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Old 12-21-2008, 03:21 PM   #1
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Powerbook G4 Etch Install Issue

Hi Everybody,

I should probably preface this by saying I'm very new to Linux , if that doesn't become obvious over the course of this post. Anyway, I recently had to replace the hard drive on my 12" 1.5 ghz Powerbook G4, and I felt that this was a perfect opportunity to begin experimenting with Linux.

I setup the system to run a dual boot with Mac OS X and Debian Etch. Unfortunately however, the Etch is not working. During the Etch boot, it goes through all its checks and passes all of them, except for one that says 802.11 core failed (-2). At this point it goes to a login, and then shortly after this the screen goes black and when it come back up a blue screen appears that says "Failed to Start X server, and it prompts me whether or not I want to see the output to diagnose the problem.

After going through these prompt screens, I go back to the command prompt, and I see an error that says something like:

##bcm43xx: Error: Microcode "bcm43xx_microcode5.fw" not availible or load failed.
##bcm43xx: core_up_for_active 802.11 core failed (-2)

Anyway, if someone could kind of give me some direction on how to fix this, and explain what's going on for my own knowledge, I would really appreciate it.

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