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PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2003 9:41 am    Post subject: Installed Gentoo on my OldWorld mac without touching MacOS Reply with quote

I know I've been trying to do this for a while and i figured others might be as well. My mac is a PowerComputing PowerCenter Pro 210 upgraded with a G3 500 cpu running scsi disks.
First I installed a bare debian install on a spare hard disk because debian has HFS boot disks.
I used debian to fdisk the gentoo disk. I then mounted it under debian. Next I extracted the stage 3 G3 tarball onto the gentoo disk. Next copy over the binaries:
ofpath
quik
quikconf
nvsetenv
/boot/first.b
/boot/second.b
into the same locations on the Gentoo disk as they were on the Debian disk. I also had to find a kernel to use. The kernel on the Gentoo LiveCD was too big for quik to load. I found and used this kernel through a google search: http://www.ppckernel.org/kernel.php?id=24 (untar into /boot on the gentoo hard drive)
Once this was done I shutdown the system, removed the debian hard drive, and booted up again using the Debian HFS boot floppy and used the menu options to mount the Gentoo hard drive. Then I simply chose "Make system bootable" in the Debian install menu.
I also chose to execute a shell and run "nvsetenv auto-boot? false" this way i come to an openfirmware prompt at boot in case of problems. After these steps the machine booted right into gentoo, but gave an error because the kernel above doesn't have devfs, no problem, I just rsynced the BenH kernel from penguinppc.org and compiled a new one.
Now I have an oldworld mac with no HFS partitions booting directly into Gentoo!!
Good Luck!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2004 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

in reply to your post how and where did you get the hfs boot disk images i was just wondering anyways any help appreciated
T. Paquette
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