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PowerMac beige G3 - test of [Re: G3 (or other non-altivec machines) testers sought]

On Jan 14, 2007, at 5:08 PM, Sjoerd Simons wrote:

The best hint to what the problem might be seems to indicate there is
  an issue in the libvisual altivec detection code[0]..

I installed on my "beige G3" PowerMac (OldWorld) test machine. I used the latest d-i netinst CD dated 2007 Jan 21 09:10:17 UTC, downloaded from http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/daily-builds/sid_d- i/20070121-1/powerpc/iso-cd/

I did a default install. When it came to running "tasksel" I chose the "desktop" and "standard" tasks. It installed everything pretty much as expected except that it wound up in a red screen saying:

	[!!] Configure gnome-applets
		Installation step failed
	An installation step failed.
	The failing step is: Select and install software.

I continued anyway and allowed it to reboot, which went pretty much as expected.

After the reboot, I tried to log into Gnome. It behaved as described in bug#404876 (popup telling of a problem loading "OAFID:GNOME_MixerApplet", and the screen went all wiggly.)

I then followed Sjoerd's instructions for testing.

0: Install gstreamer
	no problem.

1: rm ~/.gstreamer-0.10/registry.*.xml
	That directory didn't exist.  So there was nothing to remove.

   gst-launch-0.10 --gst-disable-registry-fork
	crashed with "illegal instruction"

2b: installed the kernel from SID.
	gst-launch... still gave "illegal instruction"

downloaded and installed libvisual-0.4-0_0.4.0-1.0.1_powerpc.deb from sjoerd's directory. got "ERROR: pipeline could not be constructed: empty pipeline not allowed."
        I assume this is the "right" answer?

Then I logged out and logged back in again to Gnome. No more wiggles. So that fixes the problem, whatever it was.



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