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Re: PowerPC install stuck at dmesg

On Aug 15, 2012, at 2:46 PM, Michael Aldridge wrote:

On Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 4:37 PM, Rick Thomas <rbthomas@pobox.com> wrote:

On Aug 15, 2012, at 1:52 PM, Michael Aldridge wrote:

okay, I understand now; although, there is a slight problem with doing that, I have no other linux machines handy with disk drives. Is there a way of doing that from the mac terminal?

If you just put the CD in the CD drive with MacOS-X running, it should mount it.

In the terminal window type "df" it will show (among other things) a volume mounted on /Volumes/Debian...

Type "cat /Volumes/Debian*/.disk/info" (without the quotes)

Report what you see.


Debian GNU/Linux 6.0.5 "Squeeze"- Official powerpc NETINST Binary - 1 20120512-20:49

OK. That says you are using the official "stable/Squeeze" netinst iso, available from


This is the current version that has (presumably) been used by lots of folks since it was released last May. So it's unlikely that the problem is in the ISO itself.

Have you checked that the CD is bit-for-bit the same as the iso?

I haven't personally tried this, but there is a "help" topic in the MacOS-X disk utility called "Verifying files are copied correctly from a disk image" that seems to tell you how to use checksums to tell if a CD was burned properly.


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