I am having difficultly trying to install Loki on my MacBook circa 2007. Firstly following the instructions and using Etcher to burn elementaryos-0.4-stable-amd64.20160921.iso I created a USB stick that booted fine on my mid 2012 MacBook Pro but not on the 2007 MacBook.

I found this blog post https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2266424, and following its instructions of copying bootIA32.efi from Mac Linux USB loader I was able to boot off the USB stick. However when I try installing it always errors with this

grub-install /dev/sda' failed. This is a fatal error

I've tried about half a dozen times and enabled the internet during installation to no avail.


I had this very problem installing on a similar Macbook. For me, it seems that the problem had to do with the way I created the USB stick. I had been following similar instructions.

Ultimately, I got it to work when I setup the USB stick using Etcher, as described in the Elementary OS setup instructions on their site.

  • What model MacBook do you have? I tried this several times to no avail. Jan 16 '17 at 15:16

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