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    Exclamation Ultimate methods for installing SUSE In macBook Pro 10.8.2

    Nowadays Linux especially with new kernel have many problems with the hardware drivers which mainly comes from the Linux kernel compatibility with Mac machine. The most common issue is the stacked black screen complaining:

    ACPI Kernel panic

    as soon as we press "installation" by inserting the Linux DVD. This happen to almost all nowadays Linux distribution including: SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 SP2, openSUSE (11.4, 12.x), Redhat 6.X, Scientific Linux 6.X and Ubuntu 12.x.

    Many threads online advised to add options on intallation booting such as:

    or apic=off
    or inremap=off
    or intel_iommmu=off

    The installation dialogue may pop up after adding those mentioned options, but you will find that your mouse, touch pad and keyboard either internal or external doesn't work at all. And you are headache about what to do next. I've also tried many times and finally find a reasonable solution for it:

    we can first add one of the above options in the initial installation, of course we have to be sure at least either external or internal keyboard should work otherwise we cannot finish the following step.

    after installation we can login to Linux and press command+F1 to open a terminal fetch a new Linux kernel compile it. Here I suggest stable released version: 3.6.2 which I confirmed that it works well for the "kernel panic" issue under SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 SP2.

    This new kernel can be obtained by command:


    and here is the steps for compiling:
    we can download it and unzip it to /usr/local/src
    before compiling, we need to install


    after that it can be compiled by command:

    make oldconfig
    make menuconfig
    make -j4
    make modules_install install

    Run this command

    mkinitrd -o initrd.img-<kernelversion> <kernelversion>"

    (For SUSE or Redhat based distros, you need not create initrd, as it is created by default) remembering to replace <kernelverison> with the version number of the kernel you build.
    Finally we can edit our grub option:

    vi /boot/grub/menu.lst

    You will find the new kernel was added in the grub menu.lst, and it also contains options like: noapic or acpi=off

    we can delete such options and reboot system:
    init 6

    You'll find that not only your mouse, external and internal keyboard work, but also even your apple magic wireless mouse works fine.

    The final step is configure the GPU driver which may requries Bumblebee since macBOOK Pro contains two GPU: intel HD4000 and nvidia GT650M. This can be done following this tutorial:
    Last edited by malcolmlewis; 25-Oct-2012 at 17:07.

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