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Bug#420027: Can't install Debian 4.0r0 on Power Mac G5; keyboard unresponsive in OpenFirmware

Package: installation-reports

Boot method: DVD
Image version: debian-40r0-powerpc-DVD-1.iso.torrent (from http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/4.0_r0/powerpc/bt-dvd/)
Date: April 19, 2007; 11:00 AM EDT

Machine: Power Mac G5 Dual 1.8
Processor: Dual 1.8 GHz G5 PPC
Memory: 1.5 GB
Partitions: (unavailable - never made it out of OpenFirmware)

Output of lspci -nn and lspci -vnn:
 (unavailable - never made it out of OpenFirmware)

Base System Installation Checklist:
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it

Initial boot:           [E]
Detect network card:    [ ]
Configure network:      [ ]
Detect CD:              [ ]
Load installer modules: [ ]
Detect hard drives:     [ ]
Partition hard drives:  [ ]
Install base system:    [ ]
Clock/timezone setup:   [ ]
User/password setup:    [ ]
Install tasks:          [ ]
Install boot loader:    [ ]
Overall install:        [ ]


Held down option key at startup to select the Debian install DVD as the boot volume.  Got to the black-and-white greet screen and typed "install".  Went to a white screen telling me to type "mac-boot" to continue or "shut-down" to shutdown, and "Release key to continue".  Couldn't type anything at this point, even after switching from third-party (MacAlly) USB keyboard to default Apple USB keyboard.  Had to shutdown with power switch.

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