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Old 04-18-2016, 12:00 PM   #1
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Debian Install Gone Wrong

I am trying to install Linux on my old PowerMac G5. So far I have tried to install Debian 8.4, and gotten "Oh no! Something went wrong" message. Any advice on how to get Linux on my G5 would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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How are you trying to install Debian?

Are you using a CD/DVD or are you trying to install via usb flash drive?

Something went wrong" message
Is this the message your getting during or after the installation?

Is this your machine?

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"Oh no! Something went wrong" usually happens on attempted login to a desktop env.
Post-install judging from that experience.
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Yeah its the Dual-Core 2GHz, 4GB RAM PowerMac G5.
I am installing from CD(burned myself), I don't think the G5 Kernal lets you boot from usb.
I'm fairly certain the message is post install... Any ideas on how to troubleshoot?
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If you can access the bootloader, perhaps try to single user boot. Add "single" as a kernel parameter. You can also add a file "/fastboot" to boot differently one time. If you have access to the root filesystem. I don't know much about macs, but at least one version had the option to switch between big endian and little endian in the bios, perhaps try to flip that and see if it magically works. Otherwise mentions of refind instead of grub as the boot loader? Out of my realm really.
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Could be the disk\DL?


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