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Re: Installing debian on mac mini G4

Hi Christian,

  I also have an old Mac Mini G4. I could *never* get debian to
install using CDs. I eventually burned the first DVD and managed to
install debian Lenny. The whole thread is at:


  I could also never get the installer to work from the USB key (I am
not a Mac user, I was just trying to get it done).


On Tue, Jun 5, 2012 at 2:23 PM, Christian Lynbech <christian@defun.dk> wrote:
> I have an old Mac Mini G4 that I would like to install debian on, but I
> am having some problems getting it to work.
> The internal CD drive stopped working long ago, I have an external LaCie
> FW drive but I canot get the installation to work from that.
> The symptom I see is that if I boot with Option down, I do get a choice
> of boot devices which includes the Debian CD in the LaCie, but if I
> select it and continue, the screen will go black for a couple of seconds
> and then the bootdevice selection screen re-appears, as if something bad
> happened during the Debian bootstrap. I have tried both with Debian 4,
> 5, 6 and snapshots of 7 and all behaves the same way, so it does not
> seems to be an installer issue.
> I have managed to install OSX Tiger from the drive so it is not that it
> doesn't work. I have also earlier had an Ubuntu install running, so
> there should be hope. Obviously, there can be some hardware issues
> (there are some problems, if I turn wlan on, OSX will freeze in a few
> minutes).
> Anybody knows what is going on or has any ideas how I can debug the
> problem?
> I am going to look into trying to boot from a USB stick, and/or trying to
> netboot but would much prefer to get the CD way to work.
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