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Re: Debian on new ibook dual USB: Net Install

On Tue, Aug 14, 2001 at 03:50:51PM -0700, Chris Tillman wrote:
> > [I posted this to debian-laptop a week ago, but got no reply. I hope you can
> > help me.]
> >
> > Hi,
> >
> > Saturday I tried to install Debian on my friend's brand new ibook.
> > I am experienced with debian on i368, but don't know about macs. Also,
> > I don't have any Debian CDs of the PPC build, so I tried a net install.
> > This all worked smoothly on a iMac. But I had some problems on the
> > new iBook dual USB:
> >
> > I booted the installation system that I downloaded from sourgeforge [1]
> > using yaboot, everyting went fine, till I tried to install the rest of
> > the system over the net. It claimed
> >
> > Unknown PHY ID (forgot the number).
> >
> > It seems, debian does not recognise the ethernet adapter of the ibook. Is
> > there a updated installation system? Do you have any other ideas,
> > how to install debian on a new iBook?
> >
> >
> > Thanks in advance,
> >
> > Matthias
> >
> > [1] http://sourceforge.net/projects/debian-imac/
> I put the debian-imac package together a few months ago (end of April to be
> precise). I don't remember seeing any changes to the 2.2.19 kernel in that
> time, which might incorporate your card. OTOH, in
> http://http.us.debian.org/debian/dists/potato/main/disks-powerpc/current/pow
> ermac/
> I see the linux kernel image is dated 10-Jul-2001 13:45
> so maybe it's more up to date. If just substituting that kernel solves the
> problem, let me know and I'll update the debian-imac archive.
> If not, and I suspect it won't, then perhaps the card is supported in the
> 2.4 series kernels (I read on this list that rsync'ing the benh kernel is
> the way to go.) Maybe you could build the kernel on the iMac, and transfer
> it to the iBook?
> Another line of attack might be using modprobe to determine what chip the
> card is using -- btw I'm way out of my league here. Perhaps someone else on
> the list has an idea.

scanpci or lspci would be more adequate here, but still, i guess using a 2.4.x
kernel would be an easier way to solve this, or maybe a newer 2.2.x, where the
driver has been back ported to.

modprobe is just used to add a module to the kernel, but for that you have to
know what modules it needs to be.


Sven Luther

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