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: 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]
I installed Xubuntu (Karmic 9.10) several times on an old iMac G3 with powerpc processor. Previously I had installed versions as 6.06 and 6.10 succesfully. But no luck this time. All installs were succesfull if alternate cd's were used.
The problem is that when i boot up i see the bootloader 'yaboot' and after that shortly the mouse logo from Xubuntu. After that the screen turns black and the indication light from the powerbutton turns from green to orange, this means no signal (i guess).
I assume that my screen resolution is wrong and cannot be displayed, the Mac uses 1024x768 if i am right.
My question is : How to access any configuration file to change resolution as I believe is the problem?
Edit: Perhaps there is a way to access command line to change config files.. ? Or using a live CD, but this computer is low on memory and has a hard time using live-CD's.
I've installed a fresh Debian amd64 DVD version on my small HP Compaq 6537s / AMD Athlon X2 / 64. Everything went fine, I rebooted, the graphical login screen appeared, so I thought I will be able at last to run Debian on a computer ...
But then after login, the login Window disappeared, the "Debian" logo too, and... that's all folks! A nice blank screen. But the mouse is still perfectly drawn, so it's kind of weird.
Here's what tells me "uname -a" :
Linux olivierdebian 2.6.26-2-amd64 #1 SMP Sun Nov 21 09:17:22 UTC 2010 x86_64 GNU/Linux
If I go to CTRL-ALT-F1, i login as root and I do a "/etc/init.d/gdm restart", I have the login screen back and this is once again the same scenario: login => ok => blank screen with mouse properly drawn and the Debian background color still there.
I installed Jessie day before yesterday on a freshly formatted partition. After a random time, it hangs. If I am playing music at the time, the music continues for a few more seconds _after_ the mouse and keyboard become unresponsive, if that is useful.
Sine I did not understand how to pick the desktop during the installation, I installed Gnome. Afterwards, I installed KDE. Now I have a lot of Gnome stuff around I don't really need. But they are in principle compatible, right?
This morning, the hang was almost immediate after logging on. Only Iceweasl and Amarok and a Konsole were running. I attempted to start Icedove, when everything hung.
Here is the relevant part of the syslog.
Dec 8 07:41:38 jon-desktop rsyslogd: [origin software="rsyslogd" swVersion="8.4.2" x-pid="775" x-info="http://www.rsyslog.com"] rsyslogd was HUPed ^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^
I have a Sony Vaio PCG-k195hp laptop, in which i've installed Ubuntu 10.04. Before installation i tried the Livedisk environment to make sure that everything would work out okay.
The results were fine, ubuntu even got the onboard Wireless card working which was causing problems in windows. But after the install ubuntu has become erratic. It sometimes boots and does a lot of work but other times it'll boot and freeze as soon as i move the mouse, or even earlier. I am pretty certain the CD was not the cause as i've already used it to install 10.04 in another system and i'm writing from it right now. I got the 10.04 iso on the day it came out and thought that maybe it wasn't complete so tried updating my install, but it had an error during the update installation.
Now even the live CD won't work as it hangs in the loading screen.
I have a 27 inch iMac with ATI Radeon HD 4670, and 8GB of Ram. When I try to boot a 64 bit Linux Mint LiveCD, I get a black screen as soon as the X server loads. Are there any, up to date, 64 bit debian/ubunt based liveCD's, That work ob my hardware? In general, what distribution works the best with Apple Hardware?
I have an iMac G4 that I installed Jessie on successfully. However, when it boots, one of the last messages is:
[FAILED] Failed to start Load Kernel Modules.
Last line is something along the lines of:
fb: switching to nouveaufb from OFfb NVDA,NVMac
And then the text starts dissolving, and the entire screen cycles through different colors. I presume it is sitting at the graphical login prompt but it's not displaying correctly.
Based on some Google searches, it seems like I should be able to resolve this by editing /etc/modules but I can't get to that point. I have tried to get to a terminal using ctrl-alt-F1 through ctrl-alt-F12. No luck. I tried different yaboot options that were supposed to avoid using the video driver. No luck. How do I get the machine to boot straight to a regular text login instead of the X one?
This machine worked fine running Mac OS X this morning, so I don't think it's the hardware. What I can do.
I have downloaded the latest testing image today (debian-testing-amd64-kde-CD-1.iso), install went just fine.
On boot, I get as far as the KDE login screen, where my user and password are seemingly accepted. Seemingly, as after this point, the screen is a complete mess. This 'mess' differs between attempts: it could be full of black and white squares, themselves made up of noise pixels; once it was like a normal screen after it had been through a blender, i.e. bits of the DE but awfully mixed up. (My judgement would be that the video pointers is set to point at the wrong part of memory... or is that my old-school point of view getting in the way? Whichever, it provides you with an idea of what it looks like.)
Running on an Nvidia GTS250 card, with two monitors (2 x DVI).
I have not installed any NV propriety drivers, as this is the first boot(s).
There is no xorg.conf present on the system; and I cannot find anything obvious in xorg.log (but then, I wouldn't know what to look for).
I use grub legacy, from my existing PCLOS partition (though this should not be an issue as I get as far as the KDE login screen, pretty as please).
Regarding the install itself, I took the above mentioned testing image as a way to get Squeeze. I assume this was the right way to do this at current time.
I decide to install F15 (other machines run F14) and after a pretty smooth install and reboot, I try to login and get the message "Oh no, something has gone wrong. A problem has occurred and the system can't recover. Please log out and try again". But no matter how long I try, I keep getting this message. Then I go to crt-alt-F2, and try to "yum install gnome-panel". Then it shows that I don't have any network connection at all, even though I did install my network. I'm thinking of installing F14 now.
I have tried to install openSuse several times and the same problem would persistRight after installation, when the prompt to log in shows up, I enter a username and a password, but it says that login failed. I am sure I type in the correct data as I have written down the username and the password I register during the installation.Also, after the installation finishes, the computer restarts automatically, though instead of restarting it goes into a mode similar to stand by. The screen is blank and the media buttons of the keyboard are lit, but nothing happens, so I just restart manually. Could this have something to do with it
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 : fsck.fat 3.0.27 (2014-11-12) [ 10.715690]systemd-fsck : /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.
I've successfully installed Debian testing (squeeze) on my old iMac G3. I didn't select a desktop environment as a preconfigured package, but only left "standard system utilities" checked.Once I rebooted, I logged in as root (on the command line) and ran "apt-get install xfce4 xfce4-goodies gnome-icon-theme xdm", let all that pull in and installd then rebooted. As the system was booting, I could see all the services starting and whatnot, but when it gets to the line "Starting xdm..." the screen changes to black, but stays black for a good 2 minutes. I tried hitting some keys on the keyboard, as well as typingy login credentials, even though I can't see them, but nothing seems to work. I've tried rebooting several times
I'm hoping someone can point me in the right direction. I've tried Google searching and searching this forum, but haven't found something similar to my issue. Yesterday, I installed 10.04 off of the live CD onto my Toshiba Satellite A45-S250 laptop (P4 2.8, 1GB RAM).
The main problem is: -if the computer sits idle for more than about 5 minutes, the display will freeze. Image stays on screen, but the computer appears to be non responsive to all input.
-I thought it was a screen saver at first, but it happens even with the screen saver disabled. -I can still SSH into the machine from my desktop computer. I get a normal prompt, and it seems to be working fine from the shell. This is how I have been restarting or shutting down the machine after a freeze.
Secondary issues (that may help diagnose the problem):Even when this laptop appears to be functioning normally (pre-freeze), I cannot switch to any virtual terminals. Well, I can, but when I get there, something is not right. The text does not display properly. It sort of strobes on and off near the top right hand of the screen. -On shutdown, I get a weird colorful displays of what I can best describe as "static". The closing splash screen may just blink on for a second. Other than that the screen stays black until the machine shuts down.
-I've run versions of Ubuntu going back to Breezy on this machine, mostly without issue, and it has been a full time Ubuntu machine since the release of 8.04. These symptoms all appear to be related to video / display.
I recently installed a fresh copy of ubuntu 10.04 on my desktop computer which also has windows xp installed on it.The problem i`m facing with the installation is that,the system randomly freezes and i`m unable to use anything(MOUSE,SHORTCUT KEYS etc..,)All i could do is to go ahead and perform a hard restart using the power button.
Ubuntu 10.04 64 bit, GNOME desktop. Previous install (same OS) gave an error when switching users. Did a fresh install, and now the keyboard and mouse freeze. This happens almost every session. I have to force shutdown. Sometimes it happens in 5 minutes, other times it happens in 4 hours. I don't want to sound like a jerk, but the Ubuntu problems are starting to get to me. I really want to use this. I like it, but I'm getting frustrated. 9.10 had wireless problems, and now I'm getting this freezing thing. Both the keyboard and mouse are USB connections. Everything else works when the freeze occurs, i.e., video's still play, web browser is still displaying gifs, etc. Only the mouse and keyboard freeze. All other operations seem normal.
I haven't used Debian in 1 year or so and would like to know if there is any possible way to do a fresh installation of Debian Lenny or Squeeze (either or) and not install Exim? I get to the package selection section of the Debian Installer and I de-select "Desktop Environment" & "Standard System" so nothing is selected and it still be default installs Exim. Is there a way to omit this from the install?
I recently have started playing with various distros (Mostly just Zorin and Debian) and have been trying to find a GUI I can actually comfortably use without wanting to punch my screen. This lead me to cinnamon which looks like something I could actually use.
I performed a fresh installation of Debian Jessie without the desktop environment and print server (System Utilities or whatever that option is called was left checked) and after the system installed and booted I proceeded to login as the root and install cinnamon. Unfortunately afterwards my system would be nothing but a black screen with a box saying that cinnamon had crashed and was running in fallback mode.
However if I let a fresh installation install the default GUI of xfce and then perform the cinnamon installation, cinnamon will install and run. My question is why doesn't a clean install with cinnamon work but installing cinnamon after another gui does? I don't get any apparent error messages beyond cinnamon crashing and I'm still fairly new to Linux.
System is hanging during boot after a successful fresh install via netinstall disk. Never makes it to any GUI or prompt. However, it does still respond to CTRL-ALT-DEL (not completely frozen).Default debian installation with one exception - KDE checkbox was checked for installation. Everything else was default, with "use full disk with GRUB" option chosen.The boot process appears to hang during the service starts. It appears that the start job for "Create Static De..." is not actually ever completing. I don't know how to troubleshoot that any further than I have.
This is running on hardware, it is not a virtual machine. 480GB SSD, i7, 16GB of RAM, AMD R9 390 (I dunno if this is the problem, but it seems a likely culprit).There are no other disks attached. I have verified successful memtest completions (0 failures) and hard disk is intact and working fine (I have swapped for another disk, and the same thing happens as well).
My skill level with Linux is relatively low. I have proficiency using it and programming for it, but not much in the way of troubleshooting/ installation/ drivers.
Here is an album of "screenshots" (phone photos) of the boot sequence in debug: URL....I tried booting straight to console by removing "quiet" from boot options and changing to "text", but it does not alter the outcome in any discernible way.
I am having a problem with my new Toshiba Satellite Laptop... I had installed debian for some time but last week suddenly stopped working.
- the computer stopped working at all... nor bios access. - I did a new bootable installation in USB drive and downloaded the latest debian iso from official website and created the bootable device via dd as usual. - I installed the new debian but after I removed the usb drive in order to boot into my new system. I was taken to a screen saying "Start PXE over IPv6 -- Start PXE over IPv4 ..." I followed several links looking for a fix, and all of them lead me to disable network boot option in BIOS setup... - I disabled but after that it appears a new message "No Bootable device -- Press restart system" and nothing happens from there. - I have found info in Internet regarding this issue, but all I find is "windows related" - Someone recommended me this: "The BIOS can no longer recognize the hard drive as a bootable device. This could be for a number of reasons. Your best bet, if it is still under warranty, is going to be to bring it back to where you purchased it" - But instead, what I did was to create a new bootable device, this time containing XUBUNTU and installed it to the machine, I had the good news that the installation proceed without any problem, so I could figured out that my machine it is still alive... - Back to my issue and hoping that something unexpected happened that fixed the machine, I got back and did a new Debian bootable device, also hoping that the latest was corrupted or something, but after reboot to my new system... the problem persisted again. - I chose to have 1 partition in full disk.
Now I don't know what else to do... I don't like ubuntu, I have used debian for some years and I want to keep using it and I would not like to be forced to move to ubuntu or xubuntu for this.
I have a VIA Epia M 5000 system with 2 western digital 1TB NAS SATA drives connected through SATA<->IDE adapter. Everything installs and writes as expected except... grub. It never boots, after a message 'Grub loading' I always get 'error: no such disk'. I've tried numerous times and has been attemping to fix the issue for the past 2 days.
/dev/sda 0.999TB 0xfd linux raid autodetect partition 1GB 0xfd linux raid autodetect, logical partition
/dev/sdb exactly the same 0.999TB 0xfd linux raid autodetect partition 1GB 0xfd linux raid autodetect
/dev/md0 RAID1 of /dev/sda1 and /dev/sdb1 marked as ext4, boot point /
/dev/md1 RAID1 of /dev/sda5 and /dev/sdb5 marked as swap
update-grub2 in rescue mode generates grub.cfg with SET root=/mduuid/UUID_OF_SDA1 then after that there's search --no-floppy etc --set root=/mduuid/UUID_OF_MD0
I'm writing this from memory but simply the two uuids are different. Is this correct? I get those UUIDs to compare from blkid. All partitions are marked as bootable. grub-install /dev/sda and grub-install /dev/sdb produces no errors. grub-install /dev/md0 does not work, complains about superblocks or something similar.
Grub.cfg file contains insmod raid mdraid1x and similar lines, so that should be ok. Grub drops to rescue mode with message error: no such disk. Not device, but disk. Google finds many results for 'no such device' error, but I am not getting that error. 'ls' produces (hd0) (hd0,msdos1) (hd1) (hd1,msdos1) ls ANY_VALID_PATH produces empty newline being printed, nothing more.
setting prefixes manually does not work, with error message 'error: file not found'. ls (hd0,msdos1)/boot/grub also produces empty line being printed. Rescue CD and auto-assemble of md0 and md1 works, the files are there, everything okay, except grub.
Every where I look online, people are posting ridiculous non-working ways to upgrade their system from one release to another--they do not work for me and I need a definite expert reply. I am working with a fresh install of Debian Lenny/Stable and wish to upgrade to the frozen Squeeze distribution. Supplementing the word "squeeze" in place of "lenny" in my sources.list file does not work and believe this to be an inappropriate way of upgrading. I have tried upgrading apt, dpkg, and aptitude before beginning the upgrade process, cleaning dpkg cache, rebooting, etc.
After updating the above packages I tried all methods of upgrading: safe-upgrade, full-upgrade, and dist-upgrade. All produce dependency problems and try to remove the gnome-desktop package or upgrade everything else except gnome-desktop. (Other packages are also affected, gnome-desktop is the most important in this instance). As I understand it, when upgrading you can comment out the volatile repositories as well as the security updates, is this correct?--either way I have tried countless combination's off commenting/uncommenting to try to get the needed results. I do not want use sid repos or reinstall.
I have just installed Kubuntu 10.04, but can't login into it. I enter correct user/pass, then it tries to go into KDE, but suddenly drop back to login window.The same situation with failsafeX.A olso tried different users and several times reinstalled Kubuntu. Here is my "~/.xsession-errors"
Xsession: X session started for metrofun at Wed Jun 30 20:04:22 EEST 2010 konsole(1091)/kdeui (kdelibs): Attempt to use QAction "change-profile" with KXMLGUIFactory! x-terminal-emulator: ../../src/xcb_io.c:385: _XAllocID: Assertion `ret !=
I tried to update one of my home machines with a fresh install. This is far from new to me so I did not expect any problem. But I was proven wrong. First: did install the system as usual. First anomaly: system blocked during the install process but did restart it flawlessly one I tried to eject the DVD from the player. It needed actually that intervention to retake working. It then went to install and froze during the first system start. I rebooted with failsafe settings, it then correctly configured. I reached a beautiful desktop. I performed the updates from the update repository and I joined the nvidia proprietary driver repository (which updated to the G02 driver).
I then rebooted the machine and now I am in trouble. In normal mode the system (dual boot Opensuse, XP) does not boot at all and freezes immediately after hitting enter as before. In safe mode it goes further but does not reach X anymore. It blocks with the following line statement: "system console stolen at line 266". I then tried "startx". But the system goes into a scrolling loop that does not allow me to read the output. how to get at least the error message of the loop? I read some line passing by that the system might have an X11 authorization problem.
Athlon Phenom X4 905e Nividea G7600 graphic card Former system installed and running flawlessly: 11.1
I have a 20" 2.0 GHz iMac G5 Rev B and I'm trying to boot the live CD on it. I used to have a small ubuntu partition before on this computer, but I repartitioned it to OS X only when I left it as a family computer. I had no problems with it back then (I think it was 10.04). I've tried booting with several options. Booting by typing in live or live-powerpc64 get the computer to a blue screen with the top bar and cursor, before the cursor stops moving, the computer freezes, and the fans kick up to full. Trying with video=ofonly gets the new left bar thingy to show but freezes as soon as I try to click anything.