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I have an old iMac G3 (333 mhz, 256 mb RAM, 160 GB HD). I used it to listen to music and online radio, but it's so limited now that ...
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    Unhappy Problems installing linux on an old iMac G3


    I have an old iMac G3 (333 mhz, 256 mb RAM, 160 GB HD). I used it to listen to music and online radio, but it's so limited now that I wanted to install a lightweight linux distro to bring it back to life.

    I've tried a number of distributions and none of them work. At first they booted from CD and then said that they couldn't mount the filesystem. So I erased the MacOS X partition and reformated the drive with the UNIX filesystem. Still, every distribution I've tried crashes when trying to boot the kernel (Yellowdog, Slackintosh, Xubuntu, FreeBSD).

    The last one I tried was Finnix, and when I tried to boot the kernel the following message appeared:

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    cd:2,/boot/linux: Unknown or corrupt filesystem.
    I can't even use fdisk as no distribution will boot. I don't want to do anything fancy with my iMac, I just want a bash prompt and some basic tools like vim and ssh. Any ideas?

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    Hello and Welcome!

    I've never played with a G3, but perhaps a minimum Debian install would be what you're looking for.
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    I just tried Debian Minimal. It presents me with the "boot" prompt, I type "install", then it shows:

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    Please wait, loading kernel. . .
    And after what appears an eternity, it shows:

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    Read failed.
    And goes back to "boot:" That has happened with every distribution I have tried.

    I'm burning then on a CD-RW, could that be the problem?

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    If you're using the same disc each time, you might try a fresh one.
    Also, check the following link for some tips on checking the md5sum and burning your disc.

    http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/ins...ll-cd-dvd.html
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    Can't believe the CD-RW was the problem, I have just booted Finnix!

    Thanks for your time.

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