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#1 2011-05-20 00:40:38

kahlil88
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[PPC] Can't boot installer on iMac G3

I'm trying to install Arch Linux on an iMac G3/333MHz with 64MB of RAM and have yet to actually reach the installer. I've tried 3 different discs (all burned at 4x) -- the latest "official" 2011-03-05, 2010.02.26 and a 2011.03.07 that I thought addressed some compatibility issues. It hangs forever at the loading udev, kernel modules and loopback interface phases before eventually reaching a black screen. Keyboard appears unresponsive and unfortunately the original iMac G3 doesn't have VGA out. Are there any boot options or a known good ISO that I might have better luck with?

Last edited by kahlil88 (2011-06-07 10:57:52)


There is no system but GNU and Linux is one of its kernels.

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#2 2011-05-20 01:04:00

karol
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Re: [PPC] Can't boot installer on iMac G3

Just to be sure, are you talking about Arch Linux PPC?

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#3 2011-05-20 01:28:22

kahlil88
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Re: [PPC] Can't boot installer on iMac G3

karol wrote:

Just to be sure, are you talking about Arch Linux PPC?

Of course. I don't think the computer would attempt to boot with a disc for any other architecture wink

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#4 2011-06-07 11:02:42

kahlil88
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Re: [PPC] Can't boot installer on iMac G3

*BUMP* Any ideas? I'm beginning to wonder if it just needs more RAM. Might just have some old PC133 modules gathering duest in the shed somewhere...


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#5 2011-06-07 12:02:37

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Re: [PPC] Can't boot installer on iMac G3

The only thing wrt to RAM that comes to my mind is https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php … 33#p938333

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