Okay so here's the goal. I have a USB stick and I have an early 2011 intel MBP. I want to be able to install and boot Ubuntu from the USB stick. I tried following these instructions:
Download | Ubuntu
to create a bootable USB stick. When I boot up my mac and hold option to see all bootable drives I don't see the USB stick and I think I may know why. Intel mac's obviously work with EFI instead of BIOS, and when I burn the iso image to the USB drive (even though I had already formatted it to GPT like other mac bootable drives) it gets formatted to MBR. So I think this is the problem, partially anyways. I know there are probably a ton of ways to make this work with rEFIt and stuff, but this is the way I want to do it.
I don't have access to an existing linux install or any VM
I do NOT want to load or make any changes to my actual hard drive that has OSX and bootcamped Windows 7 on it
I want everything to be done and stored/saved on USB stick, that's it.
Nerds and geeks, help me out! Can this be done?
I did this on my sister's laptop a couple months ago (PC) and it worked like a charm.
Stupid question, but are you following the instructions on the "pendrive" or whatever site? They worked pretty flawlessy for me.