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Re: Cannot install base system on Quadra 700

On Fri, Jan 31, 2003 at 08:15:46AM -0500, Bryan Kattwinkel wrote:
> I'm trying to install Debian 2.2 on a Mac Quadra 700 using the 
> instructions found on linux-m68k.org. Each time I get to the Install Base 
> System step (using base2_2.tgz on the Mac partition), it shows a "please 
> wait" message for a few minutes, the display goes mostly blank for about 
> a minute, a message flashes on the screen, and is immediately covered by 
> the installer window, still at the Install Base System step. Attempts to 
> force it forward to the Configure Base System step result in a message 
> that the base system is not installed, and inspecting with the shell 
> shows the root disk has directories but key files are not there.
> I've re-downloaded base2.2.tgz in case it had been bad; no dice. I 
> replaced Penguin 18.1 which came in the macinstall.tgz package with 
> Penguin 19 which I already had from the test boot process. The Quadra 700 
> has 68M RAM, 1280M hard drive, onboard ethernet and video. Partitions are 
> 136M swqp, 1000M root, and 108M HFS. I'm not using a CD-ROM and have 
> found I need to restart the Quadra if I have used its Ethernet in Mac OS 
> (7.1 update 3) before booting with Penguin.

Sounds like it's segfaulting. You can see error messages with Ctrl-F3.

One idea, did you start MacOS with the Shift key held down to prevent
extensions from loading? Running extensions can cause havoc with Linux.

Another idea, take a look at the Debian installation manual


"The way the Romans made sure their bridges worked is what 
we should do with software engineers. They put the designer 
under the bridge, and then they marched over it." 
-- Lawrence Bernstein, Discover, Feb 2003

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