new mac pro installation fails

  • BabaG
Posted: Tue, 05/06/2008 - 21:01
just downloaded and burned amd64 non-live as i was prompted to do here on the forum. put in a new sata drive for the install. pulled the osx hd so the mac pro would be dedicated to 64studio. then began the install. first thing, got a debian screen and message that kernel could not be found. hit enter a couple of times and the process began to load linux. then, got an interrupt error for hda a couple of times. then the 64studio install began with keyboard setup. that went ok. next it looked for the cdrom and couldn't find it. it offered the option to load something from a floppy but, of course, a mac pro doesn't have one. rebooted and tried again. this time the debian screen came up without the kernel error. everything else went the same as before, though: hda interrupt error, no cdrom. gave up. now what? thanks for any tips, BabaG

'Precious'

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Sat, 05/10/2008 - 19:41
Well, if something works it works. No need to mess with it if it does. You can tell I'm an engineer though - if it still works, it does not have enough features yet! I have been running 64studio for my important stuff for more than 2 years now, and for the last year I am only using 64studio. I will not taint my system with anything that I will not use, or could not justify the cost of. I don't have a problem with your other OSes. I just got burnt by one of them before... Regarding the kernel, the 64studio kernel is a RT kernel that greatly improves the performance in terms of real time events (like sound, video etc.) If the kernel does not run on your system, all is not lost, as you could revert to the Mac-Pro enhanced kernel, and then we could look at compiling your own 64studio RT Mac-friendly kernel. But not to worry... I think you should be ok. Cheers,

thanks Q. will try that

  • BabaG
  • 05/05/08
  • Sat, 05/10/2008 - 18:16
thanks Q. will try that later today. rendering a job out on the 'precious' osx/xp system at the moment, though. a question about kernels, though. didn't i install a special kernel for the macpro during the wiki process? how does that affect 64studio? thanks again, BabaG

Debian to 64studio

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Sat, 05/10/2008 - 17:23
Open synaptic, and and in its top menu click, "Settings" --> "Repositories" Deactivate all the repositories in there by unchecking the check boxes. Add the 64studio repository. I would suggest adding the "testing" reository, because it is stable and essentially the next upcoming release (2.1) deb http://apt.64studio.com/testing/ 64studio main You could also just add that line to the /apt/etc/sources.list file using a editor as root: # sudo gedit /apt/etc/sources.list after it is added, and the file saved, do the following in the terminal (synaptic should be closed as well) # sudo apt-get update # sudo upt-get upgrade Wait for the operation to complete, and say yes to the questions... When done, reboot. You should now have 4 boot choices, 2 with the old kernel, and the 64studio RT kernel on top. The old kernel is kept to make sure you can still use your system if something went wrong. If all went well the 64studio boot-splash should be running on your screen... Good luck,

ok. so far, so good...i

  • BabaG
  • 05/05/08
  • Sat, 05/10/2008 - 02:28
ok. so far, so good...i think. have a shiny, new debian installation from the mini cd and wiki instructions. my 'precious' osx/xp drive is safely on a shelf. 'then doing a network install of the packages in the 64 Studio repository.' how do i do this? i assume i edit /etc/apt but what do i put in? exactly how do i get from this debian installation to being a 64studio installation? thanks, BabaG

OK

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Fri, 05/09/2008 - 21:27
Forget about the software. Remove your precious osx/xp drive for safekeeping, and follow the instruction from where is says "Boot the installer in expert mode" See how it goes. Unfortunately I do not have a MAC to test it on. Cheers

i don't want to put ANYTHING

  • BabaG
  • 05/05/08
  • Fri, 05/09/2008 - 17:38
i don't want to put ANYTHING on my smoothely running osx/xp drive. doesn't using the 'osx compatible GRUB like interface for your mac' mean installing it on the osx drive? if so, game over. thanks, BabaG

osx environment?

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Fri, 05/09/2008 - 05:49
I have quickly scanned through the wiki, and the steps you have to take in osx has nothing to do with the actual install. It is merely a osx compatible GRUB like interface for your mac. The install itself involves booting of the "mini CD" and then getting the packages from the 64studio repository. You should be fine if you install the boot menu via osx, replace the drive and start the debian install on the other drive...

thanks daniel. the wiki

  • BabaG
  • 05/05/08
  • Thu, 05/08/2008 - 19:35
thanks daniel. the wiki seems to assume i'm installing into my osx environment, which is anything but what i want to do. my system is currently set up with both osx and xp and is working well. i can't afford to jeopardize it as it was a lot of work to set up. what i want to do is simply pull that drive from the system and replace it with a dedicated one for 64studio. the mac is easy enough to get into that i figure i can swap drives when i have time and inclination to investigate 64studio. this setup leaves the two systems independent of each other and, i woud assume, should make installation somewhat easier as i don't have to worry about all the boot manager silliness described on the wiki. not to mention the compiling of a custom kernel. any pointers for how to get going in the environment i'm describing here? thanks, BabaG

Apple machines are non-standard

  • Daniel
  • 05/22/07
  • Thu, 05/08/2008 - 12:29
Because Intel Macs aren't quite the same as standard PCs, you have to follow a slightly different install procedure, which is documented here: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianOnIntelMacPro I would suggest using the mini CD available on this page to boot the system, then doing a network install of the packages in the 64 Studio repository. Please let us know how you get on.

memory should be good. been

  • BabaG
  • 05/05/08
  • Thu, 05/08/2008 - 01:10
memory should be good. been running both osx and xp on it since i got it without issue. using both to edit video and audio. no problems. will look into running memtest when i get back to that station, though, just to be thorough. thanks, BabaG

memtest

  • soccerfiend
  • 05/07/08
  • Wed, 05/07/2008 - 20:42
Can you run memtest to see if there is bad ram in this machine?

thanks!

  • BabaG
  • 05/05/08
  • Wed, 05/07/2008 - 05:51
thanks!

I'll forward the thread...

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Wed, 05/07/2008 - 04:46
... to the development mailing list. Hope to have an answer soon.

oh, yeah. md5sum was fine

  • BabaG
  • 05/05/08
  • Tue, 05/06/2008 - 21:03
oh, yeah. md5sum was fine and burning the downloaded installation iso went fine too.