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Re: debian lenny installation on an ibook g4 keeps freezing

Amit Uttamchandani a écrit :
On Thu, 18 Jun 2009 10:42:45 -0400
"Tomislav V. Butkovic" <tomislav.butkovic@gmail.com> wrote:
I'm installing debian lenny on an ibook g4 800mhz 360+mb ram and the

Did you add the RAM yourself or was it added by your friend ? Do you know the brand, and its age ?

installation process keeps freezing during various points of the
installation during various installation attempts. Most commonly
during the partintioning or during the installation  of the base
system. The farthest I've gotten in the installation of the base
system is 98% then it froze. I am not sure what the problem here is.
It seems that the longer period of time that the machine is off, the
farther it can go through with the installation.

To me this sounds like a faulty RAM problem. Try removing any additionnal RAM module and install Debian the usual way.

I got the ibook from a friend with no hard drive. I put a 160gb
seagate hard drive in, pata. I have tried installing ubuntu,
opensuse, and now debian. Debian is the only installer that has
gotten this far without any other problems.

Has this iBook got any other problem before that you're aware of ?

Any help would be appreciated. I am new to linux, though I strongly
support the concept of community run open source software development
and the free distribution of information.

Thank You,


Instead of installing the whole base system. Simply use the net-install
CD and install the most basic system. This means when you are asked to
select what kind of install you want, disable the 'Desktop System'.

Is there any memory testing tool for powerpc ? AFAIK, memtest is only for x86 ... Could be usefull to detect RAM problems.


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