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Old 7th May 2012, 04:21 PM
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Fedora install fail - Mac Bootscreen reappear, cant start from disk, disc won't eject

Hi everyone,

I'm new to both this Forum and the whole Linux world. I wanted to install Fedora 16 on my Macbook Pro to get rid of my Lion OS and just to switch to Open Source. I do not have any programming experience and have never worked with the terminal, just to give you a hint on my experience.

I think I screwed something up.

Ok, here's my story:

- Complete formatting of my harddrive of my Macbook Pro 13" mid 2010
- Installed Windows 7 64 bit on a 70 GB NTFS partition, left another 160 something GB unpartitioned for Fedora 16. I did this as a preparation to install Fedora
- I ran Fedora 16 live disk and when I wanted to install it on my hardrive I got an Error message, that it could not find a suitable place for installing and it warned me that some data on the hard drive might get lost.
- The Fedora Installer just showed me the whole Harddrive, not any unpartitioned space to choose from.
- I decided that it is too risky since the program might overwrite the Windows partition as well. So I tried to create a ext4 partition from the free space, like a friend told me to do if the fedora installer does not find the free space by itself
- I started disk utility, clicked on the unpartitioned space, but the program just created a 172 kb partition instead of formatting the whole space
- I deleted this mini partition and decided to reboot.

Now everything went to hell:

- Instead of the automated Fedora Disk boot (still in the drive) there was suddenly the MacOS starter again (the same that always showed up after I encrypted my hard drive while using OSx Lion).
- It's clear that the starter won't find my startup volume since it is long gone along with the whole MacOS, but it now won't eject the Fedora Disc either. Windows 7 also does not boot, I just get the bloody mac boot screen.

Do you have any ideas how I can get out of this mess?

many thanks!
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