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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2004 1:41 am    Post subject: Deleted OS9 Partition, Now it won't boot Reply with quote

I deleted by OS 9 partitons hoping to resize my linux ones in order to get some more room, but I can't boot into Linux any more. It leaves me at the prompt for Open Firmware. What can I do to revive it?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2004 4:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try booting from one of the Gentoo CDs (are they not called LiveCDs anymore?) and running mkofboot and/or ybin, to re-bless your bootstrap partition. If that doesn't work, you may have accidentally deleted a Linux partition.

EDIT: Just for good measure - verifying things with mac-fdisk would probably be a good idea.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2004 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hmm... what kind of machine is it ?
Just a bit of a shot in the dark... but i think it's trying to boot the OS9 which isn't there anymore.. you might be able to solve that by resetting the nvram (just keep Command-Option-P-R pressed upon booting up and wait till you've heard it chime, then wait longer till you've heard it chime for a second and third time).
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2004 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ruben wrote:
hmm... what kind of machine is it ?
Just a bit of a shot in the dark... but i think it's trying to boot the OS9 which isn't there anymore.. you might be able to solve that by resetting the nvram (just keep Command-Option-P-R pressed upon booting up and wait till you've heard it chime, then wait longer till you've heard it chime for a second and third time).


It's a G3 Lombard PowerBook. Sorry I forgot to mention that. I'll try that when I get home.

It does appear to be trying to boot OS 9. That would make sense with the screen that shows up. It is similar to what that used to look like.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2004 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it's a G3 PowerBook, that means it's an Old World machine (I think) which means no Open Firmware - so your bootloader is BootX, which has to be installed in OS9 (I think?). So maybe your bootloader was toasted by your OS9 purge.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2004 1:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Immortal Q wrote:
If it's a G3 PowerBook, that means it's an Old World machine (I think) which means no Open Firmware - so your bootloader is BootX, which has to be installed in OS9 (I think?). So maybe your bootloader was toasted by your OS9 purge.


That's half-true. I am pretty sure that my Lombard was the first G3 PowerBook that had Open Firmware. At least I see it referred to on the book and I've used the hd:8,yaboot type command at prompts so that seems to work fine.

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I did the Comman-Option-P-R thing and let it sit through 4 chimes.

That left me with several lines like this repeating over and over scrolling off the screen:
DEFAULT CATCH! code=...
method draw-rectangle...

This follows a screen wih the words "Loading Second Stage Bootstrap..."

It's going by so fast that I can't really read the first screen. I'm guessing that's a bad sign. :-(
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2004 2:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, while trying to enlarge my partition and fix the problem I managed to wipe the partition table out entirely so I'm just going to start fresh. Thanks for your help guys.
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