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PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2005 1:45 am    Post subject: gentoo on powermac 5500 Reply with quote

I was wondering if i could boot gentoo on my old powermac 5500. is it possable? how do you do it :?: I just gave up trying to gain access to it. everything in it is locked out via password.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2005 4:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

probably not then. It's really difficult to do anything with Old World Macs without macos <= 9 on it and accessible.

With it password locked and without a copy of macos you are going to have a really hard time
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2005 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is how I installed Linux on an old Powermac 7200 which came like your machine with a password protected Mac OS: I wiped the whole disk and partitioned it according to my needs (a small HFS oartition for the bootstrapping Mac OS and the rest unallocated to be used later under Linux, etc. etc.). I then installed Mac OS 7.5.5 which is free (as in beer) as a bootstrap OS. This one comes in 17 floppy images (14 for 7.5.2 and another three for the update to 7.5.5 which I applied though I am not sure whether it was really needed for the limited purpose at hand), see e.g. ftp://ftp.cs.tu-berlin.de/pub/mac/mirrors/apple/support/PowerBook/PB_5300_SW_Update/ for 7.5.2 and then ftp://ftp.usask.ca/pub/mirrors/apple/Macintosh/System/System_7.5.5_Update/ for the 7.5.2 -> 7.5.5 update.

In order to install the Mac OS you need to copy the bootable image (first floppy) and boot from it. It is not necessary to create physical copies of the rest of the floppies as long as you can get all of them on the hard disk of the machine. Then you can just mount the first image and install the system.

In fact, I did it without a floppy (I don't have any, mind you), by booting the machine from an old Linux PPC 2000 Q4 CD (which is mercifully a hybrid disk so it boots) to bring the Ethernet up and copy the images, and then from an iMac install CD I had around (that boots the machine, won't install, but allows the OS installation off the floppy images copied in the first step).

As I said, once I had a working Mac OS the Linux installation went smoothly by following the handbook. I am not sure about the particularities of the 5500, but you can certainly install a Mac OS 7.5 on it (be it by creating a lot of floppies in the worst case) and this should be enough.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2005 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 5500 needs at least 8.0 I believe. I tried a 7.6.1 CD and it would not boot or install. I used 9.0 and I have BootX running, but I am getting kernel panics on boot to CD. It is driving me insane. Perhaps because I only have 64mb of ram?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2005 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

malingjc wrote:
The 5500 needs at least 8.0 I believe. I tried a 7.6.1 CD and it would not boot or install.

Uh, my bad, I thought the 5500 is older than the 7200 but now that I looked it up I realize that it is actually about two years newer. Sorry.
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