struggling with debian instalation on 12.1" ibook
Well, let me first thank you guys. I have been struggling installing
debian on a 12.1" ibook with firewire 400 and usb2.0
Problems encountered and solved so far
Problem: Debian install discs would not boot (I read that you guys have
a new cd, but the link I looked at was broken)
Solution: Created a hfs partition on which I put four files, yaboot,
yaboot.conf, root.bin and linux.bin
Problem: Debian instalation failed to detect a harddrive to install on.
Solution: Kernel didn't have ata100 drivers built in, got one of benh's
kernels and replaced linux.bin with it
Problem: Base instalation went in but yaboot will not install. Thus the
instalation won't boot.
Solution: Use the yaboot command "boot: hd:6,yaboot root=/dev/hdc4 ro"
This boots off the hfs partition
Problem: Yaboot command doesn't work, gives the following error
"boot:6,/vmlinux: Unable to open file, Invalid device. I also tried
copying linux.bin to vmlinux on the hfs partition. This yeiled the same
Solution: Add another boot option to the yaboot.conf on the hfs
partition. Boot option is as follows
Problem: X won't work, failed to detect my Radeon Moblility,
Solution: I think this is a common problem, and thus there should be
documentation on a solution on one of the lists, a link would be much
Problem: Still can't boot the instalation without going through yaboot.
Solution: Transfer/Download the kernel used to install the system into
boot and point /vmlinux at it
Problem: Instalation kernel doesn't support mounting hfs partitions
Solution: Build new 2.4 kernel that can
Problem: I have no clue what some of those checkboxes do
Solution: I could use a working kernel config for a linux 2.4.24 12.1
ibook with 400 and 2 usb 2.0
Problem: The kernel I did build doesn't work, halfway through the boot
process the screen goes black, the sleep light flashes and the computer
stops. Doesn't turn off, just stops
Solution: Email firstname.lastname@example.org?