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Old 03-29-2008, 08:40 PM
Catherine Fitzgerald
 
Default Help installing Fedora 8 on iMac G3

I have been trying for a week to install Linux on my old mac: iMac G3,
500MHz, slot-loading CD, 20G HD. I am completely new to Linux and the
only time I've ever used command prompts is on a PC, and a very long
time ago, so if anyone is able to help me, please keep the instuctions
as clear as possible. I appologise in advance for the long drawn-out
detail below, but as I have no idea what the problem is I thought it
better to give as much information as possible.


The problems I have had are:

1- Innitially tried to install Kubuntu 6.04 using a live image burnt
onto a CD using InfraRecorder (on a Windows XP 2000 pc). The live CD
would go to a black screen after the initial boot dialog and then run down.


2- As that didn't work, and I was not worried about removing the old OS,
I tried installing Kubuntu, erasing the old partitions. It would
install, then freeze on the login and not accept any of my keyboards for
input (either the mac keyboard, a pc keyboard or either of my wireless
keyboards) so it was not possible to log in. After several attempts at
reinstalling Kubuntu and getting the same problem I decided to try
installing Fedora.


3- To avoid downloading a large amount I downloaded
fedora-8-ppc-rescuecd.iso from one of the recommended mirrors and burnt
it to CD (using InfraRecorder on the pc). Initially the install process
worked, and it requested a web address to download the images from. I
chose the monash uni web site (html server) as it is relatively close,
and the install proceeded up until I hit the 'yes' button for the final
install process.


4- After hovering on the 'preparing to install' screen for over an hour
I got this message:


"The file a2ps-4.13b-69.fc8.ppc.rpm cannot be opened. This is due to a
missing file, a corrupt package or corrupt media. Please verify your
installation source.


If you exit, your system will be left in an inconsistent state that will
likely require reconfiguration."


with the option to reboot or retry. I hit retry and after another hour
the same message came up again.


5- After rebooting the mac does not recongnise a bootable file (this was
not a surprise). I put in the rescue cd, which boots without a problem,
but requires me to know what to do (ie, use a command line and have a
clue) to do anything.


6- I decided that it might work if I tried the live cd, so downloaded
and burnt that. The live cd boots, goes through all the loading (mount
dialogue? - with [ok] in green at the end of each line] then the
computer goes to a black screen and the cd keeps buzzing away but doing
nothing. I tried to restart the computer and typed in 'install' at the
boot prompt, but get a message saying something along the lines of not
recognised, or the iso can't be booted.


7- Which is where I am now. The HD has been reformatted (the old mac
software does not recognise it - which is fine because I don't really
want to go back to the old mac OS), but it has no installed OS that it
can boot. Is this simply an issue of trying a different mirror to
install the Fedora operating system, and if so, can you recommend one
that has all the files intact? Or is the issue that when I burn the CDs
it is being corrupted there? I can't download the DVD iso as the mac has
no DVD player, and doing the install over the internet is not a problem
for me if that is the only way I can do it.


Any advice would be most appreciated.

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Old 03-29-2008, 09:03 PM
Catherine Fitzgerald
 
Default Help installing Fedora 8 on iMac G3

Sorry, I am trying to install the ppc version

Aaron Konstam wrote:

Are you trying to install a ppc version of Linux or a intel version?
It is not clear from what you described.
On Sun, 2008-03-30 at 08:40 +1100, Catherine Fitzgerald wrote:

I have been trying for a week to install Linux on my old mac: iMac G3,
500MHz, slot-loading CD, 20G HD. I am completely new to Linux and the
only time I've ever used command prompts is on a PC, and a very long
time ago, so if anyone is able to help me, please keep the instuctions
as clear as possible. I appologise in advance for the long drawn-out
detail below, but as I have no idea what the problem is I thought it
better to give as much information as possible.


The problems I have had are:

1- Innitially tried to install Kubuntu 6.04 using a live image burnt
onto a CD using InfraRecorder (on a Windows XP 2000 pc). The live CD
would go to a black screen after the initial boot dialog and then run down.


2- As that didn't work, and I was not worried about removing the old OS,
I tried installing Kubuntu, erasing the old partitions. It would
install, then freeze on the login and not accept any of my keyboards for
input (either the mac keyboard, a pc keyboard or either of my wireless
keyboards) so it was not possible to log in. After several attempts at
reinstalling Kubuntu and getting the same problem I decided to try
installing Fedora.


3- To avoid downloading a large amount I downloaded
fedora-8-ppc-rescuecd.iso from one of the recommended mirrors and burnt
it to CD (using InfraRecorder on the pc). Initially the install process
worked, and it requested a web address to download the images from. I
chose the monash uni web site (html server) as it is relatively close,
and the install proceeded up until I hit the 'yes' button for the final
install process.


4- After hovering on the 'preparing to install' screen for over an hour
I got this message:


"The file a2ps-4.13b-69.fc8.ppc.rpm cannot be opened. This is due to a
missing file, a corrupt package or corrupt media. Please verify your
installation source.


If you exit, your system will be left in an inconsistent state that will
likely require reconfiguration."


with the option to reboot or retry. I hit retry and after another hour
the same message came up again.


5- After rebooting the mac does not recongnise a bootable file (this was
not a surprise). I put in the rescue cd, which boots without a problem,
but requires me to know what to do (ie, use a command line and have a
clue) to do anything.


6- I decided that it might work if I tried the live cd, so downloaded
and burnt that. The live cd boots, goes through all the loading (mount
dialogue? - with [ok] in green at the end of each line] then the
computer goes to a black screen and the cd keeps buzzing away but doing
nothing. I tried to restart the computer and typed in 'install' at the
boot prompt, but get a message saying something along the lines of not
recognised, or the iso can't be booted.


7- Which is where I am now. The HD has been reformatted (the old mac
software does not recognise it - which is fine because I don't really
want to go back to the old mac OS), but it has no installed OS that it
can boot. Is this simply an issue of trying a different mirror to
install the Fedora operating system, and if so, can you recommend one
that has all the files intact? Or is the issue that when I burn the CDs
it is being corrupted there? I can't download the DVD iso as the mac has
no DVD player, and doing the install over the internet is not a problem
for me if that is the only way I can do it.


Any advice would be most appreciated.



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Old 03-29-2008, 09:50 PM
Aaron Konstam
 
Default Help installing Fedora 8 on iMac G3

Are you trying to install a ppc version of Linux or a intel version?
It is not clear from what you described.
On Sun, 2008-03-30 at 08:40 +1100, Catherine Fitzgerald wrote:
> I have been trying for a week to install Linux on my old mac: iMac G3,
> 500MHz, slot-loading CD, 20G HD. I am completely new to Linux and the
> only time I've ever used command prompts is on a PC, and a very long
> time ago, so if anyone is able to help me, please keep the instuctions
> as clear as possible. I appologise in advance for the long drawn-out
> detail below, but as I have no idea what the problem is I thought it
> better to give as much information as possible.
>
> The problems I have had are:
>
> 1- Innitially tried to install Kubuntu 6.04 using a live image burnt
> onto a CD using InfraRecorder (on a Windows XP 2000 pc). The live CD
> would go to a black screen after the initial boot dialog and then run down.
>
> 2- As that didn't work, and I was not worried about removing the old OS,
> I tried installing Kubuntu, erasing the old partitions. It would
> install, then freeze on the login and not accept any of my keyboards for
> input (either the mac keyboard, a pc keyboard or either of my wireless
> keyboards) so it was not possible to log in. After several attempts at
> reinstalling Kubuntu and getting the same problem I decided to try
> installing Fedora.
>
> 3- To avoid downloading a large amount I downloaded
> fedora-8-ppc-rescuecd.iso from one of the recommended mirrors and burnt
> it to CD (using InfraRecorder on the pc). Initially the install process
> worked, and it requested a web address to download the images from. I
> chose the monash uni web site (html server) as it is relatively close,
> and the install proceeded up until I hit the 'yes' button for the final
> install process.
>
> 4- After hovering on the 'preparing to install' screen for over an hour
> I got this message:
>
> "The file a2ps-4.13b-69.fc8.ppc.rpm cannot be opened. This is due to a
> missing file, a corrupt package or corrupt media. Please verify your
> installation source.
>
> If you exit, your system will be left in an inconsistent state that will
> likely require reconfiguration."
>
> with the option to reboot or retry. I hit retry and after another hour
> the same message came up again.
>
> 5- After rebooting the mac does not recongnise a bootable file (this was
> not a surprise). I put in the rescue cd, which boots without a problem,
> but requires me to know what to do (ie, use a command line and have a
> clue) to do anything.
>
> 6- I decided that it might work if I tried the live cd, so downloaded
> and burnt that. The live cd boots, goes through all the loading (mount
> dialogue? - with [ok] in green at the end of each line] then the
> computer goes to a black screen and the cd keeps buzzing away but doing
> nothing. I tried to restart the computer and typed in 'install' at the
> boot prompt, but get a message saying something along the lines of not
> recognised, or the iso can't be booted.
>
> 7- Which is where I am now. The HD has been reformatted (the old mac
> software does not recognise it - which is fine because I don't really
> want to go back to the old mac OS), but it has no installed OS that it
> can boot. Is this simply an issue of trying a different mirror to
> install the Fedora operating system, and if so, can you recommend one
> that has all the files intact? Or is the issue that when I burn the CDs
> it is being corrupted there? I can't download the DVD iso as the mac has
> no DVD player, and doing the install over the internet is not a problem
> for me if that is the only way I can do it.
>
> Any advice would be most appreciated.
>
--
================================================== =====================
You are absolute plate-glass. I see to the very back of your mind. --
Sherlock Holmes
================================================== =====================
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Old 03-30-2008, 09:41 AM
Tim
 
Default Help installing Fedora 8 on iMac G3

On Sun, 2008-03-30 at 08:40 +1100, Catherine Fitzgerald wrote:
> I can't download the DVD iso as the mac has no DVD player

You can, but it depends on what else you're able to do, or prepared to,
to work with it.

The basic idea is you download the small rescue disc and the DVD ISO.
You burn the rescue disc and boot from it, then use the downloaded DVD
ISO file with the rescue disc to install. Of course, this means that
you have to have downloaded the DVD ISO file to somewhere that you can
use when you boot from the rescue disc.

Alternatively, you could look for multi CD ISO install files from the
Fedora Respin thingy.

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important to the thread.)

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