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  1. #31
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    Re: Help installing Ubuntu on eMac.

    Quote Originally Posted by crapple View Post
    Try this.

    1) Download alternative install cd. Live ones don't do to well on ppc. Get it form here

    2) Install

    3) If it works great! If you get a screen that flickers and then goes black try this.

    4) Switch to terminal based interface(alt+F1 might take a few times.)

    5)Run
    Code:
    wget http://http.us.debian.org/debian/pool/main/x/xserver-xorg-video-ati/xserver-xorg-video-ati_6.6.3-2_powerpc.deb
    You must have a weird internet connection.
    6)Run
    Code:
    sudo dpkg -i --force all xserver-xorg-video-ati_6.6.3-2_powerpc.deb
    7)Run
    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/gdm restart
    (8)Then if needed press alt+F7 to get to graphical interface. This should make it run in low graphics.
    9)Then open terminal (Applications-accessories-terminal)and run
    Code:
    sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    10)Select everything then paste this in
    Code:
    # xorg.conf (X.Org X Window System server configuration file)
    #
    # See the xorg.conf manual page.
    # (Type "man xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.)
    
    # This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
    # if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
    # package.
    
    Section "ServerLayout"
            Identifier      "XFree86 Configured"
            Screen          0 "Screen0" 0 0
            InputDevice     "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
            InputDevice     "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
            Option          "OffTime" "10"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Files"
    # RgbPath is the location of the RGB database.  Note, this is the name of the
    # file minus the extension (like ".txt" or ".db").  There is normally
    # no need to change the default.
    # Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
    
           RgbPath		"/usr/share/X11/rgb.txt"
          #FontPath		"/usr/share/X11/fonts/misc:unscaled"
          #FontPath		"/usr/share/X11/fonts/Type1/"
          #FontPath		"/usr/share/X11/fonts/Speedo/"
          #FontPath		"/usr/share/X11/fonts/75dpi:unscaled"
          #FontPath		"/usr/share/X11/fonts/100dpi:unscaled"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Module"
            Load            "dbe"
            Load            "extmod"
            Load            "fbdevhw"
            Load            "freetype"
            Load            "type1"
            #Load           "dri"
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
            Identifier      "Keyboard0"
            Driver          "kbd"
    # Change "XkbModel" to "macintosh_old" if you are using
    # the deprecated adb keycodes.
            Option          "XkbModel"      "macintosh"
            Option          "XkbLayout"     "us"
            Option          "XkbOptions"    "grp:caps_toggle"
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
            Identifier      "Mouse0"
            Driver          "mouse"
            Option          "ZAxisMapping"  "4 5"
            Option          "Protocol"      "IMPS/2"
            Option          "Device"        "/dev/input/mice"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Monitor"
            Identifier      "Monitor0"
            ModelName       "Monitor Model"
            Option          "DPMS"
            HorizSync       30-82
            VertRefresh     50-60
    EndSection
    
    Section "Device"
            Identifier      "Card0"
            #Option         "ShadowFB"      "true"
            #Option         "fbdev"         "/dev/fb0"
            Driver          "fbdev"
            #BusID          "PCI:0:16:0"
            Option          "UseFBDev"      "true"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
            Identifier      "Screen0"
            Device          "Card0"
            Monitor         "Monitor0"
            DefaultDepth    24
            SubSection "Display"
                    Depth   24
                    Modes   "1024x768"
            EndSubSection
            SubSection "Display"
                    Depth   16
                    Modes   "1024x768"
            EndSubSection
            SubSection "Display"
                    Depth   15
                    Modes   "1024x768"
            EndSubSection
            SubSection "Display"
                    Depth   8
                    Modes   "1024x768"
            EndSubSection
    EndSection
    
    Section "DRI"
            Group           0
            Mode            0666
    EndSection
    I got this for my emac from paul_mcl.

    Then run update manger from system-administration.

    This worked for me on my Radeon 7500 emac g4.

    Good Luck!
    okay a few things

    1. alternate cd would not work for me so using live cd

    2. up to step 5 ran smoothly

    3. step 6 did not run I got this message:

    dpkg: error processing xserver-xorg-video-ati_6.6.3.2_powerpc.deb (--install):
    cannot access archive: No such file or directory
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    xserver-xorg-video-ati_6.6.3.2_powerpc.deb


    I then tried sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

    and I get this:

    (gedit:3571): Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display

    4. how do I select everything and paste it in?

    Please help
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    Re: Help installing Ubuntu on eMac.

    3. you didn't download the file. Do you have internet connection ?

    4. You don;t have X, so you can't use gedit. Use nano instead:

    Code:
    sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    edit your file to your needs.
    CTRL-X to exit and "y" to save.

    Then you can try again to enter X:

    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/gdm restart
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    Re: Help installing Ubuntu on eMac.

    For what it's worth, I recently loaded Maverick 10.10 from here and was able to boot the live cd on my eMac G4. I was able to install and pretty much everything worked out of the box. I had to install the propietary driver for the wifi but the standard wizard made this easy. The only tricky bit was the bluetooth module but I was able to correct this with "sudo apt get install blueman".

    I have no /etc/X11/xorg.conf and I have the internal display working.

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    Re: Help installing Ubuntu on eMac.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kanj
    This is tested as working with a default install of intrepid ibex on an eMac 1.25Ghz (USB 2.0) with onboard ATI Radeon 9200.
    I want to thank you for posting that xorg configuration. I have that exact eMac model and now I can use the 1280x960 resolution without any flickering or stuttering. Currently running 12.04.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kanji_Man View Post
    For what it's worth, I recently loaded Maverick 10.10 from here and was able to boot the live cd on my eMac G4. I was able to install and pretty much everything worked out of the box. I had to install the propietary driver for the wifi but the standard wizard made this easy. The only tricky bit was the bluetooth module but I was able to correct this with "sudo apt get install blueman".
    No, booting into a live session wasn't an issue on my end either. The only thing I had to do was remove my optical drive from the eMac and replace it with a working one. My old drive kept giving I/O errors when booting from a disc.
    Last edited by KingYaba; April 9th, 2012 at 08:25 AM.

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    Wink Re: Help installing Ubuntu on eMac.

    I currently have 10.10 running on my Emac fine, install was a breeze......

    However, trying to update to 11.04 causes the ATI card to blank out.....

    The problem is apparently that there are 3 or 4 different Emacs some with ATI cards some without.

    Stick with 10.10 and you'll be fine !

    (side note, anyone got any ideas how to get flash working ! lol)


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    Re: Help installing Ubuntu on eMac.

    After setting up a few of the 1st gen eMacs with Lucid and lots of help from posters on this forum, I finally got the "Documents" section of our website done and there are a couple of pages that may be helpful.

    This page describes the "fix" for the CD tray (afraid you'll have to scroll to the bottom to see it).

    This page has several tips for flash (more accurately gnash, swfdec, flash-aid and vdh) that can be used in combination on PowerPCs.
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    Re: Help installing Ubuntu on eMac.

    Quote Originally Posted by sahdavies View Post
    I currently have 10.10 running on my Emac fine, install was a breeze......

    However, trying to update to 11.04 causes the ATI card to blank out.....

    The problem is apparently that there are 3 or 4 different Emacs some with ATI cards some without.

    Stick with 10.10 and you'll be fine !

    (side note, anyone got any ideas how to get flash working ! lol)
    If you insist on installing it on a PPC Mac, I'd just do a clean install of Precise(12.04) if I were you. It installs fine, and everything seems to work fine out of the box...except flash of course. none of the alternatives seem to actually get flash media working. I sat for 2 hours waiting for the players to load, which never happened. genuinely if you want to view flash media, you're infinitely better off just sticking to OS X. gnash(when it does load) is so choppy(or was, the current version isn't even working as far as I know) it makes watching videos painful, and not really even worth while. swfdec is strictly a shockwave player, which worked little better then gnash did back in the 10.04 days. there was another alternative, but it's based on more or less the same code as gnash, and works little better.
    there's really little point in having linux installed on the PPC platform, as in reality, you end up losing functionality. it's fine if you only want to check email, and nothing else. It's really not capable of doing anything else, because developers choose not to invest the resources for improving the platform. as it is there's no way to play mac games on a ppc linux, or play flash videos. Don't get me wrong, it works really well for what it can actually do, but the only real advantage is the possibility of security updates(which OS X 10.4 and 10.5 lacks). Now...if VideoLan decided to make a working browser plugin, and a way to use it directly within the browser, you could probably watch flash video with no troubles. also...mind your partition scheme, once you set it at install there's literally no way to change it without reinstalling absolutely everything.
    *sighs* my Desktop's dead. My Gateway laptop is dual booting windows(8) and Ubuntu 12.04.

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