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Re: Kernel hangs during boot on PowerBook G4 17 1GHz

On Dec 11, 2003, at 1:03 AM, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:

	Thanks for taking the time to reply.  Yes, you nailed it; an
nVidia-based 17" albook. I briefly got past the issue I had posted and
experienced three different types of segmentation faults and weird
hangs.  Is there another kernel version I should try, or am I doomed
with this unit?
	This particular PowerBook model seems to be a collage of the worst of
Apple's hardware configurations when it comes to trying to run Linux.
Does anybody have a recommendation on Apple laptops within the last two
years that are kind of the most suitable for running Debian?

Try what I did, that is boot with "nol3" on the kernel command line.
The best powerbook to run linux on currently are the previous models,
the 1Ghz Titanium with ATI graphics (not the newest ones).

I have one of the new iBook G4s on loan from Apple for a couple of weeks, I'll see if I can get full support for this one as well. Full support for the newest 15 and 17" machines will require some help from ATI; but there
is hope (for sleep support). There is currently no hope getting sleep
support to work on any nVidia based model.


I just looked on Apple's site and apparently the first 17" PowerBooks are the only ones with the L3 cache; they have gone back to 512K SRAM L2 cache on the current 17s. It may not be worth it. I am seriously considering selling this system.

Barry C. Hawkins
All Things Computed
site: www.allthingscomputed.com
weblog: www.yepthatsme.com

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