Attempted to do a fresh install of Ubuntu by following the procedure found here: Clean install Ubuntu on a dual boot with Windows

I assumed that the fact that it was for Vista instead of OS X was inconsequential. My base OS is Yosemite.

Now when rEFInd starts up, I still see the option for OS X and Ubuntu but no option for installing Ubuntu.

When I click the Ubuntu option it says "error: no such partition. entering recovery mode"

Any ideas on how to resolve this? Any and all input would be greatly appreciated!


I attempted to start up GParted again to see if I missed something and now rEFInd isn't seeing it either? Don't know if this is useful info? Does Gparted depend on the presence of Ubuntu?


1) Base OS: Yosemite

2) What media device you are installing Ubuntu from: DVD+R

3) Your method before it stopped working: Not sure exactly what you mean by method. I was attempting to get my WiFi working (It works for OS X but didn't work for Ubuntu, GParted, or Tails. but I'll cross that bridge later). I used rEFInd to load it, and used GParted to delete it.

  • You make it very unclear as to which base operating system you have. Please indicate the following: 1) Base OS. 2) What media device you are installing Ubuntu from. 3) Your method before it stopped working.
    – pwn'cat
    Commented Nov 7, 2015 at 3:29
  • thank you for pointing that out! Yosemite is my base os. I've also added that detail to the main post Commented Nov 7, 2015 at 3:42

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Please refer to my answer to another question involving similar difficulties. The method is the exact same, except you should skip step 4 and use the Ubuntu ISO instead.

Before attempting anything though, remove all traces of your previous failed installation attempts from the Mac.

  • Worked like a charm. Can't tell you how grateful I am that there a such wise ppl or there willing to lend a helping hand. Thanks again Commented Nov 7, 2015 at 7:42
  • However I do have one more question pertaining to you answer about WiFi. When the wiki says that the package has to be built on a system with the same kernel version, does that mean if I'm trying to get WiFi on a system running ubuntu 15.04, then the package must be built on that same version? I'm guessing since I don't have WiFi, I need to go out and purchase a thunderbolt? Or am I mistaken about the meaning and I can build the package on the osx system? Commented Nov 7, 2015 at 7:53
  • To enable Wi-Fi you must build the package on Ubuntu 15.04 if that is the OS where you lack Wi-Fi connectivity. You don't need to purchase anything, you can cURL and unpack it on OS X and then transfer the broadcom-wl folder to the Ubuntu partition across boots with a USB stick. From there you can build the driver.
    – pwn'cat
    Commented Nov 15, 2015 at 17:34

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