1.42 GHz Power PC G4 Processor
2 GB SD-RAM
93 GB Hard Drive
12.1 inch TFT LCD Display (1024x768)
10/100/1000 Ethernet, two USB, firewire, S-VGA output with special cable
Software 56k Modem off of USB
Airport Extreme Card - with reversed engineered drivers, doesn't work though
I bought the iBook through the Apple Online Store. Since it is different fromthe G3 series,
it is setup for dual boot instead of triple boot. Mac OS 9 doesn't boot. I loaded Fedora 9
onto the machine.
Everything works except for the Airport Extreme. It is a Broadcoam chip which Broadcom refuses
to this day to release the specs in order for Linux to work on it. There are pages out there
to get the firmware and to use fwcutter to extract the infor from it. If you do a
ifconfig -a, it shows up but setting up fails.
When you boot the Fedora 9 DVD, you need to put at the prompt "linux text" since the
X video does not show. The screen goes to different colors. You will be using Linux Text
throughout the selecting options and installing process.
When the machine reboots, it will not go into X GUI but it will stay as text. If you want
to run X either type startx after you login or edit /etc/inittab and change
the 3 to a 5 in the line that says id:3:initdefault:. The next time the computer
reboots it will come up with an "X" login screen.
The following set of commands belo will get your machine up to the latest plus adds
in additional fun things to use.
yum -y remove iwl4965-firmware
yum -y update kernel
yum -y remove selinux-policy.noarch selinux-policy-targeted.noarch
yum -y install selinux-policy.noarch selinux-policy-targeted.noarch
rpm -ivh http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release-9.rpm
yum -y install libdvdread libdvdcss libmad a52dec xine xine-lib-extras-nonfree.ppc xmms xmms-mp3 xmms-faad2 seamonkey thunderbird
yum -y update
The above scripts removes an uneeded firmware that is not used in an Apple and
then updates the kernel and the selinux policy. Afterward, it makes a connection
to the "livna" library and then adds in software where you can play DVD's and
mp3's. In addition Seamonkey is a diferent web browser and Thunderbrd is an
e-mail client. The last line will update the software on the computer including
items like security updates.
Follow the prompts.
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Last Updated : Sep 10, 2008