Mac Mini G4 adventuring
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  • Acolyte of the Butterfly
    Acolyte of the Butterfly
    esc
    Posts: 106 from 2013/5/28
    Hey guys,

    I just impulse bought a Mac Mini G4 - the 1.50ghz with the 64mb Radeon card.

    Anyway, I'm going to take it apart and upgrade the hard drive, RAM, replace the coin battery cell, and then plan to configure it for triple boot - OSX/MorphOS/Gentoo.

    I also plan to do some fun experiments in each of the OSes. I'm considering blogging this, if people think it'd be useful, but don't want to invest the time if nobody cares. Let me know if you think this would be of interest.

    Thanks!
  • »15.05.18 - 01:56
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  • Acolyte of the Butterfly
    Acolyte of the Butterfly
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    Posts: 149 from 2005/7/12
    From: Syracuse, NY, USA
    Nice one in getting a 64mb Radeon mac mini - nice machines for Morphos. Good luck on your upgrades and yeah... I'd read your blog posts about it - go for it and have fun.
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  • Yokemate of Keyboards
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    amigadave
    Posts: 2499 from 2006/3/21
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    Quote:

    esc wrote:
    Hey guys,

    I just impulse bought a Mac Mini G4 - the 1.50ghz with the 64mb Radeon card.

    Anyway, I'm going to take it apart and upgrade the hard drive, RAM, replace the coin battery cell, and then plan to configure it for triple boot - OSX/MorphOS/Gentoo.

    I also plan to do some fun experiments in each of the OSes. I'm considering blogging this, if people think it'd be useful, but don't want to invest the time if nobody cares. Let me know if you think this would be of interest.

    Thanks!


    Your blog will probably be more interesting to AmigaOS4 users who are curious about getting a cheap system to run MorphOS on, than it will be for long time MorphOS users that have been visiting MorphZone for several years, so make sure you also mention your blog on other forums, where the AmigaOS4 users hang out most of the time.
    MorphOS - The best Next Gen Amiga choice.
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    geit
    Posts: 912 from 2004/9/23
    Yeah, the Mac Mini G4 was the first supported MorphOS Mac System and most people got these right away. Later on the "market" got more spread with PowerBooks or PowerMacs.
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  • Acolyte of the Butterfly
    Acolyte of the Butterfly
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    Posts: 149 from 2005/7/12
    From: Syracuse, NY, USA
    Now a G4 Cube on the other hand.... :) :)
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  • Yokemate of Keyboards
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    Andreas_Wolf
    Posts: 9664 from 2003/5/22
    From: Germany
    > G4 Cube is compatible ?

    Yes, it is, see http://www.morphos-team.net/hardware, but with limitations ("Lacks support for the bundled USB audio hardware.").
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  • Priest of the Order of the Butterfly
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    koszer
    Posts: 752 from 2004/2/8
    From: Poland
    Quote:

    Papiosaur wrote:
    Hi Debaser,

    G4 Cube is compatible ?




    From what I know it's "silently" compatible. MorphOS will run on it, but the network card is not supported, so you have to work offline (and cannot register the machine).
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    Henes
    Posts: 496 from 2003/6/14
    "Devs/Networks/SunGEM
    [...]
    Fixed network setup on PowerMac5,1 (Cube)"

    Extract from http://www.morphos-team.net/releasenotes/3.4

    So, Cube's network hardware is also "silently" compatible ;-)
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  • Yokemate of Keyboards
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    Andreas_Wolf
    Posts: 9664 from 2003/5/22
    From: Germany
    > Cube's network hardware is [...] compatible

    What about Cube's USB audio hardware? Has it become compatible with MorphOS 3.10? (I know it's still stated to be incompatible on the MorphOS website, as mentioned above, but this may be an oversight.)
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  • Acolyte of the Butterfly
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    esc
    Posts: 106 from 2013/5/28
    Haha looks like cube is more interesting than mini, so I’ll skip blogging in that case. :)

    FWIW, I’ve got OS X 10.5.8 dual booting with MorphOS 3.10 so far. Gentoo installation is ongoing. Last night I found an updated stage3 tarball as well as updated kernel for the Mac mini g4 specifically, with more modern gcc (among other things). I changed the desktop profile and ran the emerge deep newuse world (not exact command, paraphrasing) and it’s been building overnight. We’ll see how it goes!
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  • Acolyte of the Butterfly
    Acolyte of the Butterfly
    esc
    Posts: 106 from 2013/5/28
    Quick update if anyone is interested -

    Holy crap getting from 0 to 1 with gentoo took some effort, but now I have a fast booting and fast compiling (for a G4!) basic GNU/linux powerpc mac. Pretty cool.

    Networking works, the kernel is rather new, nothing is broken, 'dmesg' doesn't throw any huge red flags. Kernel configuration was a pain, but so far so good. The hardest part was figuring out yaboot.

    Now, onward to configure xorg!
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  • Order of the Butterfly
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    ernsteiswuerfel
    Posts: 188 from 2015/6/18
    From: Funeralopolis
    Congrats! Yes, yaboot really is the source of endless pain.. :-(
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