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#1 2010-09-29 19:07:01

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[SOLVED] Macbook spends 30 seconds with "white screen" before GRUB sho

So installing Arch on my Macbook was, ironically, way easier than on the desktop where I manually selected each component in the hope that it would be as FOSS compatible as possible... the only issue I have is that whenever I have to cold start / reboot (fortunately not too often), it spends ~30 seconds showing this empty white screen until it decides to load GRUB. Does anyone know if there's a way around this issue, or what it is doing? I can't remember it taking that long before, although it was fairly slow in booting with OS X too.

BTW, I am not dual booting. It's an old non-aluminium Macbook, v5.2 or something I guess.

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#2 2010-09-29 19:15:05

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Re: [SOLVED] Macbook spends 30 seconds with "white screen" before GRUB sho

I think it's normal for Macbooks, it's the EFI bios looking for bootable media. Annoying, but normal.


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#3 2010-09-29 19:49:06

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Re: [SOLVED] Macbook spends 30 seconds with "white screen" before GRUB sho

I've solved the same problem by booting a Mac OS X Install DVD, opening it's Terminal application using the command:

# bless --device /dev/disk0s1 --setBoot --legacy

But of course, you have to make sure to replace '/dev/disk0s1' with the partition you've installed grub in (sda0 should be equivalent to disk0s1, sda1 to disk0s2 and so on).

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#4 2010-09-29 20:46:09

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Re: [SOLVED] Macbook spends 30 seconds with "white screen" before GRUB sho

Thanks ber_t! That solved it big_smile

However, now I have a new problem, and I'm not sure if it's worse or what... the startup DING is back!

Perhaps I can change the volume from the installer thing...

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#5 2010-09-29 21:06:28

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Re: [SOLVED] Macbook spends 30 seconds with "white screen" before GRUB sho

ber_t wrote:

I've solved the same problem by booting a Mac OS X Install DVD, opening it's Terminal application using the command:

# bless --device /dev/disk0s1 --setBoot --legacy

But of course, you have to make sure to replace '/dev/disk0s1' with the partition you've installed grub in (sda0 should be equivalent to disk0s1, sda1 to disk0s2 and so on).

Oh that's excellent, thanks. smile


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#6 2010-09-30 06:21:15

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Re: [SOLVED] Macbook spends 30 seconds with "white screen" before GRUB sho

It seems volume keys don't work in the installer :-/ will let you know if searching turns up anything...

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#7 2010-09-30 08:37:25

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Re: [SOLVED] Macbook spends 30 seconds with "white screen" before GRUB sho

unhammer wrote:

Thanks ber_t! That solved it big_smile

However, now I have a new problem, and I'm not sure if it's worse or what... the startup DING is back!

Perhaps I can change the volume from the installer thing...

Yes, you can:

# /usr/sbin/nvram SystemAudioVolume=%80

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#8 2010-09-30 08:47:07

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Re: [SOLVED] Macbook spends 30 seconds with "white screen" before GRUB sho

ber_t to the rescue again, thanks big_smile!

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#9 2010-09-30 09:04:44

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Re: [SOLVED] Macbook spends 30 seconds with "white screen" before GRUB sho

Please mark your topic [solved] unhammer. smile


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