400 MHz Power PC G4 Processor
128 MB SD-RAM
40 GB Hard Drive
14 inch TFT LCD Display (1152x768)
10/100 Ethernet, two USB, firewire, S-VGA output
Hardware 56k Modem off of USB
I picked up the Powerbook for a very cheap price. It was a
demo model at the UCCS Book store. At the time, I did not
know the machine had some problems so buyer beware.
I loaded Fedora 9 on the Powerbook. It already has a Mac OS 9 and
a Mac OSX (Tiger) partition. After it is loaded, you will need to find
a Mac OS 9.22 Boot Up CD, boot it up and find Disk Utility. Do NOT
INITIALIZE the hard drive. Do an "Update Driver" in the menu and it should
When you boot Fedora 9 DVD, you will need to do when the prompt comes
up is do "linux text" since the X interface will not come up. When it
comes up in text mode, pick and select what partition you want to load
packages, it should complete.
When the boots up off the hard drive, it will come up in text mode. You
will have to edit the "/etc/X11/xorg.conf" file and change the line that
usually has "r128" or "radeon" or "ati" to "fbdev" and then type "startx"
at the shell prompt. You should be able to go into X.
Once you are in either text or in X, perform the following commands:
With xine, you can play DVD's, with xmms, you can play mp3's and you have a different
web browser of seamonkey and thunderbird to read e-mail.
yum -y remove iwl-4965-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
yum -y update
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
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Last Updated : Sep 28, 2008