OpenSuSE 11.1 PPC Part I

OpenSuSE 11.1 PPC Part I

Post by The Lost P » Sun, 21 Dec 2008 10:13:08


OK. Just thought I'd share my experiences installing this over a ***
10.3 install as an upgrade (as advised on several forums) on my iBook G4.

- 00:30: burning the ISO.
After hauling it down at well over 2MB/sec (yes folks, 16MBit solid!),
the checksum is good and now I commit the image to a blank DVD-R.
Meanwhile, on the hardware side, gonna try and find out why this
notebook won't read above 256MB... a 1GB stick came out of it (that's
now sitting in my Wintendo). And the answer is... knackered modules.
I've managed to find a 512MB module that does work and the unit seems to
be happy with it.

- 00:45: getting the thing back together.
The DVD is finished, and the notebook's still in pieces. Scuse me, I
gotta locate those last two bolts...

- 00:48: booting.
ok, this mac doesn't seem to like -R discs. Note to all: iBook G4 A1055
combo drive does NOT read -R discs. We try again with a +R, eh?

- 01:00: booting, take Two.
ok. This is RAPID. I got me a penguin. The boot sequence looks much the
same as it did for 10.3 so far...

Graphical installer environment is much different though. The first page
is a license with a reference to the GPL2.0 and the standard technical
disclaimers, and the language/layout options. Past that...

System Probing: generated error: unable to create repository. Threw me
onto a limited shell console.

*** . Try again later.

--
TLP

- Last night I played a blank tape at full volume. The mime next door
went nuts.

- No, I will not fix your computer.
 
 
 

OpenSuSE 11.1 PPC Part I

Post by The Lost P » Sun, 21 Dec 2008 10:15:25

I've a feeling the new memory module might be faulty. Unfortunately the
only way I have to check it involves installing it in another laptop
(which I ain't doing).

--
TLP

- Last night I played a blank tape at full volume. The mime next door
went nuts.

- No, I will not fix your computer.

 
 
 

OpenSuSE 11.1 PPC Part I

Post by The Lost P » Sun, 21 Dec 2008 10:21:07

Now then... I wonder if adding the 11.1 DVD as a repository and updating
that way would work?

This is the wonderful thing about Linux, one can experiment in userland
without fear of completely breaking the system.

--
TLP

- Last night I played a blank tape at full volume. The mime next door
went nuts.

- No, I will not fix your computer.
 
 
 

OpenSuSE 11.1 PPC Part I

Post by Roy Schest » Sun, 21 Dec 2008 10:22:14

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____/ The Lost Packet on Saturday 20 December 2008 01:22 : \____



Why not keep it simple and install Linux? SUSE is a Ballnux. Yes, SUSE
is 'approved' by Ballmer. Do you really need that Novell mess?

- --
~~ Best of wishes

Roy S. Schestowitz | "Pentiums melt in your PC, not in your hand"
http://www.yqcomputer.com/ | RHAT Linux | PGP-Key: 0x74572E8E
01:20:01 up 65 days, 9:38, 2 users, load average: 0.93, 0.94, 0.91
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OpenSuSE 11.1 PPC Part I

Post by The Lost P » Sun, 21 Dec 2008 10:22:21


And yes, it's all there.

--
TLP

- Last night I played a blank tape at full volume. The mime next door
went nuts.

- No, I will not fix your computer.
 
 
 

OpenSuSE 11.1 PPC Part I

Post by RonB » Sun, 21 Dec 2008 10:43:27


Just out of curiosity, what part of openSUSE 11.0 is "Ballnux?" It all looks
pretty much like Linux on my machine.

--
RonB
"There's a story there...somewhere"
 
 
 

OpenSuSE 11.1 PPC Part I

Post by The Lost P » Sun, 21 Dec 2008 10:51:05


Whut? SuSE is Linux, OpenSuSE is SuSE on GPL.


Are you on crack?


Can I have some?

<snip>

*** politics, it works for me. And being Free as in beer, it works even
better for me.

--
TLP

- Last night I played a blank tape at full volume. The mime next door
went nuts.

- No, I will not fix your computer.
 
 
 

OpenSuSE 11.1 PPC Part I

Post by The Lost P » Sun, 21 Dec 2008 10:52:27


And oh my God, it looks even more gorgeous than 10.3 did! All I've done
so far is update the kernel, the Radeon driver and KDE. Scuse me while I
go find my jaw.

--
TLP

- Last night I played a blank tape at full volume. The mime next door
went nuts.

- No, I will not fix your computer.
 
 
 

OpenSuSE 11.1 PPC Part I

Post by Ezekie » Sun, 21 Dec 2008 10:55:43


It is Linux. And a damn good distro at that.

Roy Schestowitz is just being his typical self - an clueless idiot. /He/
decided that OpenSuse isn't on his "approved distro" list. Never mind the
fact that the team working on SuSE does more for Linux in one day (new
code, bug fixes, documentation, etc) than a loser like Schestowitz will do
in his entire life.
 
 
 

OpenSuSE 11.1 PPC Part I

Post by Gary M. St » Sun, 21 Dec 2008 12:47:38


Try running memtest86.
I believe it's an option when you boot the install Suse DVD.
If not, download it, make a bootable CD/DVD and run it for a couple of
hours.
It is excellent at finding dodgy memory chips.

First test the seating of the chip though.
And always use an anti-static wrist strap when playing with the innards of
PC's.
Especially during the winter months when the air is dry.
 
 
 

OpenSuSE 11.1 PPC Part I

Post by The Lost P » Sun, 21 Dec 2008 12:57:18


Great idea in theory, except memtest86 is intended for the x86 platform,
not PPC. Hence, it's not present as a boot option on PPC OS DVDs.


been doing that. And the oil eraser contact cleaning thing.


awhatnow?


tell me about it... the air's so dry in here my hair's threatening to
ignite...

I've got the thing sorted now (via local repository updates - I don't
even know if that method is documented!), it seems to be stable so I'm
not gonna worry too much that the module might be faulty until/unless it
starts doing some really screwy shit while I'm working on it.
--
TLP

- Last night I played a blank tape at full volume. The mime next door
went nuts.

- No, I will not fix your computer.
 
 
 

OpenSuSE 11.1 PPC Part I

Post by Gary M. St » Sun, 21 Dec 2008 12:58:12


It's one of the best.
Suse has recovered after they changed the package manager gui and operation
without proper testing which resulted in a lot of growing pains.

They are back on my A-list and like I said as usual Suse is gorgeous
looking right out of the box.



Precisely!

Schestowitz is a loon who is on some kind of mission.

Suse is an excellent choice for Linux.
So is Linux mint, PCLinuxOS and possibly Mepis depending on how the new
version goes.

Ubuntu, contrary to popular belief, is NOT the best version of Linux out
there.
It may be the most supported, community wise, but it's not the best.
 
 
 

OpenSuSE 11.1 PPC Part I

Post by Gary M. St » Sun, 21 Dec 2008 12:59:17


Ignore Schestowitz.

Use what works rather than some cobbled together version of Linux that
meets *his* criteria.
 
 
 

OpenSuSE 11.1 PPC Part I

Post by Gary M. St » Sun, 21 Dec 2008 13:18:01


Duhhhhhh!!!

Silly me!

I didn't realize you were using a PPC..





Swap the chip.
Some brands have very good warrantee's.



You might have fixed it or it might have healed itself.