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Success! (was: Problems with install on Power Mac G3 minitower)

I've finally got Linux installed on the G3 minitower, but had to cheat a
little. I eventually had to install using the serial port as the console
after booting with BootX. Any attempt to use the display as the console
would lock the machine up at varying places in the install.

I suspect the basic problem is that, since the on-board display in this
Mac has failed, I had to use the PCI display. Either the board is faulty
in some strange way (although it seems to work perfectly under MacOS),
or the driver in the stock woody kernel is buggy. It usually doesn't
take too long before the whole thing comes crashing down.

So, currently I can access the machine via the serial console or with
SSH. I'm now doing an upgrade to sarge, and then I'll try building
kernels and see what happens. There's still a couple of loose ends (like
finding out why quik doesn't work: I'm still using BootX, and why
networking stops periodically), but we're basically there.

Thank you to all who replied. I appreciate your help.


Ron Murray   (rjmx@rjmx.net)
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