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Trouble installing Puppy on Macbook Pro 7,1
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greenstar53
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PostPosted: Tue 29 Mar 2011, 14:31    Post subject:  Trouble installing Puppy on Macbook Pro 7,1  

I am trying to install Puppy 5.2 on my Macbook Pro
I managed to install Mac OS 10.6, Window 7 and Ubuntu all in 64 bit and had some room left. So I figured I would find a small yet active OS, after much thought I picked Puppy.
So I downloaded the iso and burn it to a CD. I got the the puppy logo to show as it started to boot. Then after a while it gave me

Loading drivers needed to access disk drivers.... ....done
Searching for Puppy files in computer disk drives....
Searching deeper, sub-sub-folders in partitions...lupu_520.sfs not found. Dropping out to initial-ramdisk console...

I went back and check the iso to confirm the there was lupu_520.sfs on it, and there was. So I tried again a few times with the same out come. So I decided to just work around it after I could not figure out the problem. So I copied lupu_520.sfs to a usb drive. Then booted from the CD again with the usb drive in. This time I got

Loading drivers needed to access disk drivers.... ....done
Searching for Puppy files in computer disk drives....
Searching deeper, sub-sub-folders in partitions...Boot partition not found. Dropping out to initial-ramdisk console...

So I went looking for an answer, I could not find one. So I came here. I know my CD is good because it worked on an old computer, where I tried it out. I loved the Puppy OS and plan to keep it, as soon as I can get it on my main computer. I also know it would makes even more problems if I tried to boot from the usb, because of the way the Macbook pro is. Other things important to this is I have rEFIt and GRUB already on my computer. I did not think my setup would produce problems because I am trying to run it from Ram. Once I get it working then I can deal with all the other problems, but first I need Puppy to start.

So does anyone have any ideas?

my system

Current GPT partition table:
# Start LBA End LBA Type
1 40 409639 EFI System (FAT)
2 411648 25800703 Basic Data
3 25800704 113690623 Basic Data
4 113690624 152752127 Basic Data
5 152752128 211345879 Mac OS X HFS+
6 211609600 229165055 Basic Data
7 229165056 233068543 Basic Data
8 233068544 236976127 Basic Data

Current MBR partition table:
# A Start LBA End LBA Type
1 1 409639 ee EFI Protective
2 411648 25800703 0c FAT32 (LBA)
3 25800704 113690623 07 NTFS/HPFS
4 * 113690624 152752127 83 Linux

MBR contents:
Boot Code: Unknown, but bootable

i86_64

Model Name: MacBook Pro 13in
Model Identifier: MacBookPro7,1
Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz
Number Of Processors: 1
Total Number Of Cores: 2
Memory: 4 GB
Hard drive: SSD 128GB
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naena

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PostPosted: Tue 29 Mar 2011, 16:03    Post subject:  

I thought this is normal.

Did you get to the Puppy desktop? It saves the personal stuff into a file with the extension 2fs or 3fs on to the hard drive or CD on your log out the first time. May be I did not understand you correctly.
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PostPosted: Tue 29 Mar 2011, 16:20    Post subject:  

No, I did not get to the Puppy desktop. The puppy logo I was referencing was at the very start of the boot sequence. It has "Loading vmlinuz" at the bottom. I have seen vmlinuz load in other things I have done, so I am assuming it is good that it loaded it.
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greenstar53
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PostPosted: Wed 30 Mar 2011, 00:41    Post subject: update  

I tested it out on an older Macbook Pro version 1.1 and it worked perfectly minus sound. Encouraged by this and how well Puppy has preformed I decided to redo my hard drive. My plan is to replace Ubuntu with Puppy and then deal with Ubuntu later on. Well I got thought the setup to that part and encountered the same problem as before. So now I have a Macbook Pro version 7.1 with EFI partition, a Windows 7 partition and a bunch of empty partitions. I can not figure it out. These are the same meticulous steps I used when first installing Ubuntu and it loaded fine. On a side note I wonder why it did not see the lupu_520.sfs file that was on the CD, although I already got around that issue, now if it would just find the boot partition.
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greenstar53
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PostPosted: Wed 30 Mar 2011, 09:14    Post subject:  

I finally got it to boot. I loaded Ubuntu with GRUB then told Puppy where GRUB was, in this case it was"puppy pdev1=sda5". This was the first option under the F2 help list. Now on to the next step a full install, just need it to see my new SSD first. On a side note Puppy will only access 1.4 GB of the 4 GB of Ram that is there, still plenty of room to do everything.
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