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Prombar
Nov 15, 2008, 01:10 PM
i reacantly tryed to isntall mac os X leopard and it first deleted my hard drive (if i turn it on it get the folder with the finder face and a question mark) But the DVD didnt work so i just have this desktop machine sitting here so i thought i would try to install ubuntu on it SO I GO INTO THE the boot options by holding down option after the start up sound

i pop in the cd and i hear it spining and then nothing comes up usally a cd icon comes up and you can click on it and jump into the cd

so i reboot it and hold C

... no dice it still didnt work
idk why its not booting off the cd

any suggestions


BTW I AM NOT CALLING APPLE dont tell me to call them please =]



Arne
Nov 15, 2008, 01:22 PM
just to be sure, you did download the PowerPC-Version of ubuntu, didn't you?

Prombar
Nov 15, 2008, 01:33 PM
just to be sure, you did download the PowerPC-Version of ubuntu, didn't you?

umm im using a cd that they send you from the mail

i ordered it

chris200x9
Nov 15, 2008, 01:43 PM
umm im using a cd that they send you from the mail

i ordered it

99.9% sure that would be x86 not power pc, ubuntu hasn't even had an "official" ppc port since like 6.10

see: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ports/releases/hardy/release/

or

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ports/releases/intrepid/release/ (for 8.10 it only has alternate install or server so only if you semi-know what you're doing)

Prombar
Nov 15, 2008, 01:53 PM
99.9% sure that would be x86 not power pc, ubuntu hasn't even had an "official" ppc port since like 6.10

see: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ports/releases/hardy/release/

or

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ports/releases/intrepid/release/ (for 8.10)

so i just burn this onto a cd and it will work

im looking for a desktop version not server

chris200x9
Nov 15, 2008, 01:56 PM
yes stick to ubuntu 8.04 with the desktop cd not alternate unless you kinda know what you are doing :)

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ports/releases/hardy/release/ubuntu-8.04.1-desktop-powerpc.iso happy linuxing!

Prombar
Nov 15, 2008, 02:02 PM
yes stick to ubuntu 8.04 with the desktop cd not alternate unless you kinda know what you are doing :)

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ports/releases/hardy/release/ubuntu-8.04.1-desktop-powerpc.iso

thanks ill comeback and tell you if it worked thanks dude =]

Prombar
Nov 15, 2008, 05:00 PM
yes stick to ubuntu 8.04 with the desktop cd not alternate unless you kinda know what you are doing :)

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ports/releases/hardy/release/ubuntu-8.04.1-desktop-powerpc.iso happy linuxing!

hmm after i boot into ubuntu its sarts up and the bar fills up and the screen goes black and nothing happends

chris200x9
Nov 15, 2008, 05:32 PM
nothing at all not even a command line? I don't know talk to people at ubuntuforums.org that is an ubuntu problem not mac.....although I don't now how good or quickly you will get answered since it's not an "official" port....

Prombar
Nov 15, 2008, 05:36 PM
nothing at all not even a command line? I don't know talk to people at ubuntuforums.org that is an ubuntu problem not mac.....although I don't now how good or quickly you will get answered since it's not an "official" port....

i get a command line that says

boot:

and i hit enter and it goes into the ubuntu loading bar and that fills up and the black

chris200x9
Nov 15, 2008, 06:17 PM
hmmmm....if you are not easily intimidated I would suggest a distro with a "proper" ppc port like gentoo or something ppc only like yellowdog.....I don't know I'm not really a linux guru(though I am pretty good if I do say so myself :P)

Prombar
Nov 15, 2008, 06:21 PM
hmmmm....if you are not easily intimidated I would suggest a distro with a "proper" ppc port like gentoo or something ppc only like yellowdog.....I don't know I'm not really a linux guru(though I am pretty good if I do say so myself :P)

Ohh no dude I'm cool with trying something different yeah a bit of a geek

which one do you recommend

chris200x9
Nov 15, 2008, 06:37 PM
Ohh no dude I'm cool with trying something different yeah a bit of a geek

which one do you recommend

I've never used yellowdog I hear some people complain alot about it but I've heard good things too....I personally I use gentoo but gentoo compiles everything from source I don't find it bad (I have a Q6600 OC'd to 3.0ghz) but for a g4 I could see it taking quiet a while to install anything.....I guess debian has a ppc port too....I would look through this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_Linux_distributions at the end it has a grid showing wich has a port to which arch....btw don't worry about ppc64 you just want ppc I think ppc64 was 64 bit extensions introduced in the g5....

Arne
Nov 16, 2008, 01:47 PM
if you want to give ubuntu another shot, try entering "live vga=791" (without the "") when it says boot:
the problem might be the resolution, the parameter above will set it to a lower value... if it works you will be happy to have a pretty good linux distro, especially if you haven't worked with linux before...

Prombar
Nov 20, 2008, 07:22 PM
if you want to give ubuntu another shot, try entering "live vga=791" (without the "") when it says boot:
the problem might be the resolution, the parameter above will set it to a lower value... if it works you will be happy to have a pretty good linux distro, especially if you haven't worked with linux before...

i tryed it

and it didnt work i think its not detecting my monitor

bengal85
Nov 20, 2008, 08:25 PM
Pretty sure that you got the wrong version. but if not there might be minimum requirements that are not being met on your computer (such as not enough ram, or not a fast enough processor)

rfruth
Nov 20, 2008, 08:46 PM
There is a active Mac / Ubuntu forum, check it out http://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=328

ddeadserious
Nov 20, 2008, 11:02 PM
They're pretty helpful on the Ubuntu forums, just search and make sure nobody else has had this problem, and then post up. They'll walk you through over there.

TDM21
Nov 21, 2008, 09:34 AM
I had the same exact issue out of a 8.10 disc I burnt to install on my PowerBook. I ended up having to go back, download and install 7.10, then upgrade it to 8.04. I guess there is something broken on the live CDs for PPC systems.

http://cdimages.ubuntu.com/ports/releases/7.10/release/

jodelli
Nov 21, 2008, 01:08 PM
I believe that PPC releases only go up to Edgy Eft 6.10; the 8.04 discs run on x86, either 32 or 64 bit depending on the installation. 7 uses Parallels to install.
http://www.simplehelp.net/2007/04/27/how-to-install-ubuntu-feisty-fawn-in-os-x-using-parallels-a-complete-walkthrough/