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Old 03-29-2008, 09:11 PM
Craig White
Default **** Help installing Fedora 8 on iMac G3

Aaron...had you bothered to read her e-mail, she clearly stated


On Sat, 2008-03-29 at 16:50 -0600, 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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