Re: Correct Linux Kernel for Sonnet G4 in PowerMac 7500 with Sarge?
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Hello at Debian,
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.
I noticed that this alters with the monitor settings of MacOS. It
might help to change the color depth in MacOS.
The monitor has the power light begin flashing, so I don't think
that the problem is waiting for
to start; I think the kernel isn't loading.
I used a 8500 PMac with kernel 2.4 and a sonnet 450MHz G3 with 512kb
L2 cache. A kernel 2.6 has worked but I missed the video-in support.
One or two things might go wrong. Out-of-the-box sarge 2.6 kernel
might have things compiled in that don't work on OldWorld Macs.
Compile your own or use a special one from ppckernels.org.
The other thing are l2/l3 caches. I had a PowerMac 9500 that could
not cold boot the 400MHz G3 card but it does with a restart. I think
that might be a cache problem. I had run the 8500 Mac for quit some
time without the l2 cache enabled. I found out later how to set it.
It's about an upgrade g3 but it might get you on the track: http://
This might sound strange, but I set up the OW Macs with a woody
installer. The old one I have does install debian stable ;-) This
always worked in case of a problem with the installer. I think etch
has a kernel 2.4. That might be another point to start and build a
kernel 2.6 that works, before switching to sarge.
I was really hoping ot hear from one of the people who assured me
they had used Sonnet
cards with Debian; if you're out there (John Schmidt, Peter Rooney,
Ralf Saalmüller), please
give a shout-out.
YES I USE A SONNET G3 CARD WITH DEBIAN.
Is that shout-out loud enough? ;-)
Hop you get it somehow,
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