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Emac on crack

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Kareshnaka, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie


    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?
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Ubuntu seems to be popular.
  3. macrumors newbie


    I don't want to use ubuntu because power pc processors aren't supported any more.
  4. macrumors 68000


    There is community support and it's actually pretty stable (at least as of 9.04, haven't tried 10.04):


    Otherwise, if you want to learn a bit about custom installs, I suggest Debian with a Blackbox shell. Lightweight and fast!
  5. macrumors 65816


    Try yellowdog, it has PPC support.
  6. macrumors 68000


    That progress bar typically means it booting into safe mode. Most likely because there is something wrong with the hard drive.
  7. macrumors member

    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.
  8. macrumors newbie


    I am going to use debian.
  9. macrumors 65816


    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! :p

    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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