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#1 2011-09-15 22:05:00

jrodri14ii
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Registered: 2011-09-15
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imac G4 install boot issue: Blank screen

Hi!

I'm trying t get archppc on an old g4 with 512 ram (the infamous iLamp). I get the cd to boot part way, but then I get a blank screen, and the computer doesn't move forward. I tried using the option that does something to the video (sorry, I forgot what it was called. I'll try getting it in a few minutes), but it did the same thing. I'm using xubuntu right now, but it's like puling a trailer with a coupe. I want just what I need: openbox, internet, terminal. So anything else is quite useless.

Thanks a lot!

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#2 2011-09-15 22:17:10

jrodri14ii
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Registered: 2011-09-15
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Re: imac G4 install boot issue: Blank screen

I looked up the option, and it is "-ofonly".

Also, it stops at "udev events".

Thanks for any help.

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#3 2011-09-15 23:20:29

Inxsible
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From: Chicago
Registered: 2008-06-09
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Re: imac G4 install boot issue: Blank screen

moving to Other Architectures


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There's no such thing as a stupid question, but there sure are a lot of inquisitive idiots !

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#4 2011-12-06 04:00:40

Michel Sardou
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From: Paris
Registered: 2011-11-25
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Re: imac G4 install boot issue: Blank screen

Hi! I may come  too late!

I installed Arch ppc on a Mac mini G4 a few months ago.
After udev was parsing the hooks,  had a ' black screen flash' then 'nothing' (reading my notes, I can't remember if it was a white screen, but I had that one when trying to install other systems like Debian or Crux on ppc machines when it was about communicating with  GPU).

On Arch ppc, the way through the problem was to reboot from the install cd, chrooting again, and edit yaboot.conf adding these two lines after the proper boot image :

append="video=radeonfb"
append="radeon.agpmode=-1"

Your GPU is most probably an ATI and should be ok with that, but check anyway.
And don't forget to

ybin -v

again before rebooting!

Hope this helps someone, if not the OP.

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