Samstag, 23. Oktober 2010

Ubuntu on the MacBookAir3,1 11" and MacBookAir3,2 13"

Here you see the Ubuntu login screen an a MacbookAir3,1.

Basicly the installation is similiar to a normal installation, the first thing you have to do is :

1.) Use nomodeset as boot option for the installer.

On the first boot add nomodeset and reboot=pci to the kernel parameters.

How to make this permanent look at this wiki page :

I also used the sound config from there.

For the keyboard and touchpad you can use this patch :


Edit /etc/initramfs-tools/modules and add :


Additional infos can be found here :

Ubuntu forum MacBookAir3,2



  1. What installer did you use? When I use Ubuntu 10.10 installer I get an unreadable screen display.

  2. Ubuntu Desktop installer. Use nomodeset as boot parameter, then you have a normal desktop.

  3. Hi, nice work, I had Ubuntu unstalled on my old MacBook Air 2,1 but was totally confused with the garbled screen when I booted off the live cd on my new Air. Google truly is your friend.

    A question though. When editing the grub configuration file do we just add nomodeset & reboot=pci as you suggest above or "video=uvesafb:mode_option=1280x800-24,mtrr=3,scroll=ywrap" as well like it suggests on the page you linked too.

    I'm guessing it's just nomodeset & reboot=pci but I'd rather check first rather than screwing up Grub.

  4. It may be too late, but this did the trick for me on my Mac Mini: