I have a Mac Pro with an empty (no existing partitions) 1TB HD connected to it. I am using a windows USB keyboard and want to install Ubuntu on it.

There is no Mac OS installed or running on this computer. I have no access to another Apple device.

It is not a Macbook. This is the exactly version: Mac Pro 3.00x/4x1/x1900xt/250/sd/ap


  • how to boot the Mac Pro using a USB stick and install Ubuntu on it?
  • can I do it using a simple USB keyboard and Microsoft Wireless mouse?
  • People do claim to have got an 08 to boot from USB. Having had two since 2008, I will disagree with them. I have never got an 08 to boot from USB other than with an Apple Hardware Test stick. 09s are easy, 08s… meh. You will also need wired keyboard & mouse to start with.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Sep 28, 2020 at 18:34
  • @Tetsujin how can I have an Apple Hardware Test stick? Is this any kind of special USB stick with Apple software installed? And if I want to reinstall the Apple software to this device... what do I need? Never did it before. Commented Sep 29, 2020 at 2:28
  • The AHT software in just a test suite, nothing else. You can't install from it. To get OS X on the Mac you'd need a retail copy of the Snow Leopard DVD, about $£€ 20 on eBay. I honestly have no idea how you'd get Ubuntu on it without it being bootable from USB, sorry.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Sep 29, 2020 at 7:19
  • The easiest way to install Linux on it would be from an optical disk. If you can get a Linux live CD, hold 'C' at power on to boot from the CD.
    – Kolvir
    Commented Nov 27, 2020 at 20:32

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I suggest you use the tutorial from Ubuntu.

This requires access to another running computer (Linux, Windows, Mac). If you don't have one, consider to reinstall macOS with macOS Recovery installer to prepare the stick. Press shift + opt + cmd + R during a restart to reinstall the macOS that came with your Mac, or the closest version still available.

  • Does macOS Recovery works with this old computer? I have a Windows keyboard, is it possible to use this shortcut with a windows keyboard? Commented Sep 30, 2020 at 0:39
  • Also, I tried many shortcuts. All I can get is a screen with an folder and a question mark blinking. Any ideas? Commented Sep 30, 2020 at 2:58

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