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    Re: iMac G3

    Maybe you could force an early fsck with the alternate or live installer - I'd have to look that up again.

    You could also check the cd for errors. With my alternate installer, at the second stage of the yaboot boot: prompt, hit -tab- to get a list of options.

    For 32-bit ppc
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    Re: iMac G3

    What is weird is the checksum5 matches after I download the iso, it matches after I burn it to disc, but it fails when I check the disc when I put it in the iMac.

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    Re: iMac G3

    It seems to be pointing to the cd-rom. Is the lens dirty? Maybe blow it out with some air? The cdrom could just be on it's last legs.

    Some things I'd try:

    Where are you downloading the images from btw?

    You could try a different brand of media. Or, perhaps fall back to an older release that might have different timing in the drivers - I'd give Feisty 7.04 "alternate" a try - just to see if you have a corner-case with timing issues.
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    Re: iMac G3

    Thank you for you help. I have given up on it, I believe it is a bad cd drive and is not worth replacing. Thank again for the responses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emackey3k View Post
    Thank you for you help. I have given up on it, I believe it is a bad cd drive and is not worth replacing. Thank again for the responses.
    The fact that OpenFirmware was able to load the Linux kernel from the CD and execute it seems to indicate that the CD-Rom drive is working fine. Much more likely is that the ide/pmac.c driver that controls both the CD-Rom and hard disk has been broken by recent modifications to the code.

    I suggest capturing the output of the 'dmesg' command and filling out a bug report on the Linux kernel bugzilla.

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