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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2007 7:24 pm    Post subject: G3 blueberry, Gentoo 2007.0 livecd and installer failures Reply with quote

Hi everyone, this is my first post (cos today is my first real Gentoo installation lol!).

I recently got an old Apple G3 BlueBerry equipped with MacOS 8.6, and I'm trying to install Gentoo 2007.0 thru the LiveCD installer for PPC.

The CD boots fine (it takes more than 5 minutes, but it's not a problem for now), but there is no way to begin the installation process.

X doesn't work (the Mac has an ATi Rage 128 video card, but no modules -vesa, ati, r128, ...- seem to be found), so I tried with the ncurses installer ("installer"), but it always fails. I think the problem depends on an odd and undeletable "1 - Primary (unknown, -1MB)" partition corresponding to "/dev/hda1". So, I tried to partition my disk manually with cfdisk (hda1: boot, hda2: swap, hda3: root), but invain, because the installer refuses to see my new partition table and keeps showing that stupid hda1 "ghost" partition (shifting all the other ones forward... I mean, right hda1 becomes hda2 and so on).

I tried different ways, but the only message I receive from the installer is "The setup program seems to have failed".
So, no way for me to install Gentoo for now.

Any kind suggestions? I'd really appreciate any help!
Thank you in advance! :D
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2007 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't use the liveCD. Get the minimal or universal CD instead, and work off the command line. The installer is still basically alpha-level software, and the subject of much debate. Often heated and silly debate.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2007 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, thank you very much! :D
I'll try asap and will post my results.
Cheers :P
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2007 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're at all interested, here's a sample of the ongoing installer conflict:
Gentoo 2007.0 GUI Installer is buggy

As it turns out, even the people who wrote it are unhappy with it.
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