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Re: Installation on Macbook Pro

From: Christopher Rawnsley <rawprawns@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2008 04:02:18 +0000

On 9 Mar 2008, at 23:18, Chris Turner wrote:
Disclaimer: I don't have a macbook.. (or any intel mac)

ad4 : I've seen this as the first HDD on an Acer notebook, a shuttle xPC, and a tyan server board - In my case it had to do with both the presence of a legacy parallel ATA controller (ad0-3), and a SATA controller (ad4-..) . If e.g. the CD-ROM/DVD/etc. is on PATA (which I suspect to be the case), it is likely the reason that the first HDD is showing up as ad4.

In my case, it hasn't been any kind of problem.

Ah thank you for shedding some light on this. I'll see if I can find any more information on it.

For the disklabel problem:

typically I haven't labelled individual slices, but on occasion, it seems like disklabel -r gets confused if there is some residual data there.. you might try a manual install (see /README on the CD) and zeroing out that portion of the disk

Interesting... How would this residual data get there? Could it be caused by an odd partitioning table? I remember reading that Intel Macs use a hybrid GPT/MBR scheme.

I've unfortunately had some problems with native mode SATA which may or may not be related here (was HT1000 specific) - haven't had a chance to track down the bug. If it's possible to force 'legacy parallel' mode
in the apple machine, that might help things.

I'm not sure if there is a way to explicitly do this but I think that it drops into this mode if I boot what the Apple boot loader thinks is a Windows disk. I have actually tried using rEFIt[1] to see if that yields any different results.

Sorry you ran into problems & good luck - and do let us know if you find something out

We'll do and you don't need to apologise. I have been following DF a while now and really want to get it running :)


[1] http://refit.sourceforge.net/

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