Gentoo Forums
Gentoo Forums
Gentoo Forums
Quick Search: in
Gentoo on G5 Xserve
View unanswered posts
View posts from last 24 hours

 
Reply to topic    Gentoo Forums Forum Index Gentoo on PPC
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
bogomips
n00b
n00b


Joined: 14 Sep 2003
Posts: 18

PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2004 4:59 pm    Post subject: Gentoo on G5 Xserve Reply with quote

Has someone successfully installed gentoo on a G5 Xserve machine? I'm not
able to boot of the live cd:-(
All what I get is a kernel panic (I think it has something to do with the pci-bus).

I updated the live-cd with the 2.6.7 kernel because it has support for the Apple G5 Xserve motherboard. I had no luck and got the same error.

Perhaps someone else had more luck? Please share your experience with me;-)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
asiddens
n00b
n00b


Joined: 29 Aug 2003
Posts: 31

PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2004 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm also trying to install Linux on an xserve, but mine is a G4. I believe the problem is the cdrom drive. It appears that the livecds don't contain the drivers for the CRN-8245B cdrom.

I've tried using the 2004.1, 2004.0, and the 1.4 cd, and none of them have worked. I've also tried using a mac port of knoppix called Knoppix-MIB, and I experienced the exact same kinds of errors when it was trying to load the kernel. It gives some error about not being able to mount or find the cdrom and then gives a whole bunch of copy errors before deciding to give up and quit. (see https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic.php?t=178300).

I haven't been able to successfully locate a driver yet, and most unfortunately I haven't been able to install from os x server because it won't let me partition the drive. And the os x server install cd won't even let me partition the drive! If I could partition the drive, then I could split the drive into two partitions and install os x server on the second partition. Then from inside os x server you can install gentoo to the first partition I think (see the alternative installation section in the install docs and the gentoo ppc handbook).

So that's my next step is to try to find some way to repartition the drive and install os x. Or else find the cdrom driver and try to make my own bootable cd (I have no idea if i can successful do that). But if I'm successful I'll post about the solution.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
asiddens
n00b
n00b


Joined: 29 Aug 2003
Posts: 31

PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2004 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, I think I'm giving up on this one. I figured out how to partition the drive from the os x install. Stupid Apple, for supposedly being user friendly their typical ui is rather non-intuitive. To format the drive you have to go to the menu first thing before anything else and select the disk utility.

However, the problem then is being able to split the first portion of the drive up into the requisite linux partitions. I have not found a way to do that yet. I can't can't mac-fdisk to compile or run under os x. Nor can I get parted to comple or run under os x.

I did try some netbooting stuff. But the only one that would actually boot up correctly was a Debian image, and it wouldn't access the network. Which is ironic since it was actually booting from the network. And it was just an installer thing with no partitioning utilities that I could access. And I also couldn't figure out how to mount the harddrive even. The installer says the harddrive is mounted in /target, but it isn't. And there's no /dev/hd* at all. So whatever.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
JHuber
n00b
n00b


Joined: 24 Jun 2003
Posts: 33

PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2004 3:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

to split the partition on os x open disk utility, select your disk that you want to partition, click the partition tab on the right select the partition and click split. click partition and your done.
_________________
I always thought signatures were silly. Of course I am silly too.......
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
asiddens
n00b
n00b


Joined: 29 Aug 2003
Posts: 31

PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2004 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uh, thanks, I figured that out. Read my last post. I already split the disk into two partitions, the linux half and the os x half. What I am unable to do is partion the linux half into the linux partitions (bootstratp etc.).
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
deffjammer
n00b
n00b


Joined: 20 Nov 2003
Posts: 11
Location: Minneapolis, MN

PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2004 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you only have a Xserve with 1 disk bay the installation is a little tricky. I had to use the debian initrd installer, once I had debian installed with my own kernel I cross-compiled I could start setting up the gentoo partition. Then its just like any stagex install only chroot from the debian partition instead of the livecd.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Reply to topic    Gentoo Forums Forum Index Gentoo on PPC All times are GMT
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum