iMac G3 - Running Ubuntu?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by gohome190, Feb 18, 2007.

  1. gohome190 macrumors regular

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    I'd like to try running Ubuntu (6.06) on my G3 400 iMac. Is there a tutorial on how to do this? Or... at least ow do i get to boot mode? I'm running OSX.

    Thanks
     
  2. the7dwarfs macrumors newbie

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    Just put the Ubuntu CD in and reboot holding the C key down. The install is fairly self explanatory.
     
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    Well... I hold down the C key with the Ubuntu live CD in. It doesn't do anything; just boots to OSX. Ummm... ideas?
     
  5. the7dwarfs macrumors newbie

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    You need to keep hold of the C key while the computer boots to tell it to boot from the CD. Also are you sure you have a power pc version of Ubuntu?
     
  6. gohome190 thread starter macrumors regular

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    ohhh! I was using the windows CD! I thought it was all the same! How dumb... Can you get the power pc download from ubuntu.com?


    I feel dumb. I should have known when i saw that ".exe" file.
     
  7. the7dwarfs macrumors newbie

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    Its not a windows or mac specific CD, there are different ones for different processor architectures, you will need the ppc version and yes its available from the ubuntu website.
     
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  9. Stinkythe1 macrumors regular

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    I just got done installing xubuntu on a B&W Powermac g3, and it wasn't that easy.

    If holding down C doesn't work (like it didn't for me) you will have to go into Open Firmware and boot from the CD from there.

    When the computer is first booting up, hold down Apple+Option+O+F

    then type

    boot cd:,\\yaboot

    then type "install" at the prompt.

    Be careful not to delete your Mac OS partition. I didn't have to worry about this because mine is just a linux box.
     
  10. gohome190 thread starter macrumors regular

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    So, will I have to partition my hard drive before I install Ubuntu? Or will there be an option to do it during the installation?

    thanks
     
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    Okay, I got to the open firmware screen. Yet when I type "boot cd:,\\yaboot" I get a "LOAD-SIZE is too small".

    Umm... can anyone help?

    Thanks... again :)
     
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