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iMac G3 700MHz and MintPPC


Francesco Miglietta
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Hello!

I'm an happy owner of a iMac G3, 700MHz (PowerPC 750 CXe), 1GB RAM, SSD HD, ATI RAGE Ultra 16MB VRAM.

 

I would like to try to install a linux distro which is light and modern (maintained).

Would you recommend trying MintPPC? Has anybody managed to install it on iMac G3 with a working X? Is there any way to install or compile MESA 7 which is the last version supporting my VGA?

Thank you for your time and for the great project. Keep it up.

 

Regards

Francesco


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The only way to find out is trying. I have MintPPC running on a Pismo, with an ATi Rage card.


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Francesco Miglietta
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Hi,

Ok than as soon as I will try it I will "stalk" you with xorg.conf parameters, MESA 7 deb packages etc.. 😊

I also know most of the issues with iMac G3 is the keyboard combination that you need to use in order get the installation to start.

Thank you for your reply.

Francesco

 


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Elias Millitzer
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Hey,

I'm a little bit late to the party.

I am having issues installing MintPPC on my iMac G3, after launching with automated install (or anything else) I get:
Initramfs unpacking failed: write error
aty128fb: ROM failed to map
and then it’s just a bunch of errors saying directory doesn’t exist

I’m sorry I posted this as a comment under an unrelated post as a comment before. I thought I was on the Installation post. After trying to install MintPPC on my other iMac G3 I got a little bit further, on that one. I don’t have the unpacking error and could proceed with the proper install. However the aty128fb error persists. It appears to be a driver issue which explains why I get a flashing cursor (underscore) on startup and no gui. Switching to a terminal with alt+F[n] yields a functional with a seemingly fully installed MintPPC except the Graphical layer won’t start because of the driver error.

Elias


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