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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2004 4:41 pm    Post subject: G4 installation -- problems deleting partitions, rebooting Reply with quote

I have been trying to install Gentoo on a G4 (AGP) workstation. When I tried to partition the hard drive, I got error messages when I tried to remove some of the partitions. When I tried to reboot, I couldn't reboot from the hard drive. (Before I began the installation process, MacOS 9 was on that hard drive, and I had no trouble booting into MacOS, so I don't think there's a problem with the drive or the connections.)

The partition numbers and types on my drive look like this:

Code:
 hdb1   Apple_partition_map
 hdb2   Apple_Driver43
 hdb3   Apple_Driver43
 hdb4   Apple_Driver_ATA
 hdb5   Apple_Driver_ATA
 hdb6   Apple_FWDriver
 hdb7   Apple_Driver_IOKit
 hdb8   Apple_Patches
 hdb9   Apple_Bootstrap [my boot partition]
hdb10   Apple_UNIX_SVR2 [my swap partition]
hdb11   Apple_UNIX_SVR2 [my root partition]


When I reboot holding down the "option" key, I got icons on the screen for a CD-with-penguin and hard-drive-with-penguin. Clicking on CD-with-penguin boots the Gentoo CD-ROM that's in the CD-ROM drive; clicking on the hard-drive-with-penguin, there's some delay, and then both icons are redrawn with a distortion that appears to be the UI's way of saying "failure".

How do I fix this problem, or at least get more diagnostic information?
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