I am making this thread to hopefully get my system running correctly and also create a resource for anyone in the future trying to do the same or at least a list or reasons not to do this.
A family member gave me a Macbook Pro. Didn’t have the password and I have never really cared for Mac OS anyways so I wiped it and put Manjaro on it. Worked surprisingly well right off the bat. I have not experienced most of the common problems reported with linux on a Macbook; wifi works, touchpad works (mostly), keyboard backlight works, volume controls work (haven’t actually tested sound though). I do have the 30 seconds of blank white screen at boot but am hoping getting my hands on a Mac OS recovery disk and running the bless command will fix this. The issues I am having are:
Runs crazy hot.
I haven’t ever really used a Macbook so this could be normal but I find it hard to believe. I think this might be due to the dual graphics cards. Looks like there are two Nvidia cards. Would have thought one would be Intel like another old laptop I had.
The bandaid for the old laptop was to disable the Nvidia card. Although that issue was battery life rather than heat output specifically and with two Nvidia cards I don’t know if the fix I used would work properly.
I tried installing the Nvidia drivers but then the whole thing wouldnt boot. Had to reinstall the free drivers from the command line.
I saw a link somewhere about linux macbooks with multiple graphics cards but now I can’t find it. Anyone know anything about this?
Keyboard and Clicking unresponsive.
Cursor moves around fine but clicking or typing does not produce anything on the screen. Being pretty useless I don’t have much ability to fix this. I upgraded to the latest kernel, which did nothing. I do not recall the keyboard being unresponsive while in the command line which makes me think this is maybe linked to my graphics issue or an xorg problem. Anyone have any thoughts?
Battery Reads fully changed and 50% at the same time.
This has not been a significant issue yet as I haven’t used the laptop on battery. The system says the battery should be ~70W, but shows it at ~35W. Not sure how it measures watts or charging status. I guess charging status is a current measurement and seems like capacity is just measured W / expected W. Would explain the readout I am getting but I have no idea how to go about fixing that. Or what the battery is supposed to be Watt-wise for that matter.
Thanks to anyone who can help. I will keep poking around when I get another chance and update this post with fixes or additional issues.