I have been given a 2006-era 32-bit EFI Intel iMac. I would like to install some modern Linux as the only OS on it. I know there are several guides on the subject, but I have several limitations preventing me from using most of them, outlined below.
- The age of the iMac.
Many guides are for modern iMacs or MacBooks, which may behave differently, and since I don't use Apple computers, I don't know what applies and what doesn't).
- No CD Drive and no OS X install disk.
Self-explanatory: the CD/DVD combo whatever doesn't function properly, and I do not possess any Apple installation software.
- No Administrator Password.
The person who gave it to me does not have it. This prevents, among other things, installing rEFInd.
- I do not run, nor am I interested in running, Ubuntu.
Any solution which requires me to do something with quasi-proprietary Ubuntu software does me no good either.
I suppose my question is does anyone know of a method or a guide that will help me in this particular situation? I have a few USB sticks lying around with Linux installers on them, but none of them work on this Mac. If I insert them and reboot it just hangs at a white screen. Pressing and holding ⌥ alt/option does nothing.