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Feedback of a test on MacBook black first generation

Posted by theClimber 
Feedback of a test on MacBook black first generation
December 05, 2007 09:20AM
I made today my first test of elive on my macbook. I discovered this distribution quite recently. I thought it was a good idea to give you some feedback from "what works" ... and more important : "what don't works"

Actually I tried elive live CD only, so I didn't try to install anything. At the start at the grub menu I chose "belgian keyboard layout" and "noacpi"

the version of the elive I used is as folow :
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elive-codename: Gem +
elive-version: 1.0-macbook
date-builded: 2007-11-30
debian-version: etch
stable-release: yes
elive-stability: good, stable release
specialmachine: macbook

So, first let be optimistic, let's see what was working very good.

- Wifi was working very well with the madwifi driver
- Audio was also perfect
- Isight was d├ętected and looks like working half ... I mean I could see something, but it was disturbed.

Now unfortunately, let's talk about what didn't work.

1) First the screen resolution was not detected. I chose the i810 in the menu to use my intel integrated graphics but the only resolution I had was 640x480 hmmmm (quite bad).

> solution : I just modified my xorg.conf to add the 1280x800 resolution to the screen layout 24 and after a reboot of the X11 it worked.

2) When I booted on enlightenment I had a message which was saying I was not using a Macbook ... hum ... small problem !! That is not true ... I'm using a macbook !!

3) After that I saw that the two CPU were not detected by a small
cat /proc/cpuinfo
I had only one CPU so it was quite slow

That's another bug to fix.

4) Like I said higher, I chose the belgian keyboard in the grub menu. I didn't tried to see if it was ok in the tty, but in enlightenment it was not the good mapping anymore ! I had to do a
setxkbmap be
To resolve the problem

About the Delete and the Alt-Gr key, they were also not mapped ! I had to configure it manually with xmodmap.

5) I didn't look in details about de touchpad because I was using a USB mouse, but the 2 finger and the 3 fingers clic didn't looks to be configured

6) The last point was for halting the system. When all the disks were unmounted and that the system was totaly ready to shutdown the computer it freezed. I had to halt it myself by pushing on the "power" button.

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So that was it. I hope this can help. I don't know if you have a Macbook first generation to make your tests. If you have one, I suppose you already know all these problems.
Or maybe is it the first time that someone have so muche problems.

Actually it's not really a problem for me because I could resolve most of the problems (the big problem I couldn't fix because it's a liveCD is the problem of the CPU). But everyone is not able to do so if they are not used to use linux.

Anyway I like very much the idea of elive distribution and for sure I will use it as soon as I can have a stable version ! So go on !! I like your project ! I will try to follow the evolutions.



Sorry for my bad english ! I hope it's understandable wink
Re: Feedback of a test on MacBook black first generation
March 04, 2008 09:38AM
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2) When I booted on enlightenment I had a message which was saying I was not using a Macbook ... hum ... small problem !! That is not true ... I'm using a macbook !!

Your problem is simple, the system thinks that your computer is not a macbook so is not configured specially for

I can solve this but i need that you give me the result of the command lshal in a terminal, paste all the result to [debian.pastebin.com] and set the post to retained forver, and of course give us the link to your post here
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