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How to Install Debian 7.4 on PowerPC G4?

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I have a powermac MDD G4 and would like to know if anyone know the step by step tutorial in how to replace OS X Leopard with the new Debian 7.4

 

The DVD is here: http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/7.4.0/powerpc/iso-dvd/

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Looks like there are some guides on this page: https://www.debian.org/ports/powerpc/

 

One of those says it is for a G4 based ibook.

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I did installed Debian 7.4 but after everything is configured and ready to boot. I can see the regular linux booting screen in text mode but after than the monitor just shutdown but the computer still on... I am stuck on there :(... Any help? I can't find any tutorial about this issue.

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Looking at that tutorial is kind of difficult to follow and do... don't understand what do I need first... I am a noob in this... I have the yaboot prompt "boot:" them what is next? because If I just click enter it will boot into a blank screen.

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A tutorial from Snaphat's link seems to be a bit more friendly if you're new to the Linux scene.

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ok try this 

After booting is complete:

Type: ctrl-option-F1 (should give you a command prompt, may take a couple of tries)

Type: sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf (return)

In the Monitor section, change "HorizSync" to 58-62 and "VertRefresh" to 75-117.

Disable DRI. In the Module section, put a hash mark (#) at the beginning of the line containing "load dri". If you have no Module section, make one like this:

Section "Module"
Disable "glx"
Disable "dri"
EndSection

Type: ctrl-O (return) to write edited file

Type: ctrl-X to exit nano back to command line

Type: sudo /etc/init.d/gdm restart (return) to restart Gnome. (In Dapper and Edgy, the restart command is broken. Use sudo killall -HUP gdm instead.) 

typing 

linux 1

should also take you to command prompt

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Ok, but if I wait until the booting is complete it will go to a blank screen... this is the issue here... I can't do anything when the monitor turned off itself. My only options are in the begin when the yaboot "boot" is ready. What do I need to do in there?

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A tutorial from Snaphat's link seems to be a bit more friendly if you're new to the Linux scene.

I am trying to follow that tutorial but nothing show about the blank screen issue

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Thank you for all your replies guys but I ended up downloading and burning Lubuntu 13.10 PPC edition. It is more noob proof than Debian. So I will report how my experience was with Lubuntu.

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I'm curious to hear how well it runs. I have an iBook G4 sitting unused because OS X 10.5 is so outdated and slow, hardly anything works on it anymore.

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Well, the experience is almost the same thing... ended up this time in a blank screen without turning off the monitor. I tried  live video=radeonfb:1024x768-32@60 and does not make a difference. I have not try yet "nomodeset" don't know it will make a difference. Now I am wondering if my powermac g4 MDD is compatible or is the Radeon 128MB of ram video the issue here?

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fedora has a powerpc version as well. worth a try if you're willing

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Using "live nomodeset" I got this as result:

 

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fedora has a powerpc version as well. worth a try if you're willing

As far as I know their support for PowerPC G4 has been dropped few years ago.

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The live nomodeset is giving you enough of a display to let you try to edit configuration files. Check the pages that have been listed here to see if they have xorg configurations or driver configurations that may help resolve the issues with a normal boot. Also, try to see i you can find the exact ATI card you have, as that may give a hint at what is needed configuration wise. 

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As far as I know their support for PowerPC G4 has been dropped few years ago.

not from what i see, looks up-to-date from here http://fedoraproject.org/en/get-fedora#2nd_arches

 

edit: nm yeah, looks like it's for the G5 & up

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The live nomodeset is giving you enough of a display to let you try to edit configuration files. Check the pages that have been listed here to see if they have xorg configurations or driver configurations that may help resolve the issues with a normal boot. Also, try to see i you can find the exact ATI card you have, as that may give a hint at what is needed configuration wise. 

You know what, I think I am having issues because I thought I have a ATI but I found out that I actually have a Nvidia...

 

Chipset Model: GeForce4 Ti 4600

  Type: Display

  Bus: AGP

  Slot: SLOT-1

  VRAM (Total): 128 MB

  Vendor: NVIDIA (0x10de)

  Device ID: 0x0250

  Revision ID: 0x00a3

  ROM Revision: 1105

  Displays:

ASUS VK221:

  Resolution: 1680 x 1050 @ 60 Hz

  Depth: 32-Bit Color

  Core Image: Software

  Main Display: Yes

  Mirror: Off

  Online: Yes

  Quartz Extreme: Supported

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Haha, well let us know if you get it sorted

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Haha, well let us know if you get it sorted

 

I am now installing back Debian as I now know the right Graphics hardware I have... so I will get back to you guys soon...

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You know what, I think I am having issues because I thought I have a ATI but I found out that I actually have a Nvidia...

yeah, that'll do it lol. let us know the results

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Ok, I have back the black screen but with the mouse pointer... I can move the mouse but nothing else show. I booted using "Linux nouveau.modeset=0" and "nouveau.noaccel=1" nothing make a difference. Any suggestion guys? Using again Debian 7.4

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