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Bug#409716: Successful base-install on Mac Cube 450

Package: installation-reports

Boot method: <Hard disk>
Image version: <21 January 2007, 108MB minimal install from debian.yorku.ca/debian-cd/current/powerpc/iso-cd/debian-31r4-powerpc- businesscard.iso>
Date: <Afternoon EST, 4 February 2007>

Machine: <Apple Mac Cube 450>
Processor: 450MHz 'G4' PPC
Memory: 320MB
1 Apple_partition_map Apple 63@1
2 Apple_Bootstrap bootstrap 1640@32097856
3 Apple_Driver_ATA*Macintosh 64@64
4 Apple_Driver_ATA*Macintosh 64@128
5 Apple_Patches Patch Partition 512@192
6 Apple_HFS Jobs_RDF 7255688@32099496 (3.5GB)
7 Apple_HFS "Wasssup!" 22088952@704 (10.5GB)
8 Apple_HFS swab 655360@22089656 ( 320.0MB)
9 Apple_UNIX_SVR2 home 7255688@22745016 ( 3.5GB)
10 Apple_UNIX_SVR2 / 2097152@30000704
11 Apple_UNIX_SVR2 swap 655360@39355184 ( 320.0MB)

Output of lspci and lspci -n:
0000:00:0b.0 Host bridge: Apple Computer Inc. UniNorth AGP
0000:00:10.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Rage 128 PF/PRO AGP 4x TMDS
0001:10:0b.0 Host bridge: Apple Computer Inc. UniNorth PCI
0001:10:17.0 ff00: Apple Computer Inc. KeyLargo Mac I/O (rev 03)
0001:10:18.0 USB Controller: Apple Computer Inc. KeyLargo USB
0001:10:19.0 USB Controller: Apple Computer Inc. KeyLargo USB
0001:10:1a.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments TSB12LV26 IEEE-1394 Controller (Link)
0002:20:0b.0 Host bridge: Apple Computer Inc. UniNorth Internal PCI
0002:20:0f.0 Ethernet controller: Apple Computer Inc. UniNorth GMAC (Sun GEM) (rev 01)

0000:00:0b.0 0600: 106b:0020
0000:00:10.0 0300: 1002:5046
0001:10:0b.0 0600: 106b:001f
0001:10:17.0 ff00: 106b:0022 (rev 03)
0001:10:18.0 0c03: 106b:0019
0001:10:19.0 0c03: 106b:0019
0001:10:1a.0 0c00: 104c:8020
0002:20:0b.0 0600: 106b:001e
0002:20:0f.0 0200: 106b:0021 (rev 01)

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]
Detect CD:              [O]
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives:     [O]
Partition hard drives:  [ ]
Create file systems:    [O]
Mount partitions:       [O]
Install base system:    [O]
Install boot loader:    [O]
Reboot:                 [O]


I expect I would have had an easier time if I hadn't earlier replaced the stock optical drive with an aftermarket Matsushita CW-8123 DVD-ROM CD-R/W. The device doesn't support boot from CD, driving me to the HD install.

In order to have a dual-boot system, I pre-partitioned the drive with pdisk in MacOS, carving off the top of the existing partition for Linux space. Unfortunately, I didn't have a copy of Hard Drive Toolkit or the like that was current for my HD (stock Maxtor 196B) to pack the data into the bottom of the partition so the MacOS install was partly corrupted, though
still bootable.
I carved off another 3.5GB partition (Jobs_RDF) and did a new install of MacOS 9.2.2 into it.

I copied the contents of the install CD into a smallish partiton 'swab', copied yaboot, yaboot.conf, vmlinux and initrd.gz to the root level of the file system and booted into yaboot from open firmware with 'boot ultra1:8,yaboot'. ultra1: (not hd:) was required because the Maxtor was the slave device on the IDE bus. From yaboot 'install video=ofonly netcfg/disable_dhcp=true' took me into the installer where I set my fixed IP settings for my local network and had the partitioner make ext3 filesystems in the / and 'home' partitions, make 'swap' swap space and
'bootstrap' the NewWorld bootstrap partition.
When downloading the rest of the install system, debian.yorku.ca failed on adduser, ftp.crc.ca even earlier and mirror.direct.ca and debian.kida.net did not answer at all. Eventually I went to ftp.debian.org (sorry). After that, everything went pretty much standard, except that my keyboard was frozen on the initial boot into the second stage installer (Mitsumi Electric Apple Extended USB Keyboard, problem hasn't reoccured)

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