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Old 06-21-2015, 03:35 AM   #1
malloy
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Debian Jessie 8.1 lxde on PPC G5


Hello,

I inherited a G5 Power Macintosh G5 2.0 which had a defective hard drive, to resurrect it, I downloaded and tried to install Jessie 8 PPC LXDE.

I got an old 160gb sata and wiped it and after a few tries, I was able to install Jessie. Rebooting it I get the "loading second stage bootstrap" message and it just reboots and repeats over and over. It seems the same problem others ran into installing other distros on similar machines such as in this thread http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1912874.

Does anyone have a detailed guide for this and have any others successfully installed Jessie on a PPC? I understand it must be a problem with Yaboot but I am totally new to this loader and how to make it work right.

Thanks for your input!
 
Old 06-21-2015, 10:36 PM   #2
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I'm probably not the best expert, but I've installed Debian Wheezy on a PowerBook G3 and dealt with Yaboot a few times. Making this reply actually got me to crack it open for the first time in a few weeks.

Somethings I noticed about my booting Debian Mac and from the forums is that my partition scheme includes an Apple partition map and a NewWorld bootblock. /etc/yaboot.conf has the Apple partition map set as the boot= device by UUID.

I'd try to reinstall it again and post what boot settings the Debian installer suggests and implements.

Hope this helps.
 
Old 06-22-2015, 01:16 AM   #3
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Thanks! I'll try messing around with it. BUt I'll also try reinstalling again. What I thought was a quick install is turning out to be a longer project!
 
Old 06-22-2015, 10:14 AM   #4
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Computing, especially with old stuff, tend to have a time creep. I can pull up and look at Debian on my G3 if you have any questions.
 
  


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