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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2005 12:36 pm    Post subject: How to get started with a Powermac 6500 Reply with quote

I've got an old PowerMac 6500 and I'd like to install gentoo on it.

But how do I boot that beast? If I switch it on it shows just a small white disk-symol with a "?". So I guess the Macos was removed - and I haven't got any MacOS disks or CDs.
I searched the forum and google, but I only found that I'll need bootx for the OldSchool Mac - but I'll need Macos to install this...

Is there any way to get arount this?

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2005 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

there are bootx floppies/cds out there, not entirely sure where. I think DebianPPC has some
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2005 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, at this point in time and without MacOS, you should use the debian floppies. They can be found on this page: http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/powerpc/ch-install-methods.en.html

For the 2005.1 release we'll be reviewing our documentation, releasing bootable floppies and hopefully making it easier to install on old world machines.

Good luck!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2005 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got the debian disks booting :D

It's quite hard in this minimal busybox-environment, but it works... I've got a shell, fdisk, network, wget and chroot - but no bzip2 :( At the moment I'm building a gzip-version of the stage-archive...

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2005 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm...

Code:

chroot /mnt/gentoo /bin/bash
FATAL: Kernel too old


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I give up for today.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JoseJX wrote:
For the 2005.1 release we'll be reviewing our documentation, releasing bootable floppies and hopefully making it easier to install on old world machines.


Cool. I've stopped following ppc development since the 2.6 issues with my powerbook. Might dig it out again when/if this happens
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's getting worse...

First it was fine:
I installed debian on the partition that should become gentoo-/home. It booted fine :D (debian installed the quik bootloader), so I installed gcc, and a few other tools and compiled a vanilla-2.4.26 kernel.

But then the reboot - nothing. I hear the "boot-noise", I hear the HDs spinning up - but that's all. The screen simply switches itself off.
I tried Alt+Alt+O+F, and Alt+Alt+R+P after switching it on - nothing.

Any Ideas?
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