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Those machine are very nice. The only difference with its successor is the CPU which will be an intel for the next "revision". Most of the harware is working, but you still need some tweak to get all working properly.



  • an iMac G5 iSight
  • Alternate PPC install CD :

  • either a Mac OS X installation or at least, backup /System/Library/Extensions/IOUSBFamily.kext/Contents/PlugIns/AppleUSBVideoSupport.kext/Contents/MacOS/AppleUSBVideoSupport in order to extract the built-in iSight firmware later.
  • Some knowledge about how to build a kernel, rebuild a debs, etc.

What works

  • display (3D acceleration, extended desktop)
  • Wired network
  • iSight
  • Fans

What does not work

  • Airport Extrem ?
  • Apple Remote



Boot with install-powerpc64 video=ofonly


You should avoid radeonfb, even if radeonfb works with latest version, it's broken with ati Xorg driver. Kernel mode setting will fix this making radeonfb useless.

Windfarm PM121

In order to get the fan silent, you need the windfarm-pm121 driver. Get latest Linux 2.6.24 source and apply windfarm-pm121.patch available at . Ensure you have windfarm-pm121 built. The module should be loaded automatically.


You'll need an updated xf86-video-ati driver. Use Tormold Volden PPA src package : . Rebuild using debuild. Then, no need to tweak xorg.conf.

Built-in iSight

Built-in iSight shiped within this mac is exactly the same as the one found in next iMacs and MacBooks. Check out latest linux-uvc driver at . Those device need firmware loading. This is done using isight-firmware-tools. See . Debs are available at , build using debuild.

Apple Remote

The driver hasn't been ported yet. The device seems to send different data.

Airport Extreme

I report bcm43xx listing AP but not attaching. I never get b43 to load properly the firmware. Needs investigation.


iMacG5iSight (last edited 2008-08-06 16:24:17 by localhost)