Re: Problems installing on new iBook dual USB
In article <20010623190847.A10949@coalabs.com>,
email@example.com (Ron Golan) wrote:
> I didn't realize that getting Debian onto this iBook would be so
> difficult. I hope someone on this list has some clues to help
> me. First I have to ask if anyone knows of anyone installing Debian on
> one of these things?
Several people have installed debian on the new ibook. Learn to use
google: you could have gotten most of what I'm posting via
> My problems begin with the fact that I can't find any tools from Apple
> to repartition the disk. Neither the included Mac OS X CD or the
> Software Restore CD have HD Setup. What does Apple use these days to
> partition drives? I want to Dual boot Mac OS and Linux and thought it
> would be better to create the new Mac OS partitions with an Apple
http://www.cfcl.com/~eryk/linux/pdisk/ is pretty much the same as the
'mac-fdisk' built into the debian installer. There's no better partition
editor for the mac, on any OS.
> I can't even see yet how to use pdisk on the Debian CD because it
> doesn't boot. When booting holding down the c key, all I get is a pure
> white screen. I've tried net booting too. While using bootp, I get an
> "Unknown DHCP Request (8)" in the server's logs and when using dhcpd,
> I get "DHCPInform from ..." in the logs. Either way the iBook just
> sits there with the little earth flashing in the middle of the
You need to boot with OF video, as the potato (and probably the woody)
installer doesn't support the ati rage128 M3 chipset yet.
boot hd:XXX,yaboot video=ofonly
> Anyone know of any "hacked for iBook" Debian CDs? Other leads? One
> idea is to install Yellow Dog Linux and then start the Debian install
> from the previous YDL installation. There must be an easier way.
If we're lucky, woody (currently "testing") will support the iBook
(dual-USB). But debian tends toward stabilty rather than bleeding-edge
features, so owners of new hardware always have to struggle a bit.
Michael Blakeley firstname.lastname@example.org <http://www.blakeley.com/>
Performance Analysis for Internet Technologies