Subject: installation-reports: After install on external firewire, display hosed and can't boot into Mac OS X
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-- Package-specific info:
Boot method: CD
Date: <8 March 2011 AM>
Machine: Apple Dual USB iBook (500 Mhz 384MB + Western Digital 80GB external Firewire)
Partitions: <df -Tl will do; the raw partition table is preferred>
# type name length base ( size ) system
/dev/sda1 Apple_partition_map Apple 63 @ 1 ( 31.5k) Partition map
/dev/sda2 Apple_Bootstrap untitled 1954 @ 64 (977.0k) NewWorld bootblock
/dev/sda3 Apple_UNIX_SVR2 untitled 154054688 @ 2018 ( 73.5G) Linux native
/dev/sda4 Apple_UNIX_SVR2 swap 2244733 @ 154056706 ( 1.1G) Linux swap
/dev/sda5 Apple_Free Extra 49 @ 156301439 ( 24.5k) Free space
Block size=512, Number of Blocks=156301488
# type name length base ( size ) system
/dev/hda1 Apple_partition_map Apple 63 @ 1 ( 31.5k) Partition map
/dev/hda2 Apple_Driver_ATA Macintosh 64 @ 64 ( 32.0k) Unknown
/dev/hda3 Apple_Driver_ATA Macintosh 64 @ 128 ( 32.0k) Unknown
/dev/hda4 Apple_Patches Patch Partition 512 @ 192 (256.0k) Unknown
/dev/hda5 Apple_HFS MacOS 19640166 @ 704 ( 9.4G) HFS
/dev/hda6 Apple_Free 10 @ 19640870 ( 5.0k) Free space
Block size=512, Number of Blocks=19640880
1: @ 64 for 21, type=0x701
2: @ 128 for 34, type=0xf8ff
Filesystem Type 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda3 ext3 75818104 15353648 56613092 22% /
tmpfs tmpfs 191572 0 191572 0% /lib/init/rw
udev tmpfs 186592 164 186428 1% /dev
tmpfs tmpfs 191572 0 191572 0% /dev/shm
Base System Installation Checklist:
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it
Initial boot: [O]
Detect network card: [O]
Configure network: [O]
Detect CD: [O]
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives: [O]
Partition hard drives: [O]
Install base system: [O]
Clock/timezone setup: [O]
User/password setup: [O]
Install tasks: [O]
Install boot loader: [E]
Overall install: [E]
I chose Debian because it still supports PPC. Kudos for that. I tested
my computer before starting the installation, and noted that by holding the "t"
key down during startup, it would try to boot from the firewire port.
During the "Partition hard drives", I instructed the installer to use the whole
Firewire Disk, and to leave the internal drive untouched. Everything went smoothly
until it was time to reboot.
I held down the "t" key and started the computer. All that happened was I saw the
same firewire symbol that I saw before the install.
I restarted the computer and got a dialog offering the choices "old" and "Linux". I
chose "old". The computer seemed to hang at the grey screen with the Apple logo. After
5 minutes I pulled the plug and restarted. This time I chose "Linux".
The computer seemed to boot, and after a short while I got a quarter inch wide
horizontal grey stripe an inch and a half from the bottom of the screen. I recall
reading about something like that when investigation the various distributions.
Because my intention was to create a server, I had configured the machine for ssh.
I was able to log in via ssh, which is how I am able to send you this report.
Thoughts, comments, etc.
"The operation was a success; unfortunately, the patient died!"
1) I had expected the installer to leave my internal hard drive untouched, and to
install a boot partition on the firewire drive. I had expected to boot into Debian
by holding down the "t" key during startup, similar to how I held down the "c" key
to boot from the Debian installer CD. I am not an fdisk guru, but it seems to me
that there is a bootblock on the external drive, but no longer a bootblock on the
2) I have no idea why the hold down the "t" thing doesn't work.
3) The grey striped display thing is why I labeled the severity: important. If I
had not configured ssh during the install, the install would have been a total fail.
4) In addition to the grey stripe, I don't know how to dim or turn off the display.
It doesn't turn off when I close the lid, and it hasn't gone to sleep yet after 36 hours.
Interesting note: I just tried using the F1 key, which is supposed to dim the screen.
A 3.5" H x 7.75" W tan box appeared. The bottom left corner of the box is 1.5" from the
bottom and flush with the left edge. I hope this doesn't burn a permanent strip (and box)
onto the display.
5) My previous Linux experience is CentOS, which uses RPM. Aptitude is interesting.
install on CentOS. I ran into a number of problems on Debian until I became aware that
the system had no development tools. Cut to the chase: rtorrent is up and running.
Finally, a little story just to let you know how clueless I am. I started using computers
in high school in 1965. I bought an Apple ][+ in 1980, and a Mac 128k in 1984. I bought
this iBook for my daughter in 2001. I got it as a hand-me-down when my daugher bought a
PowerBook. She has since moved on to a MacBook Pro.
Two years ago, the return (enter) key stopped working. You can not log on to Mac OS X
without using the enter key. So for the past two years I have used a Dell keyboard via a
PS/2 to USB converter just so I could use the enter key.
It wasn't until last Saturday that I realized that the iBook keyboard has TWO enter keys,
and the one to the right of the CMD key still works just fine!
Clueless. It's possible that I overlooked something during the install.
Please make sure that the hardware-summary log file, and any other
installation logs that you think would be useful are attached to this
report. Please compress large files using gzip.
-- System Information:
Debian Release: 6.0
APT prefers squeeze-updates
APT policy: (500, 'squeeze-updates'), (500, 'stable')
Architecture: powerpc (ppc)
Kernel: Linux 2.6.32-5-powerpc
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash