2011-10-16 Installing Ubuntu 11.10 on my iBook G4

Upgrading my iBook G4 to Ubuntu 11.10 went without a hitch. But as the system rebooted, I ran into a problem:

WARNING boot device may be renamed. Try root=devsda3 Gave up waiting for root device. [...]

Now what? The Ubuntu forum got me the answer I was looking for:

  1. at the first boot prompt, answer l because you want to boot Linux
  2. at the second boot prompt, answer Linux root=/dev/sda3
  3. if that works, fix your config by running sudo yabootconfig -r /dev/sda3 from the command line

Thanks, Internet! ❤ :D

There is one strange, tiny problem I do have, however: The trackpad will not work if the laptop boots with an external mouse connected. When I run sudo trackpad show I get back no trackpad ! Weird, but not really a problem. :)

Update: For those of you coming here via Google search—if you are wondering how I got Unity to work—I did not. I switched to Xubuntu! Back when I was using Ubuntu 10, I made my switch: From the command line, I ran sudo tasksel install xubuntu-desktop. then, in order to save disk space, I ran sudo apt-get remove ubuntu-desktop and sudo apt-get autoremove. I haven’t tried it in a long time, but upgrading my Ubuntu system still works. Yay! :)



Thanks, exactly what I needed to fix an errant Mac Mini server. :)

– Kirk 2012-11-26 20:58 UTC

Awesome. :)

AlexSchroeder 2012-11-26 22:57 UTC

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