Debian Installation :: IMac G3 - When Partitioning The HD - Just Shuts Down And Restarts From The Beginning

Jul 31, 2011

I have downloaded the latest version of Debian for PPC to run on my iMac G3 600MHz 1GB ram. The problem is, is when it is partitioning the HD the computer just shuts down and restarts from the beginning. I don't understand this. I chose it to erase and use the entire disk. The HD is 80GB. I really want to install this OS!

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Debian Installation :: Notebook Monitor Shuts Of After Installing?

Mar 9, 2011

The machine I'm running is a Sony Vaio VPCCW290X notebookIntel Core i5 processorNvidia GeForce 310M video cardI am planning on making Debian my main OS but I am experimenting with installing it on a usb drive first. I am new to linux so this has been a learning experience so far. I finally got the grub installed correctly for the external hard drive to boot up into Debian. I installed the minimal network install so I should just be going to a console prompt. After booting it it goes for a short time and then the screen shuts off, not just black. I tried ctrl-alt-f1/f2 which didn't do anything. I am able to reboot by ctrl-alt-del though. If I try to boot into the second option it goes further before shutting off. Using a live cd it does the same thing unless I choose the fail-safe option. When I choose that it boots up correctly. If I hook up an external monitor it will switch over to it when the screen shuts off, so I know it's not the video card

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Jan 17, 2010

I have install a MBR table partition with 3 partition windows partage et linux And i have install windows7 first no problem but i want to install debian now

and the dvd of debian is no detected

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Feb 19, 2015

I have just installed Debian 7.8.0 powerpc on my imac G3 (400Mhz, 256Mb Ram). I had repartitioned the drive with the view of having a dual boot machine, had OS9 installed on partition 1, linux installed on partition 2 and a ext4 data partition and a 1Gb swap partition. After I installed OS9, I ran Debian Installation CD and was successfully installed. Rebooted, got through the on screen text past file system check, then screen went blank. I searched Google and forund that if I ran ctrl+alt+f1 and logged in, then ran lspci, I could get the ID of the graphics. So I did, and:

Code: Select alllspci
0000:00:10 Display Controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI Rage 128 RL/VR AGP

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Debian Installation :: Grub Prompt After Install On IMac

Jun 3, 2015

I recently attempted to install Debian 8 on my iMac (late 2011). I partitioned my drive using disk utility to create FAT partitions (100GB for Debian and 2GB for SWAP) and installed rEFInd to boot into Debian.During the installation process I selected the drives I partitioned and set the mount points for each as / and swap.

Everything was fine and installation was successful and was prompted to restart to set up Debian. However when I did Grub did not recognise the Bluetooth keyboard. Unable to do anything it started the "Debian GNU/LINUX option" and loaded into what seems to be the grub prompt/terminal with the following displayed in bold:

[ 3.538535] i8042: No controller found
Loading, please wait...
Fsck from util-linux 2.25.2
/dev/sda5: clean, 112838/6119424 files, 1276387/24455424 blocks
[ 9.123670] [drm:radeon_pci_probe] *ERROR* Radeon kernel modsetting for R600 or later requires firmware-Linux-nonfree.
[ 10.715321] systemd-fsck[363] : fsck.fat 3.0.27 (2014-11-12)
[ 10.715690]systemd-fsck[363] : /dev/sda1: 248 files, 35995/403218 clusters

Debian GNU/Linux 8 iMac tty1/I was able to get my hands on a USB keyboard which works. Obviously I can't boot into Mac now because grub has taken over.

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Mar 17, 2011

I'm trying to install debian (testing) on my iMac, it boots fine, the keyboard works fine on the first screen, but when it goes to the language selection screen, i can't do anything. I've tried it on graphic install too, and it don't work. Also, i've tried it with an usb keyboard and mouse.

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Debian :: Partitioning The HD During Installation?

Dec 15, 2010

I am trying to install Debian Lenny on my iMac. When the installer menu comes to the partitioning scheme, I have no choice other than "manual partitioning".

Based on what I have read so far, I think I need to have at least two partitions:

- a root partition (/) but for how much space I am not so sure yet

- a swap partition equal to the amount of my RAM (which in this case is 2 GB DDR3): is this correct?

I wonder if I should furthermore make a "free space" (around 1 GB) and a boot partitions as well. Should I make any further partitions?

I want to devote some 50 GB of space to Debian so how the rest of this space should be partitioned: that is, when I am done with root, swap, free space, and boot, I am still left with a considerable amount of space.

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Debian Installation :: Partitioning Scheme For GPT On A SSD

Sep 23, 2014

I have a Intel DH67CL motherboard with UEFI support(and updated to latest BIOS). I have connected a 180GB Intel 330 SSD into my system so as to install Debian testing.

Presently, a 160GB sata hard drive is connected along with SSD and is used to boot default OS.

1. I am planning to do GPT partitioning. I am totally new to GPT partitioning. from what I understands, It needs some mandatory partitions like ESP. My doubt is, in a SSD solely booting Linux, will I need to create separate /(root) and /home and /data partitions? Also, I plan to use /var/log and some other frequently updated directories moved into existing harddrive.

So, what is the partitioning order - is this fine - ESP(512MB), /boot(100MB), /(30GB), /home(50GB) and /DATA(50GB) and remaining 16-17GB for over provisioning for the SSD?

2. is there a need to have 128MB MSR(microsoft reserved) in the case of Linux

3. With gdisk or parted for creating partitions? how to verify if partitions are aligned. In GPT, only primary partitions are supported?

4. Some answers in askubuntu/superuser says ext4 is not really good for SSD, instead take JFS? is this true? Is Btrfs mature enough to use with Desktop system

5. Which bootloader? gdisk creator Roderick is pushing for rEFInd or gummyboot instead of GRUB2.

6. In my PC, 4GB RAM is available with a core i3 processor. Shall I mount /tmp in RAM? Will I need to specify the size of RAM when mounting using /etc/fstab? A size of 1GB is fine?

7. using deadline I/O Scheduler instead of CFQ?

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Debian Installation :: PPC Based IMac G5 - Fresh Install Freezes Before Login

Apr 27, 2015

I initially installed Debian 8 onto my iMac G5 (with KDE), and it would boot to a black screen. I then tried again, and reformatted+reinstalled with only "Standard system utilities", "Print server", and "SSH server".The boot hangs before I get to a log-in prompt. Please see the attached log files I pulled off by booting from the rescue CD option. (I got an error when attaching the log files, so I used tinyupload to upload the files.URL....

Here's some of "syslog"
Code: Select allApr 27 17:37:45 iMacG5 systemd[1]: Started System Logging Service.
Apr 27 17:37:45 iMacG5 kernel: [   13.137638] Unable to handle kernel paging request for data at address 0x00000008
Apr 27 17:37:45 iMacG5 kernel: [   13.137645] Faulting instruction address: 0xd000000002314488
Apr 27 17:37:45 iMacG5 kernel: [   13.137654] Oops: Kernel access of bad area, sig: 11 [#1]


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Feb 11, 2011

So I am helping a friend (computer n00b) to install Debian Squeeze over the telephone, since his Vista had crashed, and after we set up the partitions like so:9 GB /1GB swap 150 GB /homeIt "hangs" for a while, i.e. nothing happens, and then it says that it "failed to partition disks". It did not give any error codes, and I did not see the message first hand, since I was doing it over the phone, but I was thinking that there is something wrong with the hard drive (causing Vista to crash perhaps?) so could this be circumvented by just using the first (or last) 10-15 GB of the disk?

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Debian Installation :: Partitioning Fails On Sun Ultra 450?

Apr 3, 2011

So, I've got as far as partitioning the hard disks on my Sun Ultra 450 Enterprise system, but it always fails with:

SILO (Sparc Linux Loader) can only boot the kernel off of a disk with the "sun" partition table. In the current partitioning scheme the kernel is going to be installed on the /boot partition located on a disk with the partition table of type "msdos".

What is this error message trying to say in its ambiguous way?

I selected automatic partitioning, but it got me to the same place as manual partitioning before it failed in the same way.

I installed four used hard drives in this system - they may have come from PCs for all I know. However, they are SCSI SCA drives, which makes it hard for me to believe they came from a PC environment.

If they did, do I need to to a low-level (or high-level) format of these drives to wipe out the "msdos"ness of them? If so, how do I do that in the SILO installer?

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Apr 5, 2011

This has now happened with 3 computers. I boot the i386 iso on a usb stick and I enter my name fine and create an account with a password, and then after the time is checked, the installation gets halfway through the hard disk bar and then suddenly it freezes. Sorry if i'm a little unspecific, I've forgotten what the name of the process was exactly and I don't want to have to try again if unnecessary.

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Debian Installation :: On IMac: Screen Goes All Black When Chose In Grub-selection List

May 20, 2011

I have installed Debian a few times now (and other distro's), so I'm fairly used to installing linux. I'm not used to installing it on Apple hardware (back in 2009 on my laptop I had some issues that were solved rather quickly, but that's about it). Now I'm installing Debian Squeeze on a new (well, bought today, but it is the previous model: iMac 11,2) desktop iMac.

Installing goes well (resizing partition, rEFIt, booting Debian 6.0.1a netinstall CD, installing packages etc.) I followed a tutorial [URL] to install grub explicitly with force after installing and running gptsync. Everything went according to the tutorial and I rebooted to be welcomed by rEFIt and then grub: perfect!

BUT when I chose Debian in the grub-selection list, I only see a few lines of starting the kernel, and then my screen goes all black. A few seconds later I hear a sound, and iirc it's the sound of gdm prompting to select a user. I cannot switch to a TTY and I have to use the power-button to shut the system down.

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Nov 8, 2011

I'm new to the Debian, but not to Linux. I've previously used Ubuntu for a few years, so I know something about how a successful installation should look like. I'm currently using Windows 7.

I downloaded the debian-6.0.3-amd64-gnome-netinst.iso from [URL] ...., and then made a USB pendrive using the Windows version of Unetbootin. The MD5 sum for the .iso-file was the correct one, b663727d7f5b572c329cea8e2ff5e29c.

I used the usual non-graphical setup, without any special options. The installation process went without hiccups until the "Starting up the partitioner" -screen freezes at "Scanning disks...". The bar stops at 50%. It never progresses any farther, even after an hour. It doesn't give any errors either. After I pressed Alt+F4, the last lines were:

Code: Select allpartman:   No matching physical volumes found
partman:   No volume groups found
partman:   Reading all physical volumes. This may take a while...
partman-lvm:   No volumegroups found

Exactly the same happens with firmware-6.0.3-amd64-netinst.iso too, or any of the live versions I tried. The result of graphical installation was also nothing. The USB pendrive created by LinuxLive USB Creator was nonoperative in exactly the same way.

The computer is brand new, without any previous OS installations. My desktop computer has the following parts:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T, AM3, 2.8 GHz (HDT55TFBGRBOX)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3, AM3+, AMD 970, DDR3, ATX
Videocard: Gigabyte GT 430
Memory: Kingston 2x2 GB, DDR3 1066MHz, CL7 (KVR1066D3N7K2/4G)
Harddrive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ
Powersupply: OCZ 600W ModXstream, ATX 2.2, (OCZ600MXSP-EU)

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Jan 3, 2016

I'm trying to perform a clean installation of 8.0.0-i386 from a CD. Seven consecutive attempts all result in the same issue: Almost immediately after commiting the disk partitioning settings (i.e., to begin formatting), the computer does a hard restart. I have tried doing the partitioning as early as possible in the installation process, just in case the system is running out of memory; I have also tried using the lowmem option. I suspect the problem may be related to my very old hardware...

Micronics serverboard 440BX chipset*
Dual Pentium II 450MHz CPUs*
Adaptec AHA-2940UW SCSI adapter
IBM Ultrastar 36GB UW-SCSI HDD
Matrox G100 AGP video card*
*starred items are all original parts from an Intergraph server with validation/verification stickers attesting to their intercompatibility

No POST errors, the HDD passed verification using the Adaptec ROM utility, all unnecessary hardware removed

Could it be that I need an older release or some custom-compiled kernel? The only thing I could come up with on the web was that a lot of people have a similar failure with modern distros on non-PAE CPUs, but the P-II should not be susceptible to this problem.

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Dec 1, 2014

I'm trying to install Debian Jessie beta2 on a UEFI laptop. The installation worked just fine before with setting in manual partitioning an EFI system partition and a root partition.But when I try to partition with root as an encrypted volume I get this error when I wanna write changes to disk:" the attempt to mount a file system with type vfat in scsi1 partition sda at /boot/efi failed"When I choose resume partitioning the installer then freezes at "detect file systems".

Because my harddrive needs specific alignment I've made beforehand in gdisk:EFI System Partition of 100mib at /dev/sda1/boot partition of 512mib at /dev/sda2/ (because I expect the installer to want a /boot too for an encrypted device)rest of harddrive reserved for root at /dev/sda3

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Dec 6, 2010

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I want to add tabs at the beginning of each line, from line 6 to line 12. How?

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.....missing displays....

.....missing displays....

.....missing displays....

As I said, there are days when the system is not restarting, but more often it does. For example, on 6th and 8th October it didn't restart, but on 7th it did, and the messages are the same.

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Aug 28, 2015

I am hosting a home server to make developing stuff easier. And because I don't need my server all day and night I automatically start and shut it down. For starting I use Wake-On-Lan (etherwake) and to shut it down I am using my RaspberryPi. Finally I have a problem doing that: When I use WOL to start my home server it works perfect. But when I try to shut it down, I have to do that twice. After the first shutdown it restarts automatically even when no WOL-Package is sent.

I am using Debian 8.1 Mate as os.

My stop script is:

Code: Select allsshpass -p<password> ssh root@server.home.lan shutdown -h now

and I start it with

Code: Select allsudo etherwake <mac address>

both times using a cron job on my RPi.

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After watching a video, it stopped. If I don't look at it for a few days, it stops.

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Now my entire disk is erased, it has no partitions on it, and all data is lost...

How do i retrieve my data from the erased disk, and why did Fedora want to do this to my disk?

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On linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-22-generic root=UUID=3df857a3-9c1b-4fd3-b0fc-52838eaa2023 ro quiet splash I changed it tolinux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-22-generic root=UUID=3df857a3-9c1b-4fd3-b0fc-52838eaa2023 ro nomodeset singleand press 'ctrl-x' and log in the startx .it worked but I couldnt save this setting so for every reboot I had to do all things above .after that I download and install the Nvidia driver for ubuntu , but after restarting it went to froze purple screen

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I installed latest stable debian lenny. However when I want to switch to a virtual console by pressing Alt+Ctrl+F(1-6) the X server is restarted and I get the gdm login screen. When I kill gdm, virtual console switching works fine. How to switch a to a terminal and return to my X session by pressing Alt+Ctrl+F7?

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I've been running Debian 8 jessie at the screen's native resolution (1280x800) via the following hack: [URL]

What's bugging me is that at random intervals, my screen shuts off while the laptop is still running, forcing me to hard reset.

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Jan 12, 2010

I burned a copy of Ubuntu 9.10 and decided to use it to build up my little server. All was well initially. The CD booted, the language selection came up (I selected English), then there was the option to Try, Install, boot from first hard-drive, etc. I chose install and figured I'd nuke the original drive since everything that I need is off there. The little Ubuntu logo came up (it was shining/pulsating) for about 5 minutes. This went on for some time (the DVD-ROM spinning the entire time furiously) and then..The screen went black and there was a message saying that there was no input to the monitor (as some monitors are prone to do if you unplug/loosen the cable.) I rebooted, burned new CDs, etc. To no avail!

I have an HP (quite reliable in the past.)
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Apr 10, 2010

I have Lenny installed on an Imac G4, running command line only. It's primary purpose will be SSH.

I would like to know how I can turn off the screen when I'm not using it. It will be left on running other things for periods of time, and I want to save power. (and the screen)

Since the screen is built-in, it might have a similar solution to what I would do with a laptop. On the other hand, there are no shortcut keys to dim the screen like on a laptop.

Because it is command line mode only, I will need to know what commands to use to dim or shut off the screen, or to configure an auto-off time limit.

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Feb 17, 2011

I'm trying to get my iMac G3 on the internet. I'm running Lenny. I have two options: I could (ideally) get the ethernet to work, or else I could use my phone (Palm Pre Plus) as a modem, which I've done under Ubuntu (the GNOME applet makes it a snap, but I can't figure out what it's doing on the command-line side of things).

Relevant line from lspci:
ryan@dinosaur:~$ lspci
0002:20:0f.0 Ethernet controller: Apple Computer Inc. UniNorth GMAC (Sun GEM) (rev ff)

Relevant line from lsusb:
ryan@dinosaur:~$ lsusb
Bus 002 Device 005: ID 0830:0101 Palm, Inc.

ifconfig lists only the local loopback and nothing else.I've googled and googled and googled for drivers but can't seem to find any--same for getting the Pre to work as a modem. Like I said, I can get the Pre working flawlessly under Ubuntu but I can't find no matter how much I search the proper way to connect it using Linux.

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