-----Original Message----- From: Ronny Schröder email@example.com
First of all, I don't ran Linux on an Old World Mac at the moment. But I have some Old World Macs (PM 7500, PM 9500, ANS ....) In my PM7500 I had a USB-Card for a while an I had also trouble to
get it to work. (under Mac OS)
What I remember, you need an OHCI-Card, UHCI-Cards didn't work for
The Opti cards that I have work well in OS 8.6 and higher on my 5400(8.6), 7500(9.1), and 9600(9.1) However, my G3(9.2.2) refuses to use it(which is weird because it had an Opti card in it when I got it). The 7500 and G3 use the Opti card just fine under Linux. However, the 9600 has a kernel panic when booting with the Opti cards or the Lucent card I have. Also, the Ali v2.0 card I have worked at one point in the 9600, but now it doesn't. It's kinda frustrating. It sees the card and loads the ohci_hcd module, and sees the USB mouse, but then it just disappears and it refuses to reload the module. I have to use the "irqpoll" option at boot as well. I have had other problems that I think has to do with some flakey memory, but the USB card shouldn't pose a problem. I also have problems when the 7500 & 9600 load the MESH driver. The Mac OS drive acts like it is dying, and I have to rmmod it to get it to stop. The G3 has the NCR controller instead of the MESH. To get the 9600 to run Linux, I have had to install it on the 7500. I have gotten it to partially install on the 9600, but I always have problems installing the rest of the packages.
Now, some of the big advantages of using Linux on the G3 is that even with the rev A ROM, I can fully use a 20GB drive on the onboard ata controllers, and I can use the slave assignments. OS X was also limited to the first 8GB to be bootable, but Linux doesn't care how big the "/" partition is, and I don't need a seperate partition for the /boot directory. The IDE drive gets about 9-10MB/s with the "hdparm -Tt" test. The SCSI drives I use get about 12-20.
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