Installing Archlinux on MacbookPro
These instructions could work for the most part for the regular MacBook.
You will need Archlinux 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 MacOSX from bootcamp. Download bootcamp, install and run. Change disk from GPT to MBR partition table.
Reeboot, hold down the "C" key to boot from CD.
Install Arch as normal. Don't forget to set one partition as bootable.
After install you need to configure a couple of things...
Dual Boot (Arch & MacOSX)
- Install Bootcamp, resize the MacOSX partition
- Put the CD1 of the Mac OS X installation. - restart the computer, press C to boot from CD. - Click on Utilities. - Click on Disk Utility - Then, click on Partition tab and create your partition as you wish. An example: 20Gb = Windows 20Gb = Linux system 80Gb = Data 10Gb = Linux home 10Gb = Mac OS X (if you don't think you'll use it so much)
- Close the Disk Utility window and continue Mac OS X installation (if you choose 10Gb for Mac OS X partition you can't install all the default software of Mac OS X)
When Mac OS X installation is finished. Go on  and download rEFIT (Mac disk image)
To install rEFIT, mount the rEFIT.dmg file (it's automatic normally). There is an other way (refer to rEFIT documentation) but you can open a terminal then you copy /Volumes/rEFIT/efi/ to /
First you have to be root or you can use sudo. If you want to be logged as root you have to set a password for the root user typing : sudo passwd root
To be logged as root : su
Then to copy the folder to / : cp -r /Volumes/rEFIT/efi /
To install rEFIT : cd /efi/refit/ ./enable.sh
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 Partition ing Tool. You press y to accept.
Put your archlinux 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's the typical archlinux installation.
At the end of the installation DO NOT install the bootloader in the MBR, but in a partition (e.g. sda3)
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
You can see my xorg.conf here: http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php?title=MacBookPro_xorgconf
OR you can just make the necessary changes: (ADD these to your xorg.conf, dont replace)
Configure Xorg using xorgconfig. Once done edit your "xorg.conf" and change the driver type to "fglrx".
Section "Device" Driver "fglrx" EndSection
Configure your keyboard: (make right "apple key" right ALT key)
Section "InputDevice" Option "XkbOptions" "lv3:rwin_switch" EndSection
Configure your trackpad:
Section "InputDevice" Option "Protocol" "Auto" Option "MinSpeed" "1.0" Option "MaxSpeed" "1.0" EndSection
OR you may want to use this, that emulates the MacOSX behaviour:
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" EndSection
Section "Module" Load "dbe" # Double buffer extension SubSection "extmod" Option "omit xfree86-dga" # don't initialise the DGA extension EndSubSection EndSection
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's ugly, but it works.
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)
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