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Re: Want to install lenny on older Powerbook G4 mac

Thank you so much Rogerio for the response.

Just to clarify about the router:
- I have access to a wireless router, but not to the physical device,
   hence no wired internet access.
- I have two Windows computers that can connect to the wireless router,
   which uses the WPA protocol.
   Machine A is a Windows Vista notebook computer, and I do not have
   administrator access to it.
   Machine B is a Windows 7 notebook computer, and I have full access to it.

It would be really great if I could find out how to
use the Window 7 computer's [Dell D510] wireless internet connection,
along with that computer's wired ethernet connection (RJ-45)
to share the internet connection to the Powerbook.

I have found many sources that will tell me how to use a Powerbook
as the primary internet connection, and then pass it the direction I don't need to,
to the Dell.

Every time I need to put software on the Powerbook I need to
sneaker-net it across using a USB flash drive.

If I installed Jingo-lite it would be using Mac OS X 10.2,
so I am avoiding installation of any more Mac(compatible) software.

I think I will download the Lenny DVD (should only take 8 hours or so),
and see if that will boot.

By the way,
once I get lenny installed,
will I be able to use the Powerbook's wireless connection with my
wireless router (the WPA connection)?

Thanks again for your help,

On Saturday, May 16, 2009, at 04:00PM, "Rogério Brito" <rbrito@ime.usp.br> wrote:
>On May 16 2009, Mark Hoff wrote:
>> I am trying to install Debian Linux version 5 (lenny) on an old G4
>> Powerbook (Titanium, 1GB memory, 667Mhz cpu, Machine model version
>> 2.1) that is running Mac OS X 10.2.
>This is great. I wish I had one of those. :-)
>> Some of my constraints:
>> 1) It is not possible at this time to upgrade to a more recent version
>> of OS X.
>This is an excellent example of why Free Software doesn't let you down
>when you need to get things working, letting you run the latest and
>greatest software as you wish, in general.
>> 2) I do not have a wired internet connection from this Mac.
>> 3) The only WIFI access is to a WPA connection (no control over the router either).
>> More Background:
>> a) The mac software works just fine (just no internet access due to above).
>Does the fact that you have Mac OS X working but no internet connection
>mean that you don't have wired connection *nor* wifi connection, despite
>having a router?
>The situation isn't clear here.
>> b) I do have internet access to the wireless router from two other machines:
>>    - Windows Vista notebook PC (but no Administrator access on this computer)
>>    - Windows 7 notebook PC (full access to this computer)
>> What I have tried so far:
>> 1) Downloaded Net Boot CD iso image (from debian.org) and burned a CD with it.
>>      The install went just fine, until it found several deb files that were 'corrupt'.
>>      So I downloaded fresh copies of them off the debian web site.
>>      I just don't know how to integrate them into the install process.
>You can try to "merge" them both with the jigdo-lite program.
>> 2) Downloaded the first CD iso image from
>>    [ http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/5.0.1/powerpc/iso-cd/ ].
>>      Then I burned this CD using the same computer and software as above
>>      (IsoBuster on a Windows XP machine that has no internet access).
>>     That CD would not boot on my Powerbook - it has a 'read error'
>>    when trying to load the kernel.
>I sincerely have no idea how to use Windows and I can't help you here. :-(
>> What can I do to get Linux installed on my Powerbook?
>The problem is that you don't have a network connection. Otherwise, you
>could do a "medium-less" installation of the distribution, as documented
>in, say, Branden Robinson's ibook installation page. :-/
>I would guess that you could try again with burning another CD (this
>time, using MacOS X, if possible), so that you know that the powerbook
>can read it latter (test the burn, either way).
>And before installing, whatever is the situation (burning the CD on
>another computer or not), use Disk Utilities to see if you can read the
>whole CD as an ISO image and compare the md5sum against what is in the
>Hope this sheds a bit of light, Rogério.
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