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Re: Correct Linux Kernel for Sonnet G4 in PowerMac 7500 with Sarge?

--- Jeffrey Rolland <jrolland@wiremail.org> wrote:

> Hello, all!
> I just upgraded my old Power Macintosh 7500 to have
> a Sonnet Crescendo/PCI G4 
> Processor Upgrade Card. The Mac was a dual boot Mac
> OS 8.6 / Debian Linux "Sarge" box. 
> The problem is Debian won't boot at all; I just get
> a black screen. I have BootX set up to load 
> a 2.6.8 kernel (overwrote the exact name of the
> kernel); I'm guessing that the kernel is the 
> problem. It probably only works for a 601 processor.

have you tried the default kernel from sarge ??? that
is on the sarge install cd. there were 2.4 and 2.6

otherwise, I would suggest ydl2.0 for a rescue disk.
(the entire distro fit on 1 cd the last time it did
and the mac hardware support is very good)

i have not tried your particular configuration but
i have had "black screen" on a couple older machines
and this was part of my procedure and i did get etch
going eventually.

however, one old 8500 i had to turn up the bright and
contrast all the way and then could barely still
see the console at night with all the lights out.
however(2) once Xwindows started it was fine.

assuming that this card is compatible with linux (i
have no idea) you could really use a decent video 
card and ide controller (or something) with the g4 ...

you may have better luck with osX, xpostfacto, and 
fink (debian ports to osX), or opendarwin or

i have a bunch of old macs but even without upgrade
cards i would say you have to be really determined
to work on them. it has rewards but it is hard work.
also takes a lot of patience you cannot be in so
much of a hurry upgrading three things at once !
(make that 6 things since 601 to g4 is three already)


> I had the guy throw out the 601 processor, so going
> back temporarily isn't an option. I am 
> having a devil of a time getting the Old World Mac
> booted to use the Etch Install CD. (I am 
> really interested in upgrading to Etch. There is
> nothing on the Linux parition I care about 
> saving.) Floppy booting doesn't work, probably
> because of the Sonnet Extension. Etch 
> doesn't include Ramdisk/Kernel images to use with
> BootX.
> >From my previous posting on 10/29/2006, it appears
> that people have had success booting 
> into Sarge with a Sonnet card. So, if someone would
> post with a kernel that allows me to boot 
> into Sarge with the Sonnet card and from where to
> download the kernel, I should be able to 
> handle upgrading to Etch by myself at that point.
> Thank you in advance for any assistance you can
> provide.
> Sincerely,
> -- 
> Jeffrey Rolland
> <jrolland@wiremail.org>
> "The weed of crime bears bitter fruit; crime does
> NOT pay! The Shadow knows!"
>    - _The Shadow_
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