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Re: Installing on a Dual CPU G5 Powermac?

On Mon, Dec 20, 2004 at 10:45:49PM -0800, shyamal wrote:
>     "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"

smp -> symetric multi processing, up -> uniprocessing. And yes it is the plain
-power4 one.

> 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
> thing.
> 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?

Please fill a bug report against the power4 kernel-image package.


Sven Luther

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