Mac OS forum


Installing Ubuntu on Powerbook G4 OSX 10.4 - Help!!

by robinhoodless / October 4, 2012 4:40 AM PDT


Best to start with the fact that I'm no expert so simple terms without acronyms work best for me

I have a Powerbook G4 17" running Tiger 10.4.11

I downloaded the Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS 32bit and burned to disk. I also copied it to USB.

After reading instructions on how to install I loaded the disk and restarted, holding down 'C' to boot the disk. Just went straight to OSX. I then tried booting to firmware and typing 'boot cd' and got error

'boot cd load-size=0 adler32=1 LOAD SIZE is too small'

I then tried booting to firmware and typed 'boot usb 0/disk@1:2, \\yaboot'

I tried this replacing 'usb 0' with 'usb 1' and 'usb 2'. I only have two ports so I guessed the one I was plugged into had to be named either 0, 1 or 2. Each time the screen flicked briefly to text appearing half way down the left side, but then flicking to a grey blank screen with a No Entry sign.

I read some information saying that a partition is required to install Ubuntu but when I tried this a message appears in disk utility saying I can't partition because the disk contains the start up volume.

Thinking about the error message booting with the disk 'LOAD-SIZE is too small' I wondered if maybe I'd burnt the wrong software. The disk space taken up for the download was under 700mb, is this right?

I looked on the Ubuntu website and discovered many different places to download from this page

At this point I realised that installing Ubuntu on an older Mac is by no means a simple task and now I'm just confused about what to do next.

Can someone please help me out here? It seems Ubuntu is the only way I'll be able to keep this fantastic piece of kit running safely.

Thanks in advance

Answer This Ask For Clarification
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Installing Ubuntu on Powerbook G4 OSX 10.4 - Help!!
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Installing Ubuntu on Powerbook G4 OSX 10.4 - Help!!
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Collapse -
It's not simple but folk have done this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 4, 2012 5:09 AM PDT as well as google finds lots of articles at our disposal.

I'm not going to duplicate any of that but note a common issue you need to test for first. As this is an old unit, be sure that your CD/DVD drive is up to the task. Use your original CD/DVDs and boot those as a test before trying any of the other OS DVDs.

Often I find the CD/DVD drive has failed and the owner struggling needlessly.
Collapse -
DVD Drive is all good
by robinhoodless / October 4, 2012 5:40 AM PDT

Thanks for the link Bob.

My Powerbook has been in the closet for many years after the camcorder port decided to stop working and my son ripped off most of the keys - Apple were less than useless with this, despite purchasing AppleCare. I managed to get most of the keys back and recently bought the rest on ebay. It's in very good condition and the dvd drive has had hardly any use, so I doubt there's any issue with it working. Besides which, I don't have the original boot disks, otherwise I might have tried the partition during installation. It works fine burning disks though so it works... Happy

Collapse -
I think I need step-by-step advice on how to install Ubuntu
by robinhoodless / October 4, 2012 5:57 AM PDT
In reply to: DVD Drive is all good

The link didn't really help but thanks anyway.

If anyone knows how to resolve this and can explain step-by-step then great. I'm just too confused with different ideas about what to do..... Sad

Collapse -
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 4, 2012 6:11 AM PDT
In reply to: DVD Drive is all good
Popular Forums
Computer Help 49,613 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,349 discussions
Laptops 19,436 discussions
Security 30,426 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 20,308 discussions
Windows 10 360 discussions
Phones 15,802 discussions
Windows 7 7,351 discussions
Networking & Wireless 14,641 discussions

Smart Home Help

Light bulbs you shouldn't buy

There are plenty of dimmable LED light bulbs, but make sure you don't buy the ones that flicker when you dial them down.