I am having issues starting up my iMac. I would like to know if i create a bootable usb with Ubuntu or any other OS, would i be able to boot with it and access the OSX drive? I able to do this in windows with mini windows xp but never done it on mac.


The issue on my mac is related to the graphics card which prevents me from starting the mac. Here is the question explaining the problem iMac doesn't start, all i see is colored lines and then checkered lines on a white background

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    AskUbuntu does not provide any solution, and for most other operating systems, you would need to configure something in OS X first. Yan, if it is a dead video card, then it does not matter what operating system you have, it will still most likely have issues. Therefore, as another post indicated on your other question, you will need another Mac and a FireWire cable to see if you can backup any data. You can't use an external monitor because your Mac doesn't start up. Aug 12, 2013 at 13:22
  • I read that i can use ubuntu liveCD. Is that easier and supported? I have a cd drive in the iMac so i can go either way. It is just easier for me right now to create a flash drive vs cd.
    – Yan
    Aug 12, 2013 at 13:25
  • I linked you to a Ubuntu ISO for Mac. You can try it, but if the video card is dead, then you still won't see anything. Aug 12, 2013 at 13:27
  • Thanks! I was hoping to see ubuntu with lines and access the osx hard drive to copy the files. I do see the diagnostic screen. I guess it might be different. Do you know if i do boot in ubuntu is it easy to access the osx hard drive?
    – Yan
    Aug 12, 2013 at 13:29
  • It should be as simple as this- run gksudo nautilus in the Ubuntu Terminal (Dash => Search for Terminal). It will open up a "Finder" window with root privileges. Aug 12, 2013 at 13:51


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