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Hi

I have an ibook G4 (1.07 ghz 1.25 gb ram ati 9400) and when I try to run the live cd the radeon driver crashes with a ring error. I may have more issues later, but I want to install and this is my first issue. How do I put kernel params in like nomodeset / how do I fix this. This is only in livecd by the way.

Thanks for the help!
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uhhh wait do you mean at grub?  There is no grub guys its yaboot
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Am I cranky?  Yes.
Why>  I'm stuck at a stupid ass super bowl party with my mom after logging all damn day and all she did was fukck around and I want to go to bed.

Fuck this.
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Does anyone know of a free and open source OS for PPC that isn't linux or BSD?  Feel free to post about it!
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I have put MorphOS on both of my powerpc systems and it is way better than anything apple could have done.  Web browsing is there and where ever thge community is hiding these guys are dedicated and educated badasses.  I love it.
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Does anyone have a 10.6 iso? I have gotten so far now without giving apple any money. I ADORE this hardware, but I hate what the ompany does. Obviously 20 bucks is silly to flip over, but another thought is to sell what I have and buy new but thats not for this forum.
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I have been playing with emulators on my ibook G4.  Anyone else use emulators for GBA or other systems? :D
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Today I want to post about hard drives in ibook G4's and what you SHOULD and SHOULD NOT do.  My ibook is the worst model available in mid-2004 with some random addons that make it probably the best one that you could never buy.

1.07 PPC 7447-A
1.25 GB Ram
80 GB HDD
ATi 9200
SuperDrive

Not combo, super.

Now, if you pick up an ibook akd want to change the HDD out you basically have about 3 options for companies for VERY specific reasons.

Seagate
Western Digital
HGST

You are lucky to have Seagate or HGST.  If you have a WD drive you are screwed.  If you look at an IDE HDD for a laptop you have the standard pins there for data and power, then 4 off to the side for jumpers.  What apple did at some point was make a deal with these companies to put HDD sensors in the drives themselves.  With seagate and HGLT the sensors are in the drives in the first place for SMART status, but the WD drives that had the sensors built in were either expensive or for apple only.

Now, back to the jumper wires.  When you plug a hard drive into your ibook it will also have the jumpers in that section of the plug to manage HDD modes, states, and sensor use.  ALL seagate and HGST drives have these sensors and the machine will boot up fine.  Only a couple WD models have them and they die easily.  If your ddrive does NOT have these sensors the laptop will freeze on boot, not detect anything (even in the alt boot menu) and then freeze, or not turn on ever.  Well....  At least until you take the drive out.

TL;DR don't use WD drives in your ibook.  They don't have sensors built in for SMART and the ibook won't know what to do so it won't boot correctly.  Use HGST or Seagate.
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When you get this rolling you should consider a model that is basically a modern amiga as soon as the hardware is proven out and tested.
 
I think you can be interested in this. we need to strengthen our community so I want to invite you to subscribe our newsletter and support us in the way you can. http://www.powerpc-notebook.org/2016/01/selecting-components-for-the-gnulinux-powerpc-notebook/
We are selecting components for the GNU/Linux PowerPC Notebook, crowdfunding campaign will permit to design the motherboard and to produce five prototypes
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I hackintoshed a laptop and made it run OSX.  I am going to see what can run in Rosetta.
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As I posted earlier I said I had found an imac.  At a local parts depot, they take in all sorts of hardware from everywhere.  Closing businesses, whatever.  It never matters.  I thought I was picking up a G5but it turns out it was a core 2 duo.  The screen has a large fragment out of it so it has to be replaced but I will be going back tomorrow to pick up a cinema display and I will be checking the other imacs for one with a good screen.  I do not want to replace this one as it has a core 2 duo clocked at 2 ghz and an ati X1600.

This may make it off topic to talk about on this forum but I am excited about it nonetheless!
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