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PPC + Debian

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AndrewB's picture
Joined: 2005-12-18

Hey all.

I have a Power Macintosh G3 (Baige). I would like to install GNU/Debian Linux but I have a major problem. The cd-drive is broken. I cant boot or mount anything(in mac os 9). I have read about doing it by floppy on I have burnt a few images to floppy and cant seem to boot any. Am I right in saying you dont need to hit any certain keys to boot from floppy? What image should I be using?

libervisco's picture
Joined: 2006-05-04
Your best bet would probably

Your best bet would probably be a network install of some sort. I've never done anything like that, but maybe it's possible to download the necessary files to a partition just to boot from it and then do the rest from there.

As for floppies I imagine that would be very slow even to build the most basic system, but I think that you don't need special keys or settings to boot from it, but I'm not sure how it goes with a Mac. Can you get to your BIOS and change boot settings there?

a thing's picture
Joined: 2005-12-20
new CD drive

Unless it's an iMac, I think the easiest way to do it would be to put in a new CD drive.

Whistler's picture
Joined: 2006-01-03



5.1.5. Booting from Floppies

Booting from floppies is supported for PowerPC, although it is generally only applicable for OldWorld systems. NewWorld systems are not equipped with floppy drives, and attached USB floppy drives are not supported for booting.

You will have already downloaded the floppy images you needed and created floppies from the images in Section 4.3, “Creating Floppies from Disk Images”.

To boot from the boot-floppy-hfs.img floppy, place it in floppy drive after shutting the system down, and before pressing the power-on button.


For those not familiar with Macintosh floppy operations: a floppy placed in the machine prior to boot will be the first priority for the system to boot from. A floppy without a valid boot system will be ejected, and the machine will then check for bootable hard disk partitions.

After booting, the root.bin floppy is requested. Insert the root floppy and press Enter. The installer program is automatically launched after the root system has been loaded into memory.

So try recreating the floppies and see if it's working. (Have you used the x86 or other versions by mistake?)

s/GNU\/Debian\ Linux/Debian\ GNU\/Linux/

AndrewB's picture
Joined: 2005-12-18
Ok, I screwedit up even

Ok, I screwedit up even more. Will get back to you when I have chance to play with it...

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