Package: installation-reports Debian-installer-version: RC1 floppies from http://people.debian.org/~luther/d-i/images/2004-09-30/ uname -a: didn't get that far Date: earlier this afternoon (18 November 2004) Method: I tried several boot floppies and also netbooting; none worked. The woody floppies, NetBSD floppies and NetBSD netboot images all booted successfully on this machine so the hardware should be okay. Machine: Apple Powermac 9600 Processor: PowerPC Memory: 64MB Root Device: 4GB SCSI Root Size/partition table: N/A Output of lspci and lspci -n: N/A Base System Installation Checklist: [O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it Initial boot worked: [E] Configure network HW: [ ] Config network: [ ] Detect CD: [ ] Load installer modules: [ ] Detect hard drives: [ ] Partition hard drives: [ ] Create file systems: [ ] Mount partitions: [ ] Install base system: [ ] Install boot loader: [ ] Reboot: [ ] Comments/Problems: The 2.6 boot floppies (boot.img and ofonlyboot.img) didn't work at all. I got a penguin with mac on the screen, it read in the floppy for a while, and then hung. The 2.4 ofonlyboot.img failed in much the same way, but ejected the floppy from the drive first. There was no output on the screen or the serial console. The 2.4 boot.img actually booted the kernel (saw a penguin at the top of the screen, scrolling messages, prompted me for the root filesystem and loaded it properly), but the screen went blank when the installer switched to framebuffer mode. I couldn't work out how to pass any kernel parameters to disable the framebuffer to see if it would get any further without it. I also tried net-booting with http://people.debian.org/~luther/d-i/images/daily/powerpc/netboot/vmlinuz-coff.initrd but got on error saying "DEFAULT CATCH!" and was returned to the Open Firmware console. One thing that I noticed after all of these attempts was that the CMOS battery was dead and the system clock was set to something historical. I've replaced the battery but the clock is still wrong because I couldn't work out how to change it without having a working operating system installed first. I'm not sure if this is relevant. Cheers, Cameron.
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