After install, boot process hangs early. Last message is something about ioremap. The machine sits there for a few minutes then reboots by itself. I chrooted into the install and added the pata_macio module to the modules line in etc/mkinitcpio.conf. I also added a hard KERNELVERSION="2.6.38-ARCH" instead of the default variable in /sbin/mkinitcpio because the script wouldn't allow me to build the image with the uname -r being 2.6.37-ARCH from the installer cd.
I noticed the default video mod is noveau but my experience with debian was that nouveau didn't work with this machine.
I also have a somewhat odd setup in that the built in keyboard has a stuck "p" key so I disconnected the keyboard and I'm using a usb keyboard. It worked with debian and it works with the installer, the proof being that I'm posting inside the live installer cd with this keyboard.
I imagine it's obvious I'm just winging it here but after trying to glean hints from the usual sources I haven't been able to fix it. So hopefully some brighter than me can nudge me along because I'm rather confused now.
Thanks in advance.
edit: I'm guessing this is a kernel panic. I added "usbinput" to HOOKS= in mkinitcpio.conf and rebuilt kernel26.img inside a chroot but no joy. I managed to get a "screenshot" with my camera... http://i52.tinypic.com/qs71u1.jpg (1600x1200) since I didn't find anything in /var/log/(wtvr it was).
Last edited by curlynostrill (2011-05-15 22:40:09)
I have a similar problem on a Power Mac G4 (mirrored drive door kind); I had made the decision (foolishly) to update an existing install of arch, which originally triggered this problem. Reinstalling using the newer iso didn't seem to fix it. I am also thinking it's some sort of kernel panic, but I can't seem to find any other documentation as to whether the vanilla 2.6.38.x kernel specifically has bugs with ppc/G4s. I'm thinking it's a specific package problem with the new arch kernel package for ppc.
Did you manage to resolve this at all? If not, I'll probably be doing my own investigations to see if there's a way to get updated arch to work on the G4s.
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No, I never did get past this issue. I gave up on that laptop since the heatsink wouldn't reattach properly after I replaced the hard drive. Someone had been in there before me and stripped the threads on the hold down screw... meh.
But now I've inherited a MDD G4 like you have and was hoping to do something other than OS X with it. Sadly, it looks like this won't be the other thing I do with it.