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Re: How to install on Power Mac G5 from USB stick

John, New World Macs are not designed to boot from USB at all, even if some folks have found ways to do it. CDs are cheap. Burn an install CD and boot from it by holding down the 'c' key on the keyboard while powering-up the Mac. This works with Apple-brand keyboards; not all third-party keyboards work for booting from CD.

All my best - Chris Reich; Rochester, New York
twittername: chrisreich

--- On Fri, 6/24/11, John Ames <commodorejohn@gmail.com> wrote:

From: John Ames <commodorejohn@gmail.com>
Subject: How to install on Power Mac G5 from USB stick
To: debian-powerpc@lists.debian.org
Date: Friday, June 24, 2011, 7:42 PM

I've got a Power Mac I'd like to run Debian on, but while the install
files are easy enough to find, I've been having a devil of a time
figuring out how I'm supposed to boot the thing from USB. There are
several articles on booting New World Macs from USB that Google turns
up, but they seem very cursory and specific to the author's particular
machine, and as such aren't a whole lot of help. What I'm trying to
figure out is:

A. What exactly I need to do to get a suitable boot filesystem written
to my USB stick. It's a spare, so I'm not worried about destroying it,
but simply writing the powerpc64 netboot ISO doesn't seem to work,
unless I'm screwing up on step...
B. How to actually boot the thing from Open Firmware. I can find the
device path it assigns to the USB stick, but when I attempt to boot
it, it goes to a "no" sign on a grey screen and sits there until I

It's getting a little frustrating trying to figure out what I'm
missing - can anybody help me out with this, or just point me to a
place where I can find some clear, comprehensive instructions?

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