[ubuntu-studio-users] Dual System-Startup-Beginner

András isza at aon.at
Fri Jun 19 06:14:20 UTC 2020

Hi, Dave & Erich,

thanks for trying to help! The issues you mention I shall probably encounter in a next step when I can bring my installed Ubuntu system to boot. For now, it won't start on the second intent after the initial installation which went fine. Now, when choosing the Ubuntu disk as a startup I get a black screen with some text and a prompt to type something. This looks like to me like a Console for which to react I ought to enter a command but I don’t know what. In short: I can’t boot my installed system at all whether fast or slow.

By the way when installing it I also thought that the Mac’s internal HD would be more convenient so I made a 70 GB partition there. I had the intention to install Ubuntu onto this partition. But when given the choice of where to make the installation, this partition was not recognised. In stead I was given the option of using the whole 500 GB HD for the installation and before that all the presently existing data on it would be wiped clean. I can’t afford to lose that so I had to back out of the installation process and finally only an external HD formatted in MS-DOS was recognised and offered as a site for installation.

Of course, I know that an SSD drive (internal or external) would be speedier than a USB HD. But for now I am trying to get by with what I have. After all, I am starting to get to know Ubuntu and before deciding to use it permanently I don’t want to make new investments in gear.

So, for now, I am still waiting on help to boot the installed Ubuntu system. Thanks!


> On 2020. Jun 18., at 19:40, Dave at Dalek Zone <dave at dalek.zone> wrote:
> Hi,
> I've no experience with Linux on Mac, but - as a general rule - I'd advise against trying to install the standard desktop Ubuntu on an external USB hard disk. It's likely to be too slow and you'll probably have performance issues. Either you should take the trouble to resize the partitioning of your internal HD with the Mac OS and then install Ubuntu alongside it. Or else you could consider making a live USB of Linux with persistent storage. That latter solution is designed and optimized to run on a USB stick and works pretty well.
> I can't say why your current Linux on the external drive is not working. Maybe someone else is more knowledgeable.
> ---
> All best wishes,
> Dave
> On 2020-06-18 11:45, András wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I am a Mac user for a few decades now and I am looking for ways to
>> escape from that system. On a friend’s recommendation I am now
>> investigating Ubuntu Studio 20.04 LTS.
>> I am a complete beginner in Ubuntu, so my idea is to set up an Ubuntu
>> system on a separate media but for now continue to use Apple’s High
>> Sierra (OS 10.13.6) the last compatible OS with my Mac Mini Mid 2011.
>> I have found an article on the web about installing dual systems on
>> the Mac which I tried to follow. The media which I chose for keeping
>> the Ubuntu system is a WD 2 TB external HD USB. For starting I used a
>> 32 GB USB Stick.
>> To get the downloaded iso file onto the Stick I had to burn it with
>> BalenaEtcher. It then started up fine form the Stick. When I had a
>> choice to install Ubuntu permanently I chose the 2 TB HD and finished
>> the installation there. After playing around and discovering the way
>> Ubuntu works I switched back to Mac OS.
>> When I wanted to start Ubuntu again the next day from the 2 TB HD, it
>> wouldn’t go beyond an initial black screen with text, awaiting some
>> command. I never got as far as the Ubuntu logo.
>> What am I doing wrong or not doing that impedes the start up of the
>> installed system from the HD?
>> I’d very much appreciate your help. After the initial joy about the
>> new system it’s now total frustration. By the way, I am not a
>> programmer or computer geek, as you may have noticed, so I’d
>> appreciate some idiot-proof advice. Thanks!
>> Regards
>> Andy
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