Este.el.paz I wanted to help you after I read this quote from you:
. . . but it should be noted that the hugely great thing about MintPPC is the fact that JD and the other posters/moderators actually respond to posts and offer his/their help and insights into getting this distro up to snuff and that is a major difference when compared to other unnamed distros where the common response to newbies is either indifference, no response, or even outright verbal contempt for folks new to Linux/unix who are just trying to get into it, such as GUI drivers like myself.
It seems you have a very low regard for other distros. This is a pity, because I don't recognise what you wrote and I wanted to reverse your opinion. I myself spend many hours every week (sometimes every day) helping people new to linux. I do this via replying to messages, but also now mainly through the huge effort of writing documentation. The information is there for people to solve their own problems. I still think this is the case for yourself. If people need any extra help because they don't understand something then I am more than happy to help them, but they have to try to read the documentation first. Otherwise they never learn or progress. More than likely I will adapt the documentation in response to their comments to make the wording better.
So why have I written the above? Well you are never going to get any help from theos911, linuxopjemac or others with the waffle you wrote. Things like this:
Every command brought back an "err" failure . . . "
make it impossible to diagnose your problem. If that is the kind of thing you write on other forums then it is no wonder you don't receive a reply. You have to remember that people who answer you on forums are all volunteers. They (with the exception of linuxopjemac) don't get donations of money or computers so are under no obligation to reply to you.
So here is one last go at solving your problem:
If I were you I would delete or rename your existing xorg.conf. This will do it:
sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bak
Then reboot and at the second yaboot prompt start linux with
Hopefully, this will boot into your desktop, but you will have rubbish colours.
Now if you need single user mode - I'm going to quote the FAQ
To setup an xorg.file you may find it more convenient (for example, if your picture is bad or black) to boot into single user mode. At the second yaboot prompt type (in Debian use Linux 1):
If this doesn't work then you may need to combine it with one or more of the other yaboot parameters above. This will boot into a menu (or take you straight to a root prompt). Choose 'continue boot' to take you into a command line login or you can choose one of the root options at the bottom of the menu list (in which case you can remove the word sudo from the commands you type).
So for single user mode I would advise you to type
Linux nouveau.modeset=0 1
If you haven't tried this already then you haven't read the documentation I linked for you.
If that doesn't work then MintPPC 11 is screwed at the moment. Ubuntu/Xubuntu/Lubuntu 10.04-11.10 works fine on your exact machine.