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    Re: PowerPC - Installing Intrepid (8.10) - No common CD-ROM drive was detected

    Quote Originally Posted by kritstov View Post
    While none of this worked, luckily I figured out a workaround. I feel kinda stupid for not thinking of this before, I just grabbed a USB keyboard from another computer and used that. Thanks for trying though, I appreciate it. I have a feeling my Fn key is messed up or something.
    Well, at least the problem is solved and anyone else looking for a solution now has another possible fix.

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    Re: PowerPC - Installing Intrepid (8.10) - No common CD-ROM drive was detected

    Hi

    I am having the same problem trying to install Ubuntu 8.10 on a G4 Mac Mini. I have followed the instructions in the previous threads but cannot switch using the Ctrl+Alt-F2 key strokes.

    It worked once but did not recognise the CDRom. When I tried it again the screen went blank with a thin line of white static 1/2" from the top of the screen.

    Despite numerous attempts using Ctrl+Alt+Fn+F2 & Alt+F2 it always results in the same blank screen.

    Any help would be appreciated

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    Re: PowerPC - Installing Intrepid (8.10) - No common CD-ROM drive was detected

    The catch with the black screen prior to the cd-rom detection problem might be solved by trying the following at the second-stage yaboot boot: prompt (hit TAB to stop the countdown)

    Code:
    Linux video=ofonly nosplash
    or
    Linux nosplash
    This might now allow you to reach the stage where the cdrom isn't detected, but you can now do ctrl-alt-f2

    I know the mac-mini's are a bit finicky..
    20" G5 iMac - AMD64 HP desktop
    http://www.ppclinux.info/

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiresia View Post
    The ubuntu-8.10-alternate-powerpc Installer-CD failes to detect the CD-ROM Drive.

    After choosing Language, Country and Keyboard-Layout, the Installer tries to detect the CD-ROM, but you get following massage:

    "No common CD-ROM drive was detected
    You may need to load additional CD-ROM drivers from a floppy... Otherwise you willl be give the option to manually select CD-ROM modules. Load drivers from Floppy? - Yes - No"

    Answer 'No' to the question and

    SOLUTION
    1.
    Switch to a second console pressing ctrl+alt+F2
    Press Enter to activate that console
    Type:
    Code:
    modprobe ide-scsi
    2.
    Switch back to the first console pressing ctrl+alt+F1
    You got another question:
    "Manually select a CD-ROM module and device?"
    Say 'Yes' and choose the right option for you.
    Most probably you have to choose 'cdrom' or 'cdrom0'

    3.
    If it fails again, go back to the 'Debian Installer Main Menu'
    and choose again the option 'Detect and mount a CD-ROM'
    Now it should work!

    ::::::: ::::::: ::::::: ::::::: ::::::: :::::::
    For more information:
    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...ux/+bug/260608
    Thanks to olalirole for this workaround!!!
    You bloody rock! I have been trying to get this to work for days and and days, and then some. I heart you.

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    Re: PowerPC - Installing Intrepid (8.10) - No common CD-ROM drive was detected

    Thanks, this worked. Now I can upgrade my mom's iMac from Breezy Badger, which was still running smoothly from two years ago. Happy Thanksgiving all.

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    Re: PowerPC - Installing Intrepid (8.10) - No common CD-ROM drive was detected

    First reply worked for my PPC G5. Thanks for the info.

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    Re: PowerPC - Installing Intrepid (8.10) - No common CD-ROM drive was detected

    thanks for your help. its been 3 days of trying to install a small fileserver for my parents on a 2001 Sony VAIO. I think there were rats in it! This community is awesome! you saved me 300 dollars or so on a christmas present this year.

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    Re: PowerPC - Installing Intrepid (8.10) - No common CD-ROM drive was detected

    How is it that this loading the kernel module problem popped up? I've been installing debian-flavors for years on my clamshell and only now has this problem occurred. Isn't it sort of a ridiculously simple problem that should have been caught and fixed by now?

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    Re: PowerPC - Installing Intrepid (8.10) - No common CD-ROM drive was detected

    Unfortunately, the bug seems to stay with us as I've never seen a respin for ppc.

    About the only thing we can do is try not to let it happen again. Establish an account on launchpad, and fire up the daily release of Jaunty Jackalope:

    http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ports/

    Or daily-live if you want to test out the live desktop installer.

    Hopefully if problems like this are seen, we can identify them early, and alert the devs. How they respond to that is another matter unknown to us unless we get really involved with Launchpad. I think that some might think that if there is a problem, that Debian will magically fix it and it will roll down to Ubuntu without any notice.

    Since I haven't kept up with Launchpad much beyond Hardy, I can't really say for sure - all I know is if we really care, perhaps fire up Jaunty and scream like a banshee.
    20" G5 iMac - AMD64 HP desktop
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    Re: PowerPC - Installing Intrepid (8.10) - No common CD-ROM drive was detected

    Hmm. I've never complained about any linux development before (I've never felt justified complaining when I don't do any work to produce any Linux distros except use "popularity contest," which truly cannot be called "doing work"), so I even felt bad saying something here.

    It just seems like such an amazing problem that has never occurred with any Linux distro I've ever seen before (in my genuinely short 6 years of installing) and with such a fundamental thing it also seems like a colossal piece of negligence (which also, when debian worked, is why I thought it must be a kind of willful negligence).

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