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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2004 6:06 pm    Post subject: Invisible gentoo on iBook... Reply with quote

Since I can't get TV-out to work on my iBook G3 500Mhz I'll have to reinstall MacOS X (not my computer). However, I still want to be able to use gentoo on the computer, so I've thought of two possible alternatives:
1. Hidden install on the built in harddrive.
2. Gentoo on external firewire drive.

If I've understood everything correctly I'll have to use yaboot in both cases. But I want the computer to act as iif there was no linux at boot - unless I press a key or something.

Is it possible to hide the gentoo install like this?

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2004 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First, do you have a partition to install OSX on? If not, do you have a way to get arround hosing your Gentoo partition?

If you install Gentoo first, then install OSX, OSX will write over the changes made by yaboot to openfirmware. OF won't know there IS a linux partition...unless you hold down the option key while the chimes are playing at startup, and you'll be able to pick the linux parition. So that would be one option. I think you wouldn't even be picking the linux partition, but the bootstrap partition, which would launch the familiar happy yaboot menu.

Annother option, is to edit your yaboot.conf to default boot OSX, and have a very small time (1 second) to change options. It would always boot OSX, and wouldn't hinder you any more than the time limit you impose.

After you re-install OSX, if you want to have the initial yaboot menu, you may have to run "mkofboot" and if not that, at least a "ybin -v"

~Michael
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