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Re: Installation freezes



M5183 is not an absolute identifier - it identifies the form factor rather than the specific model.  It's probably a PowerMac G4 "Yikes" .  Was it running Mac OS 9 when you were given it?  The Apple System Profiler under the Apple menu would tell you for sure.  If it has PCI graphics it's a Yikes.  If it has AGP graphics it's a Sawtooth, or possibly a Gigabit Ethernet.  Low End Mac has good info on all these old machines:

http://www.lowendmac.com/ppc/index.shtml

You definitely need more RAM.  It's cheap on eBay.  I once got Debian Sarge working on a Powerbook 1400 with only 64 MB of RAM but I partitioned the disk manually and set up a 512 MB SWAP partition.  That helped a lot.  You would need to set up a separate yaboot partition for your machine too, you know.

Cheers, Tom

On Dec 21, 2009, at 10:16 PM, Wayde Allen wrote:

> This thing was given to me, so I'm a bit sketchy on the details, but
> the sticker on the back reads:
> Power Mac G4, family# M5183, 400 MHz, 1M cache, 64 MB SDRAM, 10 Gbyte
> Hard Drive/DVD-ROM.  The system was probably built around 2000.  The
> hard drive is actually a 70 Gbyte drive so perhaps it was upgraded.
> 
> Getting it running is merely a curiosity.
> 
> - Wayde
> 
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> 
> 
> On Mon, Dec 21, 2009 at 6:48 AM, Thomas Carlson <tcarlson@sharedcup.com> wrote:
>> What sort of  "old G4" are you talking about?
>> 
>> Tom
>> 
>> On Dec 20, 2009, at 9:16 AM, Wayde Allen wrote:
>> 
>>> I've recently been trying to install the latest copy of DebianPPC on
>>> an old G4.  The install disk boots, finds the network, partitions the
>>> hardrive, and begins dowloading files from the mirror.  However, once
>>> it finishes downloading the last file the system simply stops the
>>> installation.  The computer seems to be working, I can for instance do
>>> an Alt-F2 to get a new shell and poke around in the system.  It is
>>> just the install that has stopped.  Any suggestions?
>>> 
>>> --
>>> - Wayde
>>> 
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