800 MHz Power PC G3 Processor
128 MB SD-RAM
40 GB Hard Drive
12.1 inch TFT LCD Display (1024x768)
10/100 Ethernet, two USB, firewire, S-VGA output with special cable
I picked up a used iBook (500 MHz). Before I loaded it with Linux, I looked
over what was on the machine through the profile based on OS 9.2. I noticed that
it did not have a software modem. When I got Linux loaded, I did a "cu -s 19200
-l /dev/tty00" and noticed I got on the modem. I did a "ATS11?" and it responded
with a "095". Great !!!!
I loaded the machine with a triple boot configuration. It has Mac OS 9.2,
Mac OS X and Linux.
I did a fresh install YellowDog Linux 4.0.1.
When Linux was loaded, everything worked by default including sound*,
ethernet, and X11. The caveats are below.
Sound works by default. When you go into KDE, sound volume by default
is set to zero and you can run "kmix" and set it accordingly. Also,
when KDE starts up, you get an error that can be ignored. I have no fix
for it yet.
Do a CTRL-P and you should see the "Audio I/O Plugins" and enable "AudioCD
Reader 0.11d (libcdread.so)" plugin and disable "CD Audio Player 1.2.7
(libcdaudio.so)". Under "Output Plugin", select "OSS Driver 1.2.7 (libOSS.so)"
The modem as mentioned before is a hardware modem, therefore compatible with Linux.
There were two different versions of the 500 MHz model of the iBook. The second
version according to Apple has a software modem and should be avoided.
Compuserve under Mac OS X
Even though this is off topic but there are those who are interested
in setting up custom scripts to dial up their Internet accounts.
I used Compuserve Classic dialup on the Mac OS X side when I travel whcih
requires a custom chat script. The script is
cserve.txt. It is placed in the
/Library/Terminal Scripts directory which by default does not exist
and has to be created first. I got a dial-up script
from a Rice University IT person and then modified it for Compuserve Classic
I use Ogle to playback
my DVD's. However, I had problems getting it to run until I found the
solution on the Internet. Before you compile, you will need to do a
"$ ./configure --disable-altivec --disable-xv"
The "--disable-xv" s optional and it allows you to take snapshots of the DVD
image which before was a blue background. It is optional.
Some of the downloads from the web site you can leave out since it is included
in YellowDog such as JPG and XML2.
Mac OS 9.2.2
I did a complex method of loading Mac OS 9.2.2 on the iBook. I went
through Mac on Linux (MOL) and loaded Mac OS 9.0.1 and then did the
upgrades through Mac OS 9.2.2. Don't boot into 9.2.2 yet, the original
CD's that came with the computer, you need to load the items related
to Mac Classic only and nothing else. You will need to copy the files
that are put on the Mac OS X partition to the Mac OS 9 partition
which is the System Folder. You will need to know what you are
doing. I now have Mac OS 9.2.2 CD's but you will still need to do
the copy. The copy puts drivers for the video, sound, network so
the machine can boot up under Mac OS 9.2.2 and not have any problems.
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Last Updated : Sep 26, 2005