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Art Vandalay
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2004 11:43 pm    Post subject: my imac G3 Reply with quote

hi,

i picked up an old imac g3 and am working through the ppc install handbook. i think its a G3, it doesnt write it anywhere - its one of those blue see through monitors with the built in cd at the front and cpu in one unit.

one part im stuck on is that, being a complete macintosh noob, do i have an 'oldworld' or 'new world' machine. i ask this becuase im not sure what partitioning scheme i need as i created an apple_bootstrap,swap and root partitions.

but on completing the install instructions and rebooting, the imac wont boot off the hard drive, and now booting off the live cd and running mac-fdisk /dev/hda informes me that there are no partitions! so much for the 3 hours i spent setting it up :(
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 03, 2004 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It boots off the Gentoo CD so it is a new world machine alright.

As for the mac-fdisk and no partition found on your disk, I know this sounds stupid, but you did press `w' (write the partition table) before `q' in mac-fdisk, right?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 03, 2004 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bruda wrote:

As for the mac-fdisk and no partition found on your disk, I know this sounds stupid, but you did press `w' (write the partition table) before `q' in mac-fdisk, right?


yes of course. ive just been informed that theres been an update to the handbook in section 4b. ie there should be 4 partitions on a new world mac.

1.apple partition map 2 .apple bootstrap 3. swap 4. root

not 3 as used to be mentioned up until a few hrs ago when i printed it :cry:

just my luck. ill try again!

thanks
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 03, 2004 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yup gotta make all four or it wont see the drive. ( well you gotta make the partition map for it to see the drive )
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2004 2:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hey, if you ever get Xorg working, post your xorg.conf file, cause i have not found it anywhere on the net and am in desperate need of one.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2004 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

macsruletheworld,

I think you were looking for the settings for your iMac monitor. I found this on Google, which might be of some use to you:

http://www.hadess.net/files/ppc/imac/XF86Config.imacDV2k
http://tastytronic.net/pipermail/ufo/2003-January/001669.html

The second one is interesting, it states that the iMac rev. b's built in monitor has a fixed refresh rate at 60Hz and variable vertical refresh, from 75-117Hz, hopefully that works for you.

Two other things:
1. Although the configs here are for xfree, the configuration files are very similar as xorg's, but we change the font paths.
2. The UseFBDev option almost always has to be on, otherwise it doesn't work.

Good luck
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