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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2004 7:06 am    Post subject: Powerbook 15" 1.5Ghz + Linux Advice Reply with quote

I bought this Powerbook in July. It's the latest generation model with the 9700 Mobility. Mac OS X is generally nice, but in some areas I find it lacking. I'm considering installing one of the following distros as a second OS: Gentoo, YellowDog, or Debian.

I already know some of the hardware is un-supported. The modem, Airport extreme, 2D/3D acceleration. But the sleep function is now supported for the radeon based models, correct? What about sound?

I don't know exactly what I'm asking. I guess I just wanted to know if there are any major modifications that I'll need to make to the stickied installation guide for gentoo on the Powerbook 1ghz.

The most important thing I need to know is if there are any high risks of hardware damage, like with heat regulation/overheating or something un-forseen?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2004 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This guide should answer the most of your questions:
https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic.php?t=162622

I have exactly the same notebook as you have and so far it works flawless (ok, once I had a problem with the preemptible option of the kernel! just disable it!). To control fan/heat the module therm_adt746x is used - it works perfectly for me.

The only modification you have to do, before installing Gentoo Linux, is to make some space on you harddisk!

I see no reasons why any Linux distribution should damage my/your notebook. :-)



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2004 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks a lot HighOnBonsai.

I forgot to ask in my first post, but should I still use the 2004.0 PPC release, or try the latest version?

I'm a little paranoid about the damage part because Apple tech support will use any excuse to blame Apple hardware failure on being something/someone else's fault.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2004 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try the latest version - this should cause no damage to your Powerbook!

I know, I know - in the case of Linux on Macs the Apple Care is a bitch... :-(

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2004 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'm a little paranoid about the damage part because Apple tech support will use any excuse to blame Apple hardware failure on being something/someone else's fault.


When I got white things on my screen and when my cdreader got broken, I set macosx to the default os trought macosx, and noone say anything :-)
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2004 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would re-install Mac OS X too. I would even take out the stick of ram I installed before sending it in. However, the worst case scenario would be if something was damaged on the Powerbook that prevented me from being able to re-install OS X.

I was wondering about which version to use because in another thread someone mentioned some Powerbook problems installing with 2004.3. But I guess the only way to know is try it myself. :twisted:
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2004 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really dont think software can cause any hardware damage, unless its explicitly trying to, by say, preventing the fan from working ( if that were the case, it would get fixed pretty damn fast)
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 25, 2004 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just wanted to thank everyone who helped me on the forum and in the irc channels. After a week of trying to get everything working, I've decided to just stick with OS X.
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