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PostPosted: Sun Jul 25, 2004 10:20 pm    Post subject: Once again, bootx problem on G3 Reply with quote

Hi!

I've looked all over the forums and the documentation and I haven't found anything that works:

I'm trying to install 2004.1 on a Beige (Old World) G3. I've not had problems (except with documentation) installing YDL or Mandrake on the G3.

I've watched flames about the documentation or lack thereof -- as far as I can tell there is nothing more than the following about using bootx in the whole installation manual:

"Place the LiveCD in the CD-ROM and reboot the system. Hold down the 'C' key at bootup (or run an OldWorld bootloader like BootX or quik). You will be greeted by a friendly welcome message and a boot: prompt at the bottom of the screen."

Of course I've hunted on forums and googled--and I've found people making suggestions about using the following kernel arguments:

root=/dev/ram0
init=/linuxrc
cdroot

and changing the size of the ram disk to 32000.

Nothing works.

(To be thorough, I should add here that I put the G4 kernel into my Linux Kernels file in the System Folder, and used it and the ramdisk image that came with the distro. People have talked about a boot file--I can't find one on the download or on the disks I purchased. One developer suggested looking at the yaboot config file: I can't open it on the G3--I suppose I could on the G4 I've downloaded and burned my cds with.)

1) What can I do? I've tried both the minimal and universal cds I bought directly fron Gentoo (adding a contribution at the time of my purchase), and I've d/l-ed one, verified it and tried that one. I've tried all the kernel arguments above in various combinations to no avail (The best I get is a few lines of text, the penguin, and then--the rest is silence...) Have I filed something wrong, am I using the wrong kernel arguments?

2) Why is there nothing more in the PPC installation part of the manual about bootx specific to Gentoo? On the forums people have been complaining about it for at least, methinks, a year....

Thanks,

Nat
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2004 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you get any sort of error message?

When the system comes up (after holding down the key "C") and you hit enter at the boot prompt ... is this followed by any sort of error?

Eg; not a valid ELF
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2004 10:51 am    Post subject: bootx install probs Reply with quote

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With Old World machines one can't hold down "C" to to boot from , that's why bootx is necessary.

No error messages: it begins to boot (about 12 lines of text), then a black screen with Tux and that's it--it hangs. (Or with other variations of kernel arguments: it hangs showing the text, or it reboots after three minutes of Tux)
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2004 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The "black screen with tux" seems to be fairly common on old world machines & 2.6 kernels. try "video=ofonly" (not sure on the exact line) as a kernel arg, or use the 1.4 live cd as a work-around
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2004 12:07 pm    Post subject: bootx install probs Reply with quote

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With Old World machines one can't hold down "C" to to boot from , that's why bootx is necessary.

No error messages: it begins to boot (about 12 lines of text), then a black screen with Tux and that's it--it hangs. (Or with other variations of kernel arguments: it hangs showing the text, or it reboots after three minutes of Tux)
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