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Re: PowerBook 520c

"Erik C.J. Laan" wrote:
> Chris Tillman wrote:
> > On Sat, Apr 13, 2002 at 09:27:48AM +0100, Sacred Eagle wrote:
> > > Hello all!
> > > I just received an old Mac PowerBook 520c and I wonder if it is at all possible to install Debian on it?
> > > It doesn't have a CD device so have to make a floppy install. I've downloaded all the Debian (Potato) images (floppy) for PowerPC but I want to know if there is someone here who has done this before.Any advice/warnings before I make a go for it?
> >
> > According to my ancient Apple Spec chart, the 520c is a 68LC040 with a
> > maximum of 36MB memory and a 240MB or 320MB hard disk (does that take
> > you back or what? -- you could pay extra for an optional 80MB extra!).
> >
> > Anyway, potato would be a better choice for this machine, woody may be
> > too memory and disk intensive. But you need the m68k images, not
> > powerpc. You will need to leave MacOS on the machine, because m68k
> > can't boot on its own; so that means your hard drive will need to be
> > shared between a minimal MacOS and a minimal Linux. You'll need at
> > least 100MB for Linux, that's probably not enough for an X server
> > though.
> >
> > I'm forwarding to debian-68k to see if anyone else has comments.
> Because of the forwarding I cannot find the mail-address of the original
> author (Sacred Eagle), so I'm forwarding this to debian-powerpc too in
> the hope that he'll receive it.
> Congrats with the machine. There are a few hurdles to overcome with
> Powerbooks in general:
> 1)      The ADB (Apple Desktop Bus for keyboard and mouse) type of Powerbooks
> will only work with 2.4.x kernels. Get yours from
> linux-m68k.sourceforge.net.
> 2)      Linux/m68k has troubles with most  68LC040 processors Apple bought
> from Motorola because there's a bug in the CPU which prevents
> floating-point emulation from working. There have been some people on
> the linux-mac68k mailing list who wanted to recompile the complete
> potato base system with --msoft-float (?). I think one was called
> Matthew Eis. Please ask at linux-mac68k@mac.linux-m68k.org.
> 3)      Because debian potato and woody only have 2.2 kernels you'll maybe
> need to take a few extra steps. One I'm certain is manually installing
> 2.4 modules. Don't know of any other.
> Please don't be discouraged: the kernel-hackers and others at
> linux-mac68k@mac.linux-m68k.org would really love to hear how everything
> comes along.

Forgot to mention one thing: Linux-mac68k has no floppy support so
you'll have to copy everything to you MacOS disk or do a network install
Hope this helps, Erik
Erik C.J. Laan				elaan at dds.nl

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