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Aug 7, 2010

Anyway, I've a decent understanding of the various Linux console commands and know how to work my way around a text editor or file system. But I can't seem to fix what's wrong with my computer. I'll list my info here and then discuss the most pressing issues that I need help with.

It's a 17" PowerBook G4, with Airport Extreme (which I understand is a headache all on its own: I'll likely get to that later)

Results of ~$ lspci:

I downloaded the most recent .iso for the PowerPC from [url], specifically the 4.4 GB DVD copy.

During installation, I told it to install only the Desktop Environment and Base System. Installation went through without a hitch, though it failed to connect properly to my Wireless card.

The first issue I encounter after booting is during the login. When logging in as a non-root user, I'm told to change my password immediately (root enforced). I've done this every time I've logged in. Immediately after when I log in I'm told that the system clock is wrong: It's currently set to Jan. 1, 1970. If I try to change it, I get a message saying that I can't, and my desktop won't load properly. If I ignore the system clock issue and try to change it in System > Administration > Time and Date later, after entering my admin password I get a message that says

Failed to run time-admin as user root.

Failed to communicate with gksu-helper.


Changing password for root.

While expecting:

Apparently the password issue is related to the Time and Date settings (according to Google), but I can't fix those because it wants me to change my password.

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