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Old Jul 14, 2010, 03:47 PM   #1
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Emac on crack

I found an emac on the street, I took it home and plugged it in. It worked for about a month. then, when I turned it on it does not boot mac os. it just shows the apple symbol and a progress indicator and does not go further than that. I think the hard drive crashed. I can't re-install os x because, well, i don't have the install disks. I don't want to pay for tham either. I know there are linux OSes that can boot on an emac. any suggestions on whitch one to use?
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Old Jul 14, 2010, 03:48 PM   #2
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Ubuntu seems to be popular.
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Old Jul 14, 2010, 03:57 PM   #3
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I don't want to use ubuntu because power pc processors aren't supported any more.
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Old Jul 14, 2010, 05:43 PM   #4
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There is community support and it's actually pretty stable (at least as of 9.04, haven't tried 10.04):

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PowerPCDownloads

Otherwise, if you want to learn a bit about custom installs, I suggest Debian with a Blackbox shell. Lightweight and fast!
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Old Jul 14, 2010, 05:44 PM   #5
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Try yellowdog, it has PPC support.
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Old Jul 14, 2010, 05:54 PM   #6
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That progress bar typically means it booting into safe mode. Most likely because there is something wrong with the hard drive.
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Old Jul 15, 2010, 07:06 PM   #7
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I run 9.04 ubu on my 1.25, and it runs swell. Just a heads up though when that happened to me I ended up with a crashed hdd.
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Old Jul 20, 2010, 06:15 PM   #8
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I am going to use debian.
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Old Jul 21, 2010, 07:56 AM   #9
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If the harddrive took a dump, I would worry about replacing it more then which linux to install. Linux is free, so try them all I say!

Yellowdog has been doing it for a very very long time so I would think their PPC support is better then some of the other ones, but who knows.
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