I have a ~2006 Macbook (1,1) that I am trying to resurrect as a Linux machine. I no longer want nor need OS X, so I want to install Arch as the only OS on this machine. I have tried several times to get Arch Linux installed, but I get hung up every time when it comes to installing the bootloader. I have even gotten Grub2 to install, but I can't get it to install and then boot. I've attempted following the ArchLinux Macbook guide for EFI, along with the Beginner's Guide. I've read quite a bit about UEFI, but I still can't seem to figure out where to put my bootloader.
From the errors I get when I install, it would appear that the laptop is not booting in UEFI mode, so none of the UEFI bootloader directions work. I get hung up at the following command:
grub-install --target=i386-efi --efi-directory=/boot/efi --bootloader-id=arch_grub --recheck
It tells me to run
modprobe efivars before chrooting, but I do that and nothing happens. My understanding is that my Macbook is EFI rather than BIOS, but without it booting into UEFI mode, I can't install a UEFI bootloader.
What do I need to do to make the bootloader (1) install and (2) work. As mentioned above, I don't need OS X, and would like Arch to be the only OS on this computer.