linux installation.

At the end of the installation DO NOT install the bootloader in the MBR, but in a partition (e.g. sda3). This may add complications; see below.


Macs are partitioned using the EFI system, which GRUBv1 is not compatible with. Some versions of GRUB2 are compatible - however, GRUB2 is not on the installation CD as of the 2011.08.19 release. In order to work around this, rEFIt creates a MBR (Master Boot Record), which must be updated every time the partitions are modified or reformatted. However, only the first 4 partitions are put into the MBR; if you are dual booting, those first two will belong to the regular macbook installation.

To install Arch Linux with GRUB as a dual-boot, follow these steps (tested on a Macbook Pro(6,2)):

  1. Use the Disk Utility to resize your Mac partition, and create new partitions for your Linux installation. These can be formatted to anything - the Arch installation can reformat them as ext3 or ext4. Make sure that the / partition AND the /boot partition are BOTH in the first four partitions - or simply do not have a separate /boot partition, it isn't necessary.
  2. Install rEFIt as above, reboot, and update the MBR (choose "Start Partitioning Tool" from the rEFIt menu on boot)
  3. Insert the Arch Linux installation CD, reboot, and boot from the CD.
  4. Install Arch Linux, choosing a GRUB bootloader installation, but being careful to hit CANCEL when asked to install it to the MBR. The installation will consider this section 'FAILED', which is true, but we will take care of this.
  5. Reboot, update the MBR (same as step 2), and boot from the CD.
  6. Now we install GRUB:
 # cd /
 # mount -t ext3 /dev/sdaN /mnt # where sdaN is the location you installed to.
 # mount -t ext3 /dev/sdaM /mnt/boot # where sdaM is the location of the /boot partition, if you have a separate one
 # mount -t proc proc /mnt/proc
 # mount -t sysfs sys /mnt/sys
 # mount -o bind /dev /mnt/dev
 # chroot /mnt /bin/bash
 # grub
 grub> root (hd0,M-1)
 grub> setup (hd0,M-1)
 grub> quit
 # reboot
  1. From the rEFIt menu on boot, choose "Boot Linux from Partition X"<\li> <\ol> Now you are at an Arch Linux command-line.



    Make sure your rc.conf at least has the following modules:

    MODULES=(sky2 fglrx speedstep_centrino)

    For CPU scaling use the powernowd package.



    pacman -S ati-fglrx-utils

    A sample xorg.conf follows (Outdated! See Xorg Input Hotplugging):

    Section "ServerLayout"
      Identifier     "Simple Layout"
      Screen      0  "aticonfig-Screen[0]" 0 0
      InputDevice    "Mouse1" "CorePointer"
      InputDevice    "Keyboard1" "CoreKeyboard"
    Section "Files"
      FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/misc"
      FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/75dpi"
      FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/100dpi"
      FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/Type1"
    Section "Module"
      Load "freetype"
      Load "xtt"
      Load  "dbe"  	# Double buffer extension
      SubSection "extmod"
      	Option	    "omit xfree86-dga"   # do not initialize the DGA extension
    Section "InputDevice"
      Identifier  "Keyboard1"
      Driver      "kbd"
      Option	    "AutoRepeat" "500 30"
      Option	    "XkbRules" "xorg"
      Option	    "XkbModel" "pc105"
      Option	    "XkbLayout" "latam"
      Option            "XkbOptions"    "lv3:rwin_switch"
    Section "InputDevice"
      Identifier  "Mouse1"
      Driver      "mouse"
      Option	    "Protocol" "Auto"	# Auto detect
      Option	    "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
      Option	    "ZAxisMapping" "4 5 6 7"
      Option            "MinSpeed"              "1.0"
      Option            "MaxSpeed"              "1.0"
    Section "Monitor"
      Identifier   "aticonfig-Monitor[0]"
      Option	    "VendorName" "ATI Proprietary Driver"
      Option	    "ModelName" "Generic Autodetecting Monitor"
      Option	    "DPMS" "true"
    Section "Device"
      Identifier  "aticonfig-Device[0]"
      Driver      "fglrx"
    Section "Screen"
      Identifier "aticonfig-Screen[0]"
      Device     "aticonfig-Device[0]"
      Monitor    "aticonfig-Monitor[0]"
      DefaultDepth     24
      SubSection "Display"
      	Viewport   0 0
      	Depth     24
    Section "DRI"
      Mode 0666

    OR you can just make the necessary changes: (ADD these to your xorg.conf, do not replace)

    Configure Xorg using xorgconfig. Once done edit your "xorg.conf" and change the driver type to "fglrx".

    Section "Device"
      Driver      "fglrx"

    Configure your keyboard: (make right "apple key" right ALT key)

    Section "InputDevice"
      Option          "XkbOptions"    "lv3:rwin_switch"

    Configure your trackpad:

    Section "InputDevice"
      Option          "Protocol"              "Auto"
      Option          "MinSpeed"              "1.0"
      Option          "MaxSpeed"              "1.0"

    OR you may want to use this, that emulates the Mac OS X behavior:

    Section "InputDevice"
     Identifier "Synaptics Touchpad"
       Driver "synaptics"
       Option          "CorePointer"
       Option          "Device"                "/dev/input/mouse1"
       Option          "Protocol"              "auto-dev"
       Option          "LeftEdge"              "60"
       Option          "RightEdge"             "900"
       Option          "BottomEdge"            "511"
       Option          "HorizScrollDelta"      "0"
       Option          "MinSpeed"              "0.4"
       Option          "MaxSpeed"              "1"
       Option          "AccelFactor"           "0.08"
       Option          "MaxTapTime"            "0"
       Option          "TapButton1"            "0"
       #Two Finger Scroll
       Option          "VertTwoFingerScroll"   "1"
       Option          "HorizTwoFingerScroll"  "1"

    Configure modules:

    Section "Module"
      Load  "dbe"  	# Double buffer extension
      SubSection "extmod"
        Option	    "omit xfree86-dga"   # do not initialize the DGA extension


    The airport card in the newest MacBook (PCI-ID 168c:0024) is not yet supported by Madwifi. In short: Madwifi does not yet have a version of the (binary-only) HAL (hardware-abstraction layer) for the new chipset and ETA is unknown. Workaround: If your kernel is 32-bit, you can use ndiswrapper in combination with the 32-bit windows driver for the D-Link DWA-645. It is ugly, but it works. Some ubuntu users report it working with 64-bit too, albeit some have issues with WPA1/2.

    Madwifi drivers work on my second generation MBP following these instructions.


    Pommed handles the hotkeys and is able to adjusts the LCD backlight, sound volume, keyboard backlight or to eject the CD-ROM drive.

    Pommed is in [community], there is also a GUI built on GTK (gpomme)


    Suspend works most of the time (occasionally it dose not wake up) with the latest version of pm-utils.

    sudo pacman -S pm-utils

    Run the following to test suspension. (Pressing the power button, plugging in a usb device, or closing/opening the lid will resume.)

    sudo pm-suspend

    To suspend on closing of laptop lid, make sure you have acpi, and acpid installed with pacman, and that the acpid daemon is running. Then edit /etc/acpi/ and change the "button/lid)" section to look like the following:

    		#echo "LID switched!">/dev/tty5
    		if grep -q closed /proc/acpi/button/lid/LID0/state
    		then pm-suspend

    Acpid calls the button/lid) section whenever the lid is opened or closed. If pm-suspend is just added to this section, it will suspend when the lid is opened, and when the lid is closed. Causing it to wake up, and then immediately suspend again when you open the lid. Checking to see if the lid is closed with grep and only running pm-suspend when the lid is closed fixes this issue.


    I WILL get around to doing these! I promise! In the mean time I just put them here to remind me to do them.

    - make package for refit (EDIT: refit is actually in [community])

    - make section for isight