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Emac G4 Mint install

Emac G4 Mint install

Postby kwikchek » Thu Jun 24, 2010 2:46 am

Hello, Linux newbie here, and long-time mac user. Enjoy the philosophy of Linux and Debian Mint in particular, and looking forward to learning/using. So, that said, of course I am having what I hope are minor hiccups in getting started.

I was able to install Debian and Mint successfully, I think, thanks to the incredibly helpful install tutorial. Good stuff there, and thanks! However, now I am at a text based Mint welcome screen logged in and ready to go... but no gui, only a prompt. Is there something I am missing? I tried a reboot (which actually took me some time to figure out how to do) and have the same results.

One thing to note: when installing both Debian and Mint, some questions were asked that I didn't know how to respond to, ie Samba, IP phone #s, and a few other seemingly non-fatal things, I just kept going with the install figuring anything could be corrected later.

Here are the specs for my Emac http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/e ... c_800.html just in case it's helpful.

Thanks in advance for any assistance!
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Re: Emac G4 Mint install

Postby linuxopjemac » Thu Jun 24, 2010 10:42 am

You need a working xorg.conf file. We will try to get that working for you now. I saw on the link you gave me that your Mac has an nVidia card.

I need some more info first. Can you paste me the output of the following commands:

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cvt 1280 960
cvt 1152 864
cvt 1024 768
cvt 800 700
cvt 640 480
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Re: Emac G4 Mint install

Postby kwikchek » Thu Jun 24, 2010 6:53 pm

Thanks for the reply! I had a feeling the problem stemmed from the xorg.

Unfortunately, I am on another computer and I haven't a clue as to how to copy/paste between the two machines. So bear with me as I type the results from the commands:

cvt 1280 960
# 1280x960 59.94 Hz (CVT 1.23M3) hsync: 59.70 kHz; pclk: 101.25 MHz
Modeline "1280x960_60.00" 101.25 1280 1360 1480 1696 960 963 967 996 -hsync +vsync

cvt 1152 864
# 1152x864 59.96 Hz (CVT 1.00M3) hsync: 53.78 kHz; pclk: 81.75 MHz
Modeline "1152x864_60.00" 81.75 1152 1216 1336 1520 864 867 871 897 -hsync +vsync

cvt 1024 768
# 1024x768 59.92 Hz (CVT 0.79M3) hsync: 47.82 kHz; pclk: 63.50 MHz
Modeline "1024x768_60.00" 63.50 1024 1072 1176 1328 768 771 775 798 -hsync +vsync

cvt 800 700
# 800x700 59.85 Hz (CVT) hsync: 43.51 kHz; pclk: 45.25 MHz
Modeline "800x700_60.00" 45.25 800 840 920 1040 700 703 713 727 -hsync +vsync

cvt 640 480
# 640x480 59.38 Hz (CVT 0.31M3) hsync: 29.69 kHz; pclk: 23.75 MHz
Modeline "640x480_60.00" 23.75 640 664 720 800 480 483 487 500 -hsync +vsync

Thanks again for your assistance.
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Re: Emac G4 Mint install

Postby linuxopjemac » Thu Jun 24, 2010 10:05 pm

You made one mistake, you did cvt 800 700 but it should be:

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cvt 800 600


You could paste this modeline and add it to your xorg.conf file later.

I made an xorg.conf file. I hope it works. If it does not work, give me the output of:
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sudo cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log


Ok let us get that file:

wget http://mac.linux.be/files/emac.txt
sudo mv emac.txt /etc/X11/xorg.conf

reboot and hopefully it works.

This is the xorg.conf file:

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Section "Device"
Identifier "Configured Video Device"
BusID   "PCI:0:16:0"
Driver  "nv"
#Option "NoInt10" "true"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Configured Monitor"
# 1280x960 59.94 Hz (CVT 1.23M3) hsync: 59.70 kHz; pclk: 101.25 MHz
Modeline "1280x960_60.00" 101.25 1280 1360 1480 1696 960 963 967 996 -hsync +vsync
# 1152x864 59.96 Hz (CVT 1.00M3) hsync: 53.78 kHz; pclk: 81.75 MHz
Modeline "1152x864_60.00" 81.75 1152 1216 1336 1520 864 867 871 897 -hsync +vsync
# 1024x768 59.92 Hz (CVT 0.79M3) hsync: 47.82 kHz; pclk: 63.50 MHz
Modeline "1024x768_60.00" 63.50 1024 1072 1176 1328 768 771 775 798 -hsync +vsync
# 640x480 59.38 Hz (CVT 0.31M3) hsync: 29.69 kHz; pclk: 23.75 MHz
Modeline "640x480_60.00" 23.75 640 664 720 800 480 483 487 500 -hsync +vsync
Option "PreferredMode" "1024x768_60.00"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Monitor "Configured Monitor"
Device "Configured Video Device"
      DefaultDepth    24
           SubSection       "Display"
             Depth            24
             Modes             "1280x960" "1152x864" "1024x768" "640x480"
           EndSubSection
           SubSection        "Display"
             Depth            16
             Modes             "1280x960" "1152x864" "1024x768" "640x480"
           EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
      Depth      15
      Modes      "1280x960" "1152x864" "1024x768" "640x480"
   EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
      Depth      8
      Modes      "1280x960" "1152x864" "1024x768" "640x480"
   EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
      Depth      4
      Modes      "1280x960" "1152x864" "1024x768" "640x480"
   EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
      Depth      1
      Modes      "1280x960" "1152x864" "1024x768" "640x480"
   EndSubSection
EndSection

Section "ServerLayout"
   Identifier    "Default Layout"
   Screen      "Default Screen"
EndSection

Section "DRI"
   Mode   0666
EndSection
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Re: Emac G4 Mint install

Postby kwikchek » Fri Jun 25, 2010 12:02 am

[quote="linuxopjemac"]You made one mistake, you did cvt 800 700 but it should be:

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cvt 800 600



Actually cvt 800 700 is what you had instructed me to use earlier. I'll add it later if I can get it working...

I made an xorg.conf file. I hope it works. If it does not work, give me the output of:
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sudo cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log


the output is: No such file or directory. Thanks.
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Re: Emac G4 Mint install

Postby linuxopjemac » Fri Jun 25, 2010 9:15 am

Just reboot first and see if it starts a GUI.
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Re: Emac G4 Mint install

Postby kwikchek » Fri Jun 25, 2010 1:07 pm

No such luck on reboot. When I do the sudo mv command I get no password prompt, and yet I know I received the file. If I try The sudo mv command a second time, the output is 'no file found'.
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Re: Emac G4 Mint install

Postby linuxopjemac » Fri Jun 25, 2010 2:34 pm

weird. it should be there.

Go to your home directory first and then try again:

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cd /home/your_user_name
wget http://mac.linux.be/files/emac.txt
ls -al

you should see the emax.txt now

Then in the same directory :
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sudo mv emac.txt /etc/X11/xorg.conf
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Re: Emac G4 Mint install

Postby kwikchek » Fri Jun 25, 2010 3:05 pm

Ok, upon running Ls -al I do see not only emac.txt, but emac.txt.1, so I have the file twice. When I run sudo mv I get a password prompt. When I reboot, no joy. Is there a system or install log I should send you? I appear to be having the same troubles installing Ubuntu Lucid on the emac as well (I tried Ubuntu prior to installing Mint).
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Re: Emac G4 Mint install

Postby linuxopjemac » Fri Jun 25, 2010 3:06 pm

at the password prompt you have to give the root password (administrator's password)
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