I'm double-posting what I posted on the "Nouveau trubbel Debian 7 MINTPPC 11" thread to update my own thread about getting the display back on the iMac 800 G4, which has been a long and twisted road . . . we'll see where this road goes and how long it lasts in a bit . . . .
yes but if you put the stuff in yaboot and save then you dont need to doit
ubuntu Faq pos 9. show you an example
OK, thanks again for the reply . . . between your ideas, ojordans hints, str8bs's xorg.conf file, and JD's "blacklisting nouveau" . . . as well as some mental gymnastics of my own, I'm on "the other side" with a fresh installation of Xubuntu 12.0.4 with a working GUI and no boot parameters!!!!!! Not the fastest horse out of the gate, but it does seem to eventually respond to mouseclicks . . . .
I started off with the Lubuntu LiveDVD because I thought that would be faster, but the 8 bit desktop was too much for my aging eyes, and then the installer wasn't responsive to my commands, and because I was installing next to OSX (which installer was saying was OS 6), as well as the disc partition program was not familiar--after several attempts to get Lu installed using an .iso from March '12, I switched to a Ubuntu mini-iso I had burned sometime back and went thru that graphical installer which was more familiar like the Debian version--seemed to take a long time, maybe 5 hours?? (mirror defaulted to UK for me in CA) and then I had to boot into (drumroll please) the green-black screen . . . . Had to play around reading the Ubun PPC FAQ to figure out how to get into a CLI that I could read and then ran the "nv" compilation/build, blacklisted nouveau. And . . . then tried to add myself to sudoers, which did work at first glance, but Xubuntu doesn't seem to have a separate "root terminal" and after letting me do all the other CLI stuff, but after I added myself to the sudoers it no longer accepted my password, and I can't "nano" /etc/sudoers back to edit it--"permission denied." The whole process took about 6 - 7 hours, but, I now have a working GUI system in the G4 iMac 800 once again using nv to run the display . . . I just can't run "sudo apt-get update" in the, uh, console. Unless I can somehow adjust the sudoers list--which following the MintPPC advice gave an error as it did when I did it the last time--"you should use the 'visudo' command" and I ignored it as I did last time, but in Xu it seems to have busted something?? I can probably use "Software Update" in the GUI?? but I like running the upgrades in the Terminal--such is life, the bitter and the sweet together.
So, back in a Linux system, we'll see if this one's a keeper or if it too will last a couple months before losing the display . . . 6th times a charm perhaps?? Thanks to all those who helped me on the twisting road to a new system . . . .
If I get time maybe I can now check the "Mahjongg" game tiles for rkmugen in a few days.