Re: Installing debian on mac mini G4
On Tue, 2012-06-05 at 14:23 +0200, Christian Lynbech wrote:
> Anybody knows what is going on or has any ideas how I can debug the
I tried to install Debian on my iMac G4 too from CDs couple a mouth ago,
but I had the same issue (black screen then back to selection menu). But
I have to say that I didn't search further. According to me, the mac is
unable to find the right path of yaboot... I don't know why and I'm not
sure, it's just a guess; the funny thing is that I don't have any
problem to boot from CD on my iBooks G3/G4 laptops... BTW, I used an usb
key to get it work on my iMac.
> 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.
I'm sorry, I can't really help you with the CD; maybe someone on the
list will. In case you want to try from USB here's what you have to do.
Maybe you already know the procedure with an USB key; otherwise :
First the key. CAUTION: this will erase everything on your USB stick!
(According that you key is on /dev/sdb):
# dd if=debian-6.0.4-powerpc-CD-1.iso of=/dev/sdb
Then, with the usb key plugged in, reboot you mac and at boot time (when
you hear the "ding") get in the Open Firmware with Command+Option+O+F.
You will see a prompt with a welcome message. There you have to
search for your usb device using the command dev and ls.
0 > dev usb0
0 > ls
You will probably see your keyboard device and/or mouse. But you have to
search for "disk" like /pci@f2000000/usb1b,1/disk@1. If dev usb0 didn't
gived you something relevant, proceed with usb1, etc.
0 > dev usb1
0 > ls
For example last time I booted from my usb key I found *disk@2 under
To boot, you use the command 'boot', with information you grabbed from
0 > boot /pci@f2000000/usb1b,1/disk@2:,\install\yaboot
But note that you can use the alias too (use the command devalias, if
you're not sure):
0 > boot usb1/disk@2:,\install\yaboot
This will bring you on yaboot...
I wish you a good luck! Regards,
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