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Old 03-09-2007, 09:10 AM   #1
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Hi everyone, I'd like to state that I am a but not THAT new. I like playing inside OS X's Terminal.

I have been trying to install debian for about two weeks now onto the above OldWorld Mac.

I want to share a few experiences with you and ask a question or two as well.

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PM 5500/225
80Mb RAM, 40Gb HD (ATA), SCSI (stock) CD-ROM drive (Sony from memory)
Debian 3.1r5 'sarge', PowerPC port

I have reviewed a previous post http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...d.php?t=235897 and found it mostly useful.

I followed zero79's links (both of them) for floppy installers downloads.
I made a floppy using another Linux machine I have (i386, Slackware 10.3) using this prompt: dd if=/root/boot.img of=/dev/fd0 bs=1024
(assuming that the disk images are in the root's home folder).
I also did the same thing for root and cd-drivers (which handles SCSI cd-roms).

I start the Mac with the boot floppy in the drive and it finds the floppy and boots. Black screen with Linux pengiun at the top with white writing on black background. It asks for the root disk. This Mac being a software eject, have to use paperclip and emergency eject hole to swap floppies.

Put the root floppy in and hit enter. It detects the ram image and proceeds to the installer.

Installer appears and I go through the options one-by-one.

- Choose language as English.
- Load drivers from a floppy (in this case, it's from the cd-drivers image)
- Select the default kepyboard layout (non-USB)
- Detect and mount the CD-ROM (accesses after loading just fine)

Then we come to the Load installer components from CD. Here's the thing - it says that there were no kernel modules found. If I say yes, it asks if I want to load installer components from CD. If I select NO options and hit continue, the libc6-udeb fails "for unknown reasons" and the installer goes no further.

If I try to restart the option again, it keeps telling me that a part of the installation failed.

I can't access the "Finish the installation" option without going to the "Load installer components from CD" option first.

I would appreciate ANY help AT ALL at this point.
 
  


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