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Re: PowerBook 12"

I recently did a similar installation on an old Dell laptop without an internal CD drive.  My method: downloaded the dvd .iso file and installed via an external usb cd/dvd drive.  No problems, worked great (as long as there isn't an internal cd drive present, the BIOS recognizes the usb cd/dvd drive as a bootable device, at least on my Dell).  I also tried the usb stick installation method but found some of the info outdated, i.e. unetbootin apparently hasn't been updated in a year so I couldn't get the installation to use an .iso from the usb stick even after following all of the official Debian instructions (apparently unetbootin hasn't been updated to be compatible with Lenny stable).  I prefer to install from an .iso file rather than do a full install over my dsl connection - saves a lot of time.

Hope that helps.


On Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 4:32 AM, MAD <mdecristo@gmail.com> wrote:
I would like to install Ubuntu 9.04 PowerPC on my PowerBook 12" with no working CD drive.  I have copied the 4 files into the root directory (just the top level of my Macintosh HD, right)?  I also extract the .iso file and copy its contents into my root directory (otherwise, yaboot launches and says "unknown or corrupt filesystem").   From OpenFirmware, into yaboot, the "install" command does nothing, so I type "live" in, which initializes an installer, which restarts the computer, at which point on the top of the screen there is a dash-like cursor, and it just freezes there.  Then I have to restart.

I would really like to start using Linux - I have it already as a VM on my Intel Mac Book Pro, and I think it will make my 12" PowerBook very useful.  Is there anything someone from your Debian group could tell me to help?  Thanks a lot.

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