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PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2004 2:21 am    Post subject: Can't boot from LiveCD on home made G4 [solved, sort of..] Reply with quote

I've got a home made G4 that I thought was dead and gone (another story altogether), but for kicks I threw it back together, and lo and behold it boots. Installed OS X Panther, but I want to play with Gentoo on PPC.

I can't get either an older Gentoo Live CD or a new 2004.1 Universal to boot. They aren't recognized by Startup Disk, and I think I can't get it to boot from cold start because the BIOS doesn't recognize my Microsoft USB keyboard, nothing works on it until the OS loads.

Help!

UPDATE.

But good news, I was playing around in Openfirmware (apparently it does read the keyboard at least for that when the screen is black, I also tried C but still no work) and after lots of web browsing on the subject and tinkering, I manager to get it to boot from the partition where I copied the contents of the Gentoo CD. I just had to change the yaboot.conf file to point to hd:xx (partition number) and it worked!

This is what I tried in OF: boot ultra0:12,\boot\yaboot where ultra0 is the ultra-ata disk 0, partition 12, and load a file called yaboot in the \boot folder. I also tried ultra2:\boot\yaboot for the CD (cd is on bus 1, slave), but it wouldn't boot it still. So I'm pretty sure that for some reason, this motherboard won't boot these CDs but it does from the HD. I have no idea why.
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