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Current and stable etch debian-installer ISOs fail to boot PowerMac G5


I'm trying to install Debian testing on a PowerMac G5 (dual 2GHz processors). From the boot screen I have tried

  install64 video=ofonly

These start the boot process which leaves some OF text on the screen (black on white) and overwrites it with the following in a white IBM- like font on a black background:

Found initrd at 0xc00...1736
trying to initialize btext ...

MM Init

MM Init Done

Setup Arch

... and at this point the box freezes. After a short time the fan comes on.

The display adaptor is a PCI nVidia GeForce 6600; other details just ask.
犬 Chris Burdess
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