• Cannot boot Debian Testing netinst on a PowerMac G5, vertical blue stri

    From Michal Krzysztof Feiler@21:1/5 to All on Mon Jan 9 02:10:28 2017
    Hello,

    I am currently trying to install GNU/Linux on my PowerMac G5 alongside
    macOS 10.5.8.

    tl;dr: this whole paragraph is solely about Fedora, skip to the next one --- I've been trying Fedora25, but the graphical installer requires more RAM
    (I have just 1GB, though waiting for the delivery of 4GB for upgrade),
    and the text-only installer first crashed on something related to the
    macOS HDD (https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1368932), and
    after unplugging it it had some problems with the mirrors, as neither
    the "Closest mirror" nor "https://"→"https://archive.fedoraproject.org/ pub/fedora-secondary/releases/25/Everything/ppc64/os/" (nor "http://" → "", that one causes https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1368932)
    worked (the following option regarding the software choice still could
    not proceed).

    So I've decided to try Debian. I've downloaded http://gemmei.acc.umu.se/cdimage/weekly-builds/powerpc/iso-cd/ debian-testing-powerpc-netinst.iso to my PowerMac, checked the checksum,
    burned it with Disk Utility (with verification) and booted it up by
    pressing C during boot, as usual. After the usual gray screen, the
    screen that followed was a black screen with iirc one-pixel blue strips
    equally spaced every one to four millimeters (1280×1024 19"). As the
    G5s, when their cooling is not controlled by software, speed up to
    maximum after some timeout, and then the unit turns off after some more,
    this is what follows (the same would happen with a working Fedora
    install if I would not run `modprobe i2c-powermac` and possibly also
    `modprobe rack-meter` soon enough).

    Any ideas?

    Cheers,

    Michael

    P.S. BTW, that's my first message on Usenet ;)

    P.P.S. I doubt that it will help, but I will also try stable 8.6.0,
    exactly as described in what I am trying to follow: https://github.com/masterzorag/G5_ppc64-linux

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  • From Ant@21:1/5 to Michal Krzysztof Feiler on Mon Jan 9 10:55:09 2017
    Also, try asking in http://forums.debian.net/ ... :) I really should try
    this on my very old 15" PowerBook G4 1 Ghz with its Mac OS X v10.2.8. :(

    Michal Krzysztof Feiler <archiet@platinum.edu.pl> wrote:
    Hello,

    I am currently trying to install GNU/Linux on my PowerMac G5 alongside
    macOS 10.5.8.

    tl;dr: this whole paragraph is solely about Fedora, skip to the next one --- I've been trying Fedora25, but the graphical installer requires more RAM
    (I have just 1GB, though waiting for the delivery of 4GB for upgrade),
    and the text-only installer first crashed on something related to the
    macOS HDD (https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1368932), and
    after unplugging it it had some problems with the mirrors, as neither
    the "Closest mirror" nor "https://"???"https://archive.fedoraproject.org/ pub/fedora-secondary/releases/25/Everything/ppc64/os/" (nor "http://" ??? "", that one causes https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1368932)
    worked (the following option regarding the software choice still could
    not proceed).

    So I've decided to try Debian. I've downloaded http://gemmei.acc.umu.se/cdimage/weekly-builds/powerpc/iso-cd/ debian-testing-powerpc-netinst.iso to my PowerMac, checked the checksum, burned it with Disk Utility (with verification) and booted it up by
    pressing C during boot, as usual. After the usual gray screen, the
    screen that followed was a black screen with iirc one-pixel blue strips equally spaced every one to four millimeters (12801024 19"). As the
    G5s, when their cooling is not controlled by software, speed up to
    maximum after some timeout, and then the unit turns off after some more,
    this is what follows (the same would happen with a working Fedora
    install if I would not run `modprobe i2c-powermac` and possibly also `modprobe rack-meter` soon enough).

    Any ideas?

    Cheers,

    Michael

    P.S. BTW, that's my first message on Usenet ;)

    P.P.S. I doubt that it will help, but I will also try stable 8.6.0,
    exactly as described in what I am trying to follow: https://github.com/masterzorag/G5_ppc64-linux
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