Xubuntu live CD won't boot on my PowerBook

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by CJRhoades, Jul 12, 2009.

  1. CJRhoades macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2007
    Lafayette, IN
    Basically, my old Powerbook G4's hard drive died and I figured I could just use a live cd in the meantime. Sure it takes a long time to boot up and open apps but I was just going to use it for quick web searches.

    So, I got the latest PPC Xubuntu ISO (9.04) and burned it to a 700meg CD-RW. It's hard to explain what happens next so I made a video. If your wondering what the loud clicky noise is when I hit the power button, it's the dead hard drive trying to work.


    Any idea's on what to do? I'm not an experienced linux user but I know a few things.
  2. gorn macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2009
    The clicking at the beginning is indeed your dead hard drive.

    The video distortion is because linux is incorrectly identifying your resolution. There is some kernel argument you can type at the boot prompt to specify the resolution. It might be vga=761 (From memory, could be wrong) for 1024x768, but it might be different on apple hardware. Google ppc linux framebuffer resolution kernel argument and you should probably find something.

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