2.6.8 kernel seems to have b0rked my iMac.
I'm trying to install debian-powerpc on an iMac 233 MHz/B. I'm trying
to get it up to a 2.6 kernel so I can install a D-Link DWL-122 USB
wireless adapter, but that's a whole different kettle o' fish.
The story so far: I used the first disk of Debian powerpc Woodyr0 to
install the base system with kernel 2.4.18. No real problems there.
Used tasksel to create a desktop environment with development ('cause I
know I'm going to have to compile things later, but this thing is being
set up basically as a web surfing box).
I followed the instructions at
http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/reference/ch-woody.en.html to first
fill in stable, then upgrade to testing. All good, although KDE had
some icon problems after upgrading from 2.2.2 to 3.2.2.
Logged into KDE as root, ran synaptic, and installed
kernel-image-2.6.8-powerpc, kernel-headers-2.6.8, and
kernel-source-2.6.8. Everything seemed to go fine. I added
initrd=/initrd.img to the boot section of yaboot.conf (as seemed to be
required for the 2.6 kernel), ran ybin, and rebooted.
The system boots okay, but I noticed in the bootup that there were a
variety of error messages when trying to initialize hardware,
specifically eth0. (something about SIOC or similar, it went by too
quickly to write down). The system booted into kdm just fine, but the
keyboard and mouse do not seem to work. I *think* that the box is not
actually hung, because the cursor in the login userid box is blinking.
If I had to guess, I'd say that all the hardware support somehow got
omitted or messed up with the kernel upgrade, but I don't know how to
prevent/fix that. I'm not even sure how to fix _this_ problem, other
than booting off of disc 1 of Sarge and hoping I can mount / enough to
hack yaboot.conf and the symlinks.
Can anyone direct me to a *current* guide to upgrading from 2.4 to a
2.6.8 kernel on this kind of iMac? Thanks.
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