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    Monday, 03 September 2012

    EFI Debian CDs, step 4: i386 support

    Continuing on from my third EFI progress report...

    I've added some i386 EFI support in debian-cd and built new images. Alongside a new amd64 image, we now have an i386 image and a mixed image which should hopefully boot and work on both 32-bit and 64-bit machines. The i386 support is more experimental at this point, and it's more difficult for me to test due to a lack of physical hardware. If you've got an older 32-bit EFI machine, this might work for you...

    Grab the images from http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/unofficial/efi-development/upload4/ if you'd like to help test. Please do, and let me know via debian-boot/debian-cd how you get on.

    As previously, the "bits" subdirectory contains all the tweaked d-i packages I've played with, in both source and binary form. My debian-cd changes are still in my branch but are just about ready for merging I think. I've posted my full set of d-i patches to the debian-boot list for review now, and hopefully we'll be able to get those changes merged in after the Wheezy d-i beta 2 build is done. Full speed ahead for EFI in beta 3!

    07:24 :: # :: /debian/CDs :: 19 comments

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    Re: EFI Debian CDs, step 4: i386 support
    j wrote on Sat, 24 Nov 2012 04:45

    TY! For the last few months I have been trying to get Linux on my Apple MBP 5,1. It's the one with the strange Geforce 9400m chipset, and the 9600m GT video card. When I hand created my efi bootup, and booted debian I had a garbled screen. So I set it aside till I had more time.

    Tonight I have a working system using your CD image. I have not tried the nvidia drivers yet, so I'm not sure if anything but vesa will work.


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