View Full Version : [PPC] iMac G5 iSight not booting Ubuntu

Joe of loath
November 28th, 2012, 03:59 PM
Hey there

I rescued an iMac G5 from a dumpster a few weeks back. It worked fine in OSX, but I want a real OS, not one that looks like it was designed by Crayola.

I've installed Lubuntu 12.10 and Kubuntu 12.04. Lubuntu booted OK, but all I got was a cursor. I uninstalled lightDM in the hope that I'd get a CLI and be able to startx manually, but it kept trying to load lightDM on boot and failing, then stalling at "Starting restore wound card(s) mixer state(s)... (fail)".

Kubuntu stalled at the same place, and so did the Ubuntu 12.04 live CD.

Anyone know what's up?


November 28th, 2012, 05:28 PM
Unfortunately, graphics problems are very common these days, but it is important to know what hardware we are talking about. So, I guess it would be a good idea if you could post your hardware specs.
Am I right in assuming that a G5 requires PPC? If yes, did you already look at the PowerFAQ:


Joe of loath
November 28th, 2012, 05:56 PM
I have an A1144 17" iMac iSight http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/imac/specs/imac_g5_1.9_17.html

It's all stock apart from a 2GB stick of RAM (so 2.5GB total).

I did indeed download the PPC versions, and tried some stuff that was in the FAQ.