Problem with installation on iMac G3


I have some issues with the installation of opensuse 11.0 on my iMac. What I have done:

  1. Burned and boot the CD-Image for network installation
  2. Start installation with textmode (slp textmode=1) because there is a problem with the graphic card (see PPC Installation Issues - openSUSE)
  3. Start installation from a FTP-Server (

It’s working very well until this point. Yast started in textmode and run through the hardware detection.

Probe USB devices

Confirm driver activation
YaST detected the following device
OPTi Inc.
(OPTi Inc.)
Driver/Module to load

Load kernel modules for hard disk controllers

Confirm driver activation
YaST detected the following device

Driver/Module to load

The last step “Initialize package manager” downloads the information from the server and when it displays “Building repository ‘openSUSE-11.0-FTP 11.0’ cache” the system freeze.

I hope somebody can help me with this problem.

Mr. S

you might try to install 10.3 first and then upgrade to 11.0.

that is what i am trying right now to resolve my problem with the blueish-white bar across the screen that i have when i try to install 11.0 on a powerpc.

your g3 is ppc correct?

i have successfully installed openSUSE 10.3 on my ibooks in the past. it seems to be going well right now but i have not run a clean reboot that was not part of the install process yet.

it is something you could try while we look for a workaround.


10.3 has successfully net installed onto my ibook g4. although i am having some problems with gstreamer effecting my sound i should resolve that shortly.

you might try to install it onto your imac g3 just to get it going.

i will post the result after i try to upgrade to 11.0.

there is a chance that this path will eliminate both our problems.:shame:


Thanks for your replay! I think I’ve a hardware problem with my iMac because it’s not possible to install openSUSE 11.0, openSUSE 10.3 or Mandriva 10.2. It’s the same problem on all distributions.