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Re: Bug#685414: installation-reports: Hangs while searching drives on a Mac Mini G4 (PowerPC)

On 08/27/2012 12:33 PM, Gunnar Wolf wrote:
> Gaudenz Steinlin dijo [Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 09:31:03PM +0200]:
>> I guess this is #683849. Can you try a daily image? 
> The bug you mention happens at a much later stage (at
> partman-auto-lvm, my lockup happens just after localechooser),
> although it does sound related - Trying to mount /dev/sda1 from the
> console still hangs. However, the following messages in
> /var/log/syslog grab my attention:
> Aug 27 16:05:32 hw-detect: Missing modules 'pata_macio (KeyLargo ATA)

This log line is not related to your problem. hw-detect is letting us
know that the pata_macio module does not exist, anymore. No harm comes
out of it. The pata-macio module was compiled in the kernel since
November 2011 and is working fine, at least for me.

Boot into the installer again. When you get to the problematic point
choose 'Save debug logs' from the 'Debian installer main menu'. Attach
the files to this bug report. They may reveal what is going on.

You may try to start the installer form an external firewire cd/dvd
drive. See:


You may also try to boot the installer form the USB stick directly. It
is not quite straightforward how to do it, but try this:

Copy .iso to a USB memory stick using dd.

 sudo dd if=debian-testing-powerpc-netinst.iso of=/dev/sd[x]

Unplug all USB devices and hubs, except the keyboard and mouse.

Plug the USB memory stick directly into the machine. Restart the machine
while holding option+command+o+f keys.

On the Open Firmware prompt type:

 boot usb0/disk:,\install\yaboot

if it does not work, one of these should, depending on which connector
you plugged the USB memory stick in:

 boot usb1/disk:,\install\yaboot
 boot usb2/disk:,\install\yaboot
 boot usb-1a/disk:,\install\yaboot
 boot usb-1b/disk:,\install\yaboot
 boot usb-1c/disk:,\install\yaboot
 boot usb-2a/disk:,\install\yaboot
 boot usb-2b/disk:,\install\yaboot
 boot usb-2c/disk:,\install\yaboot

On some machines usb device aliases can be different. To get hints where
the USB device is and which alias could be the right one, type:



 dev / ls

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