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Old 04-05-2005, 08:19 PM   #1
timbrown527
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Debian Sarge on a PowerMac 5400/180


Hello!

I've been using linux for a couple of years now, but on the Intel platform. Recently I"ve been wanting to install linux on an old PowerMac 5400/180. It's not maxed out for ram but I'd think 80Mb should be ok for a start. It's got a 6 gig hd, and I'd like bigger but again, this is a start.

I've downloaded the netinstaller for Debian Sarge and created an ISO image on CD. This mac doesn't appear to want to boot up with the CD, although it does with a copy of the OS 7.6.1 cd. I've tried selecting the cd rom as the startup disk (which is visible) but it just keeps booting up to the Mac os.

Am I missing something? I'm familiar with Macs, but have never installed Linux on one before.

Oh...Yes, I can open the disk up and explore it on the mac.

Thanks,

Tim

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Old 04-06-2005, 02:30 AM   #2
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Re: Debian Sarge on a PowerMac 5400/180

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Originally posted by timbrown527
Hello!

I've been using linux for a couple of years now, but on the Intel platform. Recently I"ve been wanting to install linux on an old PowerMac 5400/180. It's not maxed out for ram but I'd think 80Mb should be ok for a start. It's got a 6 gig hd, and I'd like bigger but again, this is a start.

I've downloaded the netinstaller for Debian Sarge and created an ISO image on CD. This mac doesn't appear to want to boot up with the CD, although it does with a copy of the OS 7.6.1 cd. I've tried selecting the cd rom as the startup disk (which is visible) but it just keeps booting up to the Mac os.

Am I missing something? I'm familiar with Macs, but have never installed Linux on one before.

Oh...Yes, I can open the disk up and explore it on the mac.

Thanks,

Tim
You have to hold down the C key to boot off of a non-Apple o/s CD.

And then the memory is ok but the system would work nicely with 128MB.

I used to sell PowerPC's and PowerMac's when I lived in Texas.

As for the hard disk, you can put a 40gb in there and the system bus will see it.

Then I would zap the pram before installing Debian.

Some versions of Linux required that you do some manual disk editing before installing, but I think Sarge is the new breed and doesn't need that to be done. The doc's at debian.org and on the CD should tell you more than this post box will allow me to tell you.
 
Old 04-06-2005, 02:52 AM   #3
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Isn't the PowerMac 5400/180 an old world mac?

In which case you might not be able to boot directly into linux, but boot into MacOS (can be a small 50Mb system partition) first and then it uses a control panel/extension to boot into linux.

It was a few years ago (3-4) when i tried this so things might have changed since then.
 
Old 04-06-2005, 11:12 AM   #4
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Isn't the PowerMac 5400/180 an old world mac?

In which case you might not be able to boot directly into linux, but boot into MacOS (can be a small 50Mb system partition) first and then it uses a control panel/extension to boot into linux.

It was a few years ago (3-4) when i tried this so things might have changed since then.

Yes, you are right. It's an old world machine and won't boot up from a Linux install disk. After I posted this question, I found out you have to use Bootx. I"ve downloaded it and gotten Stuffit for Linux (so I can unpack it). I'm working on it but the instructions appear to be missing something somewhere.

That's ok. I know someone who can help me get this set up.

THanks anyway,

TIm
 
  


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