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Re: Installing on a Dual CPU G5 Powermac?

    "Sven" == Sven Luther <sven.luther@wanadoo.fr> writes:

    >> Is it possible to install/run Debian on a PowerMac G5 (two 2.0
    >> Ghz CPUs)?

    Sven> You use the up kernel, and then install the smp kernel by
    Sven> hand after the reboot.

Please excuse the ignorance, but I don't seem to know what the "up"
kernel is. Is this the standard *-power4 kernel in d-i, or do I need
to get them onto my hard disk from some place. (I have many years
(10+) installing Linux on i386 but perhaps I've jumped in too deep
with a dual G5 for my first powerpc experience?)

I used the d-i business card ISO from Dec 19, 2004. This CD boots a G4
laptop just fine using the default kernel (do nothing, or hit return
at the return at the boot prompt). For various reasons I can't
actually install on the G4 laptop (for now anyway).

On using the CD on the Dual CPU G5 I see the following text on the
screen after choosing 'install-power4' at the boot: prompt

... ok
opening display /pci@0,f0000000/NVDA,Parent@10/NVDA,Display-A@0...ok
copying OF device tree...done
starting cpu /cpus/PowerPC,G5...failed: 00000000
Initializing fake screen: NVDA,Display-B
Calling quiesce...
returning 0x014000000 from prom_init

and then hangs in the while screen (and the fans get real lound after
a while :-) I suspect this means I should boot with an smp kernel??

If I boot with 'install-power4 video=ofonly' I get exactly the same

If I use the default kernel (hit return at the the boot: prompt) I get
the follwing additional text 

Invalid memory access at   %SRR0: 00000000.01403b88   $SRR1: 10000000.00083030

Apple PowerMac7, BootROM built on 09/29/04 at 18:56:06
Copyright 1994-2004 Apple Computer, Inc.
All Rights Reserved

Wlecome to Open Firmware, the system time and date is 06:35:59 12/21/2004

To continue booting, type "mac-boot" and press return
To shut down, type "shut-down" and press return

Release keys to continue!

and it hangs there. 

I'm about ready to write a d-i report about this, but I thought I
should check first if I'm doing something really stupid.....does this
sound familiar?


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