Original iMac Flat-Panel and X
I feel unbelievably stupid for writing this, but I'm at the end of my
rope. Long-time linux user here, new to the ppc linux world. I've
always been a Debian fan, too, but debian-ppc is a whole 'nother ball
game it seems.
I have one of the original iMac flat-panel machines -- before the
17-inch even came out, which has the nVidia Geforce 2 and the 1024x768
flat panel screen with 32MB of video RAM, and I'm having one heck of a
time getting X to work.
First of all, on boot the framebuffer looks screwy to start with...tux
is all pink and green and gross looking. I try to install the rivafb
module, but it won't install for reasons unknown. When I try to get X
working (using the "nv" driver), I hose the fb so badly I have to ssh
in to reboot (pink and blue lines, nonsense changes in color). The
"fbdev" driver doesn't even find any screens.
I originally tried this on 3.0, now I've moved on to unstable and am
getting the same results. What gives? Any ideas?
As an interesting side note, even the YellowDog GUI installer doesn't
seem to work on this machine (garbled and with no v-hold). Is there
something still beta-quality in the rev1 iMac flat-panels? Yes, I
contemplated installing YD, but only to snatch their kernel config
since I have no idea what the kernel options are on ppc yet.
Anyway, I'm sure this is a question that comes up every fifteen minutes
or so, so apologies for wasting people's time if I'm being dumb. I
promise to help the next newbie out. :-)