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32 and 64bit CPUs used in Macs from 1994 .. 2006. Also used in PlayStation3, many embedded systems, and some more esoteric *NIX boxes.

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Exception while booting debian 8 for powerPC with qemu-system-ppc on Ubuntu 16.04 host

I was trying to create and boot Debian 8 PowerPC VM under QEMU on Ubuntu 16.04 host using this guide https://gist.github.com/nstarke/c6593da117c459c18c255395211fa311 I used the following commands: ...
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cannot start PowerPC guest - QEMU/KVM

i'm having a lot of trouble starting up my PPC virtual machine. the returned error code is qemu-system-ppc64: Expected key=value format, found hv_relaxed, and i'm not sure what can i do about it. it ...
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USB powered off after boot with Power Mac G4 and Lubuntu

I have a Power Mac G4 that I'm trying to boot off of a USB drive, I can get it to load the kernel and ramdisk just fine, and it opens the display, but it shuts down the USB after loading kernel and ...
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eMac G4 does not show any OS install disks

I have a eMac G4 1.0 GHz that will not see any Mac OS install disks I put in it. I am not sure if I'm making the disks wrong, or if there's something wrong with my computer. I did replace the factory ...
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QeMU breaking after GCC upgrade

I've been developing for PowerPC systems for a while now and until recently have been relying on GCC 6.3, without problems. Currently, due to different reasons, I had to switch from GCC 6.3 to GCC 8....
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Is there an open source operating system I can run on an old Power Macintosh 9600? [closed]

I'd like to get some use out of an old Power Macintosh 9600 with a 350mhz PowerPC 604e and tinker with it. Is there any open source OS I can install on it?
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How to compile a code with SSE on PowerPC?

I am trying to compile minmap2 for PowerPC. I have this compilation line and I want to build it for PowerPC c -c -g -Wall -O2 -Wc++-compat -msse2 -DHAVE_KALLOC ksw2_ll_sse.c -o ksw2_ll_sse.o Is ...
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Why a program written in the Intel assembly language cannot be executed on the PowerPC processor?

Assembly language instructions are native to the processor used in the system. For example, a program written in the Intel assembly language cannot be executed on the PowerPC processor. I am unable ...
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How do I dual boot ubuntu mate and mac OS X 10.5 on a PowerMac G5?

I would like to try a dual boot configuration on my Mac but I have no idea how to dual boot on a Macintosh. Especially one this old.
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Apple G5 Heatsink on AM3 mobo?

I've been looking to replace my PhenomII 965be's stock heatsink, and my old G5's massive heatsink has drawn my attention. Do you think it would somehow be possible or am I going too far? my mobo: GA-...
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How to run Windows compiled for PowerPC on Modern PowerPC machines without instruction set enumeration?

Windows® NT supported more architectures in the past, but similar to Apple with their Mac, Windows® for PowerPC required an ARC BIOS in order to be booted (please note this doesn’t only concern this ...
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Internet sharing between PowerMac G3 running Linux and Windows 8 computer

I have a PowerMac G3 on which I have installed MintPPC Linux (a version of Debian) so I can run it as a web server. This computer has two network cards, one is in the motherboard and one is a PCI ...
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Installing new OS on Powerbook G4 without USB key or CD

I recently got a PowerBook G4 17" with a 1.67 GHz PowerPC CPU, 2GB of RAM, 100 GB of hard drive and running under OS X 10.5.8. These computers are actually getting more and more obsolete, and this ...
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Ok to install standard heatsink in PowerMac G4?

So, I had told my brother that I needed a good PC for schoolwork, and he gave me a PowerMac G4, and told me that I would need to dust it, as he hadn't used it in years. Upon taking it apart, I took ...
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How do I reset the IPMI interface on my Power8 server?

I have a problem with our Power8 box. I can no longer use the IPMI interface - every command I issue even simple read only queries like "chassis status" result in the following output: $ /opt/local/...
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Valgrind can't find debug symbols, even with --extra-debuginfo-path

I'm attempting to install Valgrind on an embedded Debian-based PowerPC system. I've managed to cross-compile it successfully, but now it's complaining that it can't find debug information. I've put ...
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Upgrading OS X 10.3.4 to 10.5 on a PowerMac G5

Here's the deal. I recently came into possession of a PowerMac G5, which came running Panther (10.3.4). According to those that I got it from, It was originally running Leopard, but as the rest of the ...
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PowerPC boots and freezes

My friend is using a PowerPC which he has maintained well over the years. Today, it fails to finish booting and freezes on boot attempts. He tells me the following: "It was operating just fine then ...
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Does a software service pack install to the machines system files, or to the applications files

Ive got a copy of vectorworks 2008 that ive installed on my mac running osx 10.8.2. The installer for vectorworks 2008 is a power pc application (but the actual vectorworks software isnt) so it can ...
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Using Openjdk in FireFox on Mac OS X 10.5.8

I've got an old PowerMac G5, and I found openjdk7 binaries for my mac! This is great. Now is there a way to use this version of java in a browser like Firefox or TenFourFox, so I can use web apps that ...
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How can I run PowerPC programs in OS X Lion?

I need to run PowerPC-only programs roughly weekly. They're on a CD rather than the HD, so they escaped my pre-flight upgrade checks. As Rosetta was killed in the last upgrade it's problematic to run ...
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Which live screencasting software supports a Mac Power PC?

I have a Mac Power PC and I have been wanting to do a live screencast of a this thing I do, but there doesn't seem to be a single widget out there that would help me out. It is not just a matter of ...
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2nd NIC for home linux proxy server

I have an old powerbook g4 (power pc), which is about to get debian 6 installed on it. I was considering using this powerbook as a home proxy/firewall so that I could get a better grip on iptables, ...
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What Linux distro should I install on an old PowerPC Mac? [closed]

I'm trying to set up my brother–who has a PPC Mac with 1 GHz processor and 256 MB RAM–with a Linux distro that would allow him to surf the web on the device. If anyone knows of this Mac, they also ...
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Can a Mac PPC laptop airport card die unexpectedly?

So we have this ancient Mac laptop -- an 800 MHz G4 PPC running 10.4.11 -- this piece of hardware is so old, we bought it well before Sarah Palin started her first half term. But it's been serving ...
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How can I install Java 6 on a PowerPC Mac?

I own a Mac Pro computer with a PowerPC G5 processor. In addition to having loads of RAM and hard drive space, it is also one of the few permanently placed computers in the house. As such, I want to ...
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Mac (PowerPC G5) gets kernel panics when booting off of installation disks

I've ran disk utility's disk verify on Mac OS 10.4 on a PowerPC G4, and it told me the computer's volume should be repaired. I lost the install disks for now, so I booted it off a Tiger installation ...
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Is it possible to change a PPC Mac into an Intel-based Mac?

I have a PowerPC-based G5 and would like to develop for the iPhone/iPad. I understand that the latest version of the development tools require an Intel-based machine. What do I need to change in my ...
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Any way to run older versions of OS X on newer Macs? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Installing Tiger on a Snow Leopard MacBook I would like to be able to run OS X 10.3 for the purposes of software testing on a modern (x86) Mac. I'm aware of emulators such as ...
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PowerPC emulator for Windows/Mac OS X capable of running Mac OS 8.1

I have an old Mac OS 7 application written in Symantec Think C++ 8 which I'd like to resurrect. I can run my old Mac OS 8.x image on Basilisk II exactly as it was at the time of development, ...
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What hardware is at physical address 0x80000000 on powerpc New World Macintosh?

Open Firmware device tree gives no clue what device might decode at physical address 0x80000000 to 0x8008200 on a G4 New World Macintosh. The mmu has three adjacent Virtual=Real translations for that ...
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Determine the architecture of a Mac from the command line or script?

I'm writing a shell script, and I need to know the architecture, i.e. PPC or Intel. Back in the day, there was a program /bin/arch that told you, but my Mac doesn't seem to have it. Is there an easy ...
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How do I keep my Mac from constantly going to sleep?

The system is a PowerPC Mac Mini running MacOS Tiger 10.4.11. When I login (I'm the admin), everything seems fine - until about 10-15 minutes later. Then the system goes into sleep mode. Each time I ...
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How do you use a Mac without a mouse?

So I was using my Mac Mini and decided to set the application button on Logic Click mouse to open Exposé. I had this set up at one time and found it useful. So I open the Exposé control panel and took ...
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Recovering/Creating NewWorld Partition on Mac G4 (PPC) after botched Debian Install

I was trying to install Debian 5.04 on a Mac G4, and in typical geek tradition, I didn't RTFM. During installation, I nuked all existing partitions, creating new to my liking. But as I learned ...
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Is the PowerPC (G4) architecture better than Intel x86 architecture for certain types of applications

I have a PowerMac G4 from around the year 2000. It's a serviceable Unix machine but I don't do much with it since I have plenty of Pentium 4 machines around with Linux on them. I was wondering if the ...
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Office suite for eMac

I have been given 10 old eMac computers to donate to a local primary school. I am a PC person but I have volunteered to set these up with some kind of office suite. The specs are: 700MHz G4 640MB RAM ...
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What computer history museums need hardware donations?

I have a "TAM" (Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh), that I would like to donate to a museum. (As far as I know, this is the first all-in-one flatscreen desktop...) The Computer History Museum already ...
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How to Make a PowerMac G4 run Linux?

Is it possible to run Linux on a PowerMac G4? If so, how do I install it?
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Debootstrapping karmic powerpc arch results in error?

I'm trying to retrieve the powerpc arch of Karmic Koala with the following command: sudo debootstrap --arch powerpc karmic /home/xbmc/karmic http://archive.ubuntulinux.org/ubuntu However, I get the ...
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PowerPC boot CD that can read NTFS partitions

I am looking for a boot CD that will boot a power PC (linux, bsd, OSX) and allow read/write access to HFS+ and NTFS partitions. What is the best option?
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Which OS can you load on an iMac G4?

I have stumbled upon an iMac G4: Upon booting it has a series of user account to which I have no idea what the password might be. Obviously a reinstall is in order. Which OSes will work and, more ...
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