Bug#321820: Installer problems on Baige PowerMac G3
Debian-installer-version: ? (I'm not by the machine right now)
uname -a: kernel 2.6.8, ? (I'm not by the machine right now)
Date: 7th Aug 2005
Method: I used BootX to boot the images/powerpc/netboot/vmlinuz and initrd.gz
kernel args was: video=atyfb:vmode:14,cmode:16
(1024x768 with 16 colors screen)
The actual install was downloaded from http://ftp.se.debian.org/...
Machine: PowerMac G3 (OldWorld - Gossamer)
Processor: PowerPC 750, 233 MHz, 512 KB l2-cache
Memory: 256 MB
Root Device: IDE (/dev/hda)
Planned partition table:
IDE1 master (hda) - 10.3 GB QUANTUM FIREBALLP LM10.2
#1 32.3 kB Apple
#2 64.0 MB | @ ext3 untitled /boot
#3 256.0 MB @ ext3 untitled /
#4 512.0 MB @ swap swap swap
#5 64.0 MB @ ext3 untitled /etc/tripwire
#6 512.0 MB @ ext3 untitled /tmp
#7 1.0 GB @ ext3 untitled /var
#8 2.0 GB @ ext3 untitled /usr
some FREE SPACE left
Output of lspci and lspci -n:
Base System Installation Checklist:
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it
Initial boot worked: [O]
Configure network HW: [O]
Config network: [O] (DHCP used OK)
Detect CD: [ ]
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives: [O]
Partition hard drives: [O] (I guess it was OK, never verified)
Create file systems: [O] (I guess it was OK, never verified)
Mount partitions: [O] (I guess it was OK, never verified)
Install base system: [O]
Install boot loader: [E] (Should use quik and no MacOS at all)
The main (and big) problem is that it isn't possible to switch to other consoles and
then switch back to the installer process. It is no problem to use <Command>-<F2> to
get the console prompt or <Command>-<F3> and <Command>-F4 to see the logs.
But when I would like to go back to the installation with <Command>-<F1>, I just
got a black screen. It seams that the "screen refresh" don't work. <CTRL>-L don't
I was running the default installer (I guess it is Newt). Is it curses or something
like that (the one with blue and read "text graphics")?
The second problem was that the installer says that quik don't accept /boot on it's
own partition. /boot has to be on the root (/).
But when I'm reading the following web page;
I see in the first example they have a separate /boot partition!
Why does the installer claim that I can't have a /boot partition?