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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 3:16 am    Post subject: iBook G4 - setup. Reply with quote

Ok, I've worked with mainframes, Mini-computers, Windows pc's, Apple IIe and home-made boxes, but I've never worked with the iBook series.

I've created an installation LiveCD (PPC version), held the 'option' button down to get it to boot from CD.

Now that I'm at the first Gentoo screen, I see 'yaboot version 1.3.13'.

I've hit tab to see the kernel(s):

G5 G5-ttyS0,57600 ppc32

I tried, 'apple video=ofonly' (from instructions)

I get:
cd:2, apple: Unknown or corrupt filesystem.

No matter what I try, I get the same response.


The laptop has Mac OS X currently on the machine. Do I have to do something to wipe out the OS/hard drive first or is it something different?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 6:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What does the iBook have in it for a CPU?

did you try:

ppc32

if that doesn't work, try just hitting return (I'm not sure, but I think it defaults to G5).


As to MacOS being on it, you can just delete the partitions that are on there, when you get to that part in the handbook ("Preparing the Disks").

If you're not doing so, be sure you're following the gentoo handbook for a 32-bit ppc Macintosh.
http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/handbook/handbook-ppc.xml
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, that was in the other thread.

Quote:
Processor Type: PowerPC 7447a (G4) Processor Speed: 1.33 GHz
Details: The PowerPC G4 includes the AltiVec "Velocity Engine" vector processor.

System Bus Speed: 133 MHz Cache Bus Speed: 1.33 GHz (Built-in)

ROM/Firmware Type: Open Firmware ROM/Firmware Size: 1 MB

L1 Cache: 64k L2/L3 Cache: 512k (on chip)
Details: Includes a 512k "on chip" level 2 cache that runs at processor speed.

RAM Type: PC2100 DDR SDRAM Min. RAM Speed: 266 MHz
Details: Supports a single 200-pin PC2100 DDR SDRAM SO-DIMM memory module.

Standard RAM: 256 MB Maximum RAM: 1.25 GB
Details: The maximum memory capacity of this system is 1.25 GB with 256 MB onboard and a 1.0 GB SO-DIMM.

Motherboard RAM: 256 MB RAM Slots: 1
Details: 256 MB onboard, single SO-DIMM slot.

Video Card: Mobility Radeon 9200 VRAM Type: DDR SDRAM
Details: ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 (4X AGP) with 32 MB of DDR SDRAM.

Standard VRAM: 32 MB Maximum VRAM: 32 MB
Built-in Display: 14.1" TFT XGA Native Resolution: 1024x768
Details: 14.1" TFT XGA active-matrix display with a 1024 by 768 native resolution.

Standard Hard Drive: 60 GB (4200 RPM) Int. HD Interface: Ultra ATA/100

Standard Optical: 8X "Combo Drive"* Standard Disk: None
Details: A slot-loading 8X/24X/16X/24X DVD-ROM/CD-RW "Combo" (M9627LL/A) drive

Standard Modem: 56k v.92 Standard Ethernet: 10/100Base-T
Standard AirPort: 802.11b/g (Standard) Standard Bluetooth: 1.1 (Optional)
Details: Pre-installed AirPort Extreme (802.11g).

USB Ports: 2 (2.0) Firewire Ports: 1 (400)
Details: Two USB 2.0 ports and one Firewire "400" port.

Apple Model No: M9627LL/A* Apple Subfamily: iBook G4 - Late 2004
Details: M9627LL/A refers to the configuration with a DVD-ROM/CD-RW "Combo" drive.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it should simply be ppc32
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, system is up and running with Gentoo. :)

Now I need help on setting up a GUI system. I have setup servers with little to no problems but I have never been able to get a GUI system to work with Gentoo, mostly due to ATI graphics card. How do I start and what's the best with this system?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably XFCE4 is most appropriate. If you've got at least 512 MiB RAM, you could run Gnome or KDE, but it might be a bit more sluggish than xfce. Gnome requires less work by you (more work by the computer) to install, but if you can tolerate xfce's appearance, it's probably a better choice. Depending on your experience level, you might prefer fluxbox or some other window manager (requires more command-line capability to configure).

However, I would first recommend you "polish" your command-line-only system.

Have you familiarized yourself with portage and associated utilities? Have you run a couple of update cycles?
Are you happy with your logging configuration and log rotation? Are you getting any errors or warning in your logs?
Are you going to want to receive mail messages from the system? Have you set up mail?
Are you happy with the cron jobs that are installed by default? Are there any other maintenance or administration utilities you might want to use (e.g., ccache)?

Once you're happy that what you've got installed is running like a well-oiled machine, you next step would be install X. There are documents to guide you through that process, to include configuring for use of hardware graphics acceleration. Look on the web site under "docs". You might want to first familiarize yourself with all the titles of docs that are available there, so that you're aware they exist.

Then, after you get X running (with graphics acceleration, assuming you want that), then you can think about installing your window manager or desktop environment. Likewise, there are documents to guide you through that.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Basically, this will be a GUI machine to take on the road to play games and go on the internet (a play toy).

I can access my e-mail thru Comcast externally.

I'm in the process of making everything up-to-date now. :)

BTW, in case you didn't look at previous part of thread, I updated the specs on the laptop.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CurtE wrote:
Basically, this will be a GUI machine to take on the road to play games and go on the internet (a play toy).

I can access my e-mail thru Comcast externally.

I'm in the process of making everything up-to-date now. :)

BTW, in case you didn't look at previous part of thread, I updated the specs on the laptop.

That's fast enough to run Gnome with no problem if you had more RAM. 256 MiB really is kind of low considering the other specs of the machine.

I'd recommend you put xfce4 on there for now (or even just a window manager, if you can handle that). If you can manage a RAM upgrade (2x or 4x what you've got) then you could run a big desktop environment like Gnome or KDE).

If there's no way you are going to increase the RAM at all, then I personally would run just a window manager. If you really need a desktop environment, then I wouldn't go any bigger than xfce4.

Do look over the documentation. Most of what you need to know is in there.
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