installation breaks installing kernel

Ralf Saalmüller ralf at
Fri Sep 24 08:10:34 UTC 2004

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Am 22.09.2004 um 23:13 schrieb Colin Watson:

> On Wed, Sep 22, 2004 at 10:59:15PM +0200, Ralf Saalmüller wrote:
>> I got the warty-powerpc.iso today and tried to install it on an iMac
>> G3/400 DV. The installer stops because it could not install
>> kernel-image- /var/log/messages says in the last
>> lines:
>> /usr/sbin/mkinitrd: device /dev/hda21 is not a block device
>> Failed to create initrd image
>> ... exit status 9
>> ...
>> ... error code(1)
>> Debian Sarge has installed very well on this iMac ;-)
> /sbin/MAKEDEV only creates device nodes up to 20 for hd*. I'm not sure
> why sarge worked ...

sarge works, because it is installed starting at partition 14. Now 
Ubuntu is on partition 19 and is working too.

If anyone responsible is reading this, an iMac DV G3/400 has an ATI 
Rage AGP Graphics with 8MB video RAM. Up to my  experience it does only 
work with 15bit color depth and doesn't work with 24bits. Debian does 
it right, Mandrake and Ubuntu failed and are trying to run X11 with 
24bit and need to be reconfigured. Perhaps you can adapt that. The iMac 
G3 are doing very well with Linux and it would be a shame if Ubuntu 
wouldn't run out of the box.

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Ralf Saalmüller
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