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Thread: No video on boot of install cd (Powermac G4 MDD, 877mhz, Geforce4 MX)

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    Exclamation No video on boot of install cd (Powermac G4 MDD, 877mhz, Geforce4 MX)

    Hello everyone,

    In an attempt to revive this sexy beast, I'm trying to install the community version of Ubuntu 10.10 for ppc on my old MDD G4. I burned the CD and got it to boot and whatnot, but it gets to a point and the video stops displaying, the monitor goes dead and stops receiving a signal. This happens right after you are allowed to select boot options, it goes to a white screen with some text, after that boom, gone. If that wasn't weird enough get this, the rest of the machine goes on it's merry way booting. I can even hear the Ubuntu chime over the speakers as if it was booted and ready to go. I've looked around but can't find a definitive answer to why this is. The graphics card is a Geforce4 MX series. This is an older card so I would think it would be supported. Anyway thanks!



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    Re: No video on boot of install cd (Powermac G4 MDD, 877mhz, Geforce4 MX)

    You might want to switch to the nv driver instead of the standard nouveau.
    Have a look at some xorg.conf files at:
    http://mac.linux.be/content/xorgconf-files
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    Re: No video on boot of install cd (Powermac G4 MDD, 877mhz, Geforce4 MX)

    Alright, well how would I get at the xorg.conf file if I cannot get video on the screen past yaboot. I've tried getting into the terminal but I can't even do that. Is there any solutions I can enter at the yaboot prompt?
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    Re: No video on boot of install cd (Powermac G4 MDD, 877mhz, Geforce4 MX)

    you could try
    Code:
    video=ofonly
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    Re: No video on boot of install cd (Powermac G4 MDD, 877mhz, Geforce4 MX)

    Yea I've tried that, after the yaboot on ether tries I get a white screen with some text about expanding trees or something. Is there anyway to edit the xorg before I burn the ISO so that it uses the correct one?
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    Re: No video on boot of install cd (Powermac G4 MDD, 877mhz, Geforce4 MX)

    Go for the alternate install, without GUI.
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    Wink Re: No video on boot of install cd (Powermac G4 MDD, 877mhz, Geforce4 MX)

    At yaboot screen type live nouveau.modeset=0

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    Re: No video on boot of install cd (Powermac G4 MDD, 877mhz, Geforce4 MX)

    Hi, this is an old thread so it has been closed, please do not post in threads that are a year or more old, and thanks for sharing.

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