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Old 08-10-2018, 07:45 PM   #1
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Help!! Problems With iMac G5 and Lubuntu 16.04 LTS

Hi, i'm new to this forum. I am new to linux as well. Here is what happened with my iMac G5 PPC:

I have a 2004-2006 iMac G5 with a PPC processor. I had it running on Mac OS X 10.5.8 for a while until it reported a fatal error saying the hard drive failed. Earlier before that i noticed the symptoms like when I left it on sleep mode, it wouldn't wake up so I had to shut it down and restart it. later I opened disk utility to make sure everything was all right. That's when it said in red letters: 'your hard drive has reported a fatal error. please back up your files as soon as possible.' And then it never booted Mac OS X again. I decided to try running Linux on it after it's hard drive got replaced. First I tried Ubuntu MATE and then I tried Xubuntu and then Lubuntu. I found out Lubuntu was the right fit for me. It seemed quite slow, though it was an old computer. Then I found out the real problem why it was slow: When I was trying out my 101 Linux distros I didn't notice that I forgot to untick the box saying to 'make a partition between operating systems.' I found out I had a lot of partitions with all my operating systems so I deleted them all and left only the ones I needed. Later after that when I shut it down one time, it wouldn't boot again. When I tried to boot it, it would ask me to press L for linux like any other time then it would say it was booting linux. Then it said 'Please wait, loading kernelů' like normal but it never loaded. It would just sit there saying that and then it's fans would rev up to full speed. That's all it would do. If anybody knows what this means or how to fix this, that would be much appreciated.

Thank you for your time!

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I don't have any iMac's myself and don't have experience with Apple hardware. But from what you're saying, you did have Linux working at some point and then it just stopped working? Did you do any updates or similar when it was working? Are you saying you now just get a blank screen upon trying to boot the Linux install? Have you had any other hardware problems/failures?

I would try a "live" system and check the status of the Linux install you have on it's hard drive. This could tell you at least a couple of things;

* If the partitions and filesystem(s) for your Linux install are still there.
* If the "live" system does boot up, then it's likely that it's a software problem rather than a hardware problem.

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Thanks for the help! I will try a system check. As for the updating, I got a message (before it wouldn't boot obviosly), saying there was and update available so I installed it but to be honsest, I can't actaully remebmeber what it updated from. What I do remember is that it's current version was 16.04 LTS before it died. This booting problem has happened more then once so I just reinstall the operating system but this time I have a important file that I need. I would also like to see it working again anyway because updating it took a heck of a long time.

By the way, does anybody know how to run a "live" system check?

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By the way, does anybody know how to run a "live" system check?
it means to boot the computer from a live medium (usb stick, cd etc.), leaving the internal hard drive untouched, then running various system checks, particularly on the (now unmounted and unused) hard drive.
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thanks, I will try that.


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