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Uriah_Peep
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12/02/2020 12:44 am  

Hi all,

The partition instructions recommended in the installation instructions aren't clear to me. Currently I have a G3 iBook (600) dual-booting 10.3.9 and the latest OS9.

In particular I never knew there was such a thing as an "Apple driver partition" - how do I make one of these? I also have no idea how to "create a 1 Mb bootstrap partition for the yaboot installer." I think the "bootstrap" terminology is throwing me off. Partitions 3 and 4 seem clearer; 3 is a partition the size of your RAM, while 4 is just the rest of your free space. Am I overthinking this and this is all something the installer will take care of?

If not, can anyone who has successfully gone through this shed some light here? I'm a bit paralyzed because I don't know how to get my drive ready for MintPPC.

Thanks for reviving this project!


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admin
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12/02/2020 4:06 pm  

First question: do you want to keep any of your Apple OS partitions ?


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Uriah_Peep
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13/02/2020 12:33 am  

@admin I have better OSX machines and it's only an 8GB HD so I'd say no for this one. 🙂

 


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admin
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13/02/2020 9:44 am  

Please make a picture of the partitions scheme.


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Uriah_Peep
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14/02/2020 4:46 am  

@admin Hi! Here are some pictures:

https://imgur.com/a/h7fKMRx

As you can see, the HD is small but it does dual boot OS9 and 10.3.9. Honestly if I could keep both and add a small MintPPC installation, great! Otherwise, I'm OK to start over with MintPPC - like I said, I have better OS9/OSX machines and the drive here is a bit small. Whatever is easier for you to describe a little more step-by-step is fine for me.

 


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admin
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14/02/2020 9:51 am  

I recommend to only install MintPPC. I would like to see a picture from the partitions as you startup the Debian installer. Follow the installation instructions and just make a picture of the partitions. Just don't continue from there yet.


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Uriah_Peep
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15/02/2020 6:36 am  

Hi there, here it is:

https://imgur.com/a/mAYODFa

I'll be darned, there's an exactly 32.3kb partition already. So does this mean I just delete all the other ones, then create three new ones: 1MB, 128MB (RAM size), and then the last one that just has the remainder of the free space?

I don't understand this from the instructions in any case:

  1. Partition #2 should be a 1 Mb bootstrap partition for the yaboot installer -- How do you configure it this way? Is it an option when you do guided partitioning?
  2. Partition #3 should be a swap partition the size of the RAM; is that something I need to configure in any way?
  3. The last partition, with all the rest of the free space, should be "format[ted] in ext4 and [given] the / (root) mountpoint" - again, anything I need to know about how to do this? Will it just be an option when I go to do guided partitioning?

As you can tell, a lot of this is me just knowing what I don't know, and not seeing the answers spelled out in the docs. Thanks for your patience!


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admin
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15/02/2020 8:50 pm  

As you said, keep the first partition and delete the rest. You will find out if you get there.


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Uriah_Peep
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16/02/2020 1:46 am  

Okay, you were right. I was able to work through the partitions, I think. But now I'm stuck because "enter information manually" isn't working to find the mirror. Here are some fresh screenshots to explain the partitions and the mirror problem:

https://imgur.com/a/Kk4dPWr

I've now done this twice with two separate verified-working wired ethernet connections so I'm stuck. Any idea why this isn't working?

PS - I threw an extra 512MB ram stick in it so my swap partition is now 640MB instead of 128.

This post was modified 10 months ago by Uriah_Peep

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24/02/2020 1:12 pm  

enter 'ftp.ports.debian.org' for the mirror, and '/debian-ports/' for the directory

 

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/debian-sid-installation-guide-powerpc.2146795/


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Gazza
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25/02/2020 8:26 am  

Hi, I was following the install instructions and got up to the same point as above. I entered the mirror and directory info as per admin advice and also followed the link instructions. The result is the same with a failure to load software. I have repartioned the drive twice with same result. Is there another mirror that can be used?    I have been trying to install Linux on my old G4 mini mac for weeks and this is the first distro to boot from USB so I am hopeing you can assist.


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admin
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25/02/2020 9:25 am  

Somewhere this week I will do an installation on an G4 iBook myself as per the instructions to see whether I need to amend it or not. I will let you know here when I have done that.


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admin
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29/02/2020 10:01 pm  

I did not yet have time to do it but I did not forget it...


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Uriah_Peep
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01/03/2020 1:23 am  

Hi, glad this hasn't been forgotten about. I'm OP and just as a reminder, mine is not a G4 but rather a G3 at 600 MHz and 640MB of RAM.

Sounds like Gazza is having the same problem though; the mirror seems not to be working. It's not easy to set mine up so it has an ethernet connection, so I don't want to try again until I hear it's been tested. 🙂


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admin
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01/03/2020 9:16 pm  

Ok guys, thanks for reporting this. I just did an installation. The iso that you and I used has an expired debian-ports keyring and can therefore not access the debian-ports mirror. I will have to make a new iso...I don't know when I have the time for that but I will keep you updated.


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