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Re: Netinstall grief on iMac G5

Hi Hans,

I've had email with someone else with a similar setup to mine (iMac G5, Revision A) -- he said the 3.1 install CD is known to be broken on this hardware. So I'll see if there's a bug on file about it and file one if not. As you say, it appears the specific CD driver needed is probably not included.

Cheers,  Mike.

On Mon, Mar 05, 2007 at 07:01:45PM +0930, Mike Hore wrote:
I wrote:
I wrote:
Now to work out what CD driver package I should be using...
I'm still stuck at this point. My iMac G5 has its CD-ROM drive on the ATA bus. What am I supposed to do when the installer asks me what driver to use?

I really need some newbie-type step-by-step help on doing a netinstall -- like even when I get to the shell prompt, what do I do next to get, say, KDE installed?
The manual seems a bit unimformative.
I really need some help here.

The installer sets up my language, keyboard etc. It then says it can't detect a "common CD-ROM drive". I have no idea why it's trying to do this at this point, or why it can't detect the drive it's just booted off.

Linux didn't load linux from the CD into RAM. The bootloader did. For
Linux to be able to see the cdrom, it needs the proper cdrom modules.

 The manual doesn't mention this step, as far as I can tell.
Anyway it asks me if I want to install a driver on a floppy (which of course the iMac doesn't have), or do a netinstall. Well of course I'm TRYING to do a netinstall!!!

It was quite some time since I explored this, but I think the
netinstall flavour of debian-installer means:
1. Boot the installer from cd (or usb, or whatever your installation medium is)
2. load packages in "base" from cd
3. load all other packages from internet.

For step 2 to work, the cdrom-module Linux needs to read from your
CD-device must be available in the initrd, which is loaded into RAM by
the bootloader.

So to solve the issue, find out what the driver is needed and file a
bug-report that the driver is not included in the initrd.

It also says I can manually pick a driver from the /dev directory. On looking there, I don't see anything that looks like ATA.

(re)post this message on debian-boot if you haven't already. This "pick a
driver from /dev" is news to me, can't help you with that one.

         Mike Hore        mike_hore@aapt.net.au

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