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#1 +macoman

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 15:39

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.debia...owerpc/iso-dvd/




#2 +snaphat (Myles Landwehr)

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 22:26

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.



#3 OP +macoman

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 02:12

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.

#4 Haggis

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 08:57

there seems to be some fixes on this page

 

i have not had a change to look through it as i am at work but have a look :)

 

http://unix.stackexc...to-blank-screen



#5 OP +macoman

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 13:41

there seems to be some fixes on this page

 

i have not had a change to look through it as i am at work but have a look :)

 

http://unix.stackexc...to-blank-screen

Thank you sir, I will take a look...



#6 OP +macoman

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 13:49

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.



#7 Nick H.

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 13:58

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

#8 Haggis

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 13:58

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



#9 OP +macoman

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 14:15

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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Posted 28 February 2014 - 14:25

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



#11 OP +macoman

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 16:26

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.



#12 Thrackerzod

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 16:56

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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Posted 28 February 2014 - 17:04

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?



#14 +snaphat (Myles Landwehr)

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 17:13

^Try nomodeset, it could work. The RAM is not the issue.

 

EDIT: what card do you have? I found these:

https://wiki.ubuntu...._Rage_128_cards

https://wiki.ubuntu....erPCKnownIssues



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 17:19

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