[lubuntu-users] Any feedback on reviving a G3 iBook PPC testingmachine??

Fritz Hudnut este.el.paz at gmail.com
Wed Jan 13 15:56:54 UTC 2016


@Peter G:

Thanks for the reply, I'll try to test out some of those linuxjemac.be
options in the coming week(s) . . . the "Boot CD" commands look easy enough
. . . at this point it might be that for real "netboot" might be the only
option, but the complication and time look way beyond my pay grade . . . .
I'll post back with updates as I get them.

F

On Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 1:21 AM, Peter Golis <golisp at centrum.sk> wrote:

> Hello Fritz,
>
> As first, clean information how to boot NewWorkd PPC machines from Apple
> is on link http://mac.linux.be/content/booting-open-firmware , please
> bookmark it. You can see many other how to across internet.
>
>
>
> As second, Apple MAC OS X installation medium can boot also if boot from
> CDROM is disabled in OFI. Linux  installation medium don't boot when
> booting from CDROM is disabled in OFI, even if you will press 'c' key prior
> chime. But you can boot to open firmware and select boot from 'cd'. Be
> aware, 'cd' is only alias.
>
>
>
> As third, please review how was burn Linux installation CD, and if that
> ancient Combo CDRW/DVDR can read it in propped way. For checking you can
> use MAC OS X on that hardware.
>
>
>
> Peter.
>
>
>
> ______________________________________________________________
> > Od: Fritz Hudnut <este.el.paz at gmail.com>
> > Komu: Walter Lapchynski <wxl at ubuntu.com>, lubuntu user list <
> lubuntu-users at lists.ubuntu.com>
> > Dátum: 11.01.2016 22:59
> > Predmet: [lubuntu-users] Any feedback on reviving a G3 iBook PPC
> testingmachine??
> >
> Folks:
>
> Got one of those PPC machines for testing lubuntu, iBook G3 800 MHz 346 MB
>> Ram . . . tried to do some basic stuff like boot a CD/DVD using the c key,
>> and/or the option key to boot some CD or DVD or I tried a USB drive that
>> way as well . . . it just bypassed and rebooted into OSX 10.2.8.  Tried to
>> install applejack, but the install "fails."  I thought it was because the
>> previous owner was still "admin/root" so I added myself as "admin" . . . .
>> Realizing that nothing boots except OSX installer via GUI "restart" and I
>> tried to upgrade to 10.3 . . . that "failed" part way through.  The only
>> thing that worked via keyboard was doing a "safe boot."  That was yesterday.
>>
>
>
>> Today, I tried again today to do an "erase/install" upgrade to 10.3
>> (thinking that somehow the PO had set it up to refuse installs) . . . and
>> it error-ed out in disk 1 again . . . and now the HD is wiped clean and it
>> can only reboot into the install disk (which fails to install anything).
>>
>
>
>> So, I don't know what "can't write to disk" is exactly a sign of, but
>> several attempts to install software have failed . . . the CD ROM is
>> "glitchy" as it is being used to install it sounds like rubber bands are
>> twanging as the drive "spings up" the data to wherever it is going . . . .
>> I don't have the spare change to spend any money on hardware repairs for
>> it.  Basically the OSX installer erased the install, so the OP's data is
>> gone, but 2 attempts to do an install have failed during the process.  I
>> also tried to use a 10.4 install DVD disk, but, that didn't mount at all.
>>
>> I'm sort of considering it a "paperweight" at this point.  It's very
>> basic; I can't boot any disk using the C key, I can't get anything to show
>> up using the option key, I can't install anything . . . .   I've tried
>> everything I know to try to revive it . . . .
>>
>> If someone on the list could tell me anything to try to run in open
>> firmware, I ***might*** try to do that, but since it isn't responding to
>> any keys on reboot (except safe boot) I doubt I can boot it to OF . . .  I'm
>> thinking this is the sweet spot between "old" hardware taking a dive and
>> HD/cpu problems effecting software side . . . ???  Any thoughts, special
>> insights into reviving the G3 iBook ???
>>
>> F
>>
>>
>>
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