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Re: Can an iMac 24" with Core2 Duo run Debian AMD64?

I have successfully used debian-mac-8.7.1-amd64-netinst.iso to install a 64-bit OS on a Mac mini 2,1, which also has a 64-bit capable Core 2 Duo and a 32bit EFI.
Perhaps a current debian-mac-x.x.x-amd64-netinst.iso from http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/release/current/amd64/iso-cd/ will also work on an iMac with similar issues.
If I remember correctly it installed GRUB, but I later switched to rEFInd.

The wiki page for the Intel Mac mini might be of interest: https://wiki.debian.org/MacMiniIntel#Macmini_2.2C1

On Mon, Nov 6, 2017 at 4:52 PM, Robert Goley <ragoley@rdasys.com> wrote:
Yes it can but you have to install differently.  That series of mac has some different 32bit/64 bit EFI type issues.  It is best to use a regular non EFI installer to install Linux on it.  I had a macbook with the same type of issue.  The error you pasted is exactly the same one I encountered when installers started incorporating the EFI installers.  I no longer have that hardware so haven't done an install in some time so I can't tell you where/ how to get an installer without EFI enabled.  Worst case, you could do a minimal install of an older version and then dist-upgrade to the latest version.  You could also do a chroot install from a bootable livecd.  You should be able to find an installer with EFI disabled though.  

On Mon, Nov 6, 2017 at 10:40 AM, Steven Grunza <steven.grunza@gmail.com> wrote:
I tried booting Debian 9.2.0 live netinstall and live.

Both started up and gave a black screen with white writing and then a screen similar to:


Select CD-ROM Boot Type :_

Nothing I did on the attached USB keyboard had any affect, nor did anything I did with the mouse.

I received the machine from someone that upgraded to a newer machine.  The hard drive was mostly wiped clean and Apple no longer supports the over-the-network install.

My hope was to replace an iMac G5 (running Xubuntu) with this machine since the G5 is so incredibly slow (radeon driver issues most likely).

Any suggestions on how to get the machine running x86_64 would be welcome - I'm hoping to be able to build Android and Android apps on the machine so it needs to be 64-bit.

Steven G.


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