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OliFFM
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PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2005 6:09 pm    Post subject: How to get boot messages an G5 Reply with quote

I'm installing Gentoo on my double 1,8GHz G5 with a nvidia (the radeon 9600 is ordered...). Most of all goes quite as expected, as I've installed Gentoo on a iBook G4 before (which has been stolen :cry: ).
But I can't see the boot messages, and for controlling reasons I think it's nice to have them.

When booting, firts of all I see the messages on the OpenFirmware screen. Then it switches, so I see the two Tuxes and all the kernel messages. But right after prompting the last kernel messages, no more boot message e.g. from the init-scripts are printed onto the screen. At least, I can see the login, so I can work further on (good luck with that...).
Another disadvantage is, that xorg can't find any used consoles, hence it uses console 0, but this is needed by the first console. So i can't see X untill I kill it's process and start it again. Then it uses console 7 and everything works fine.

I've compiled about 20 flavours of the kernel, but I can't solve the problem.
I tried the original gentoo 2005.0 .config file: As long as it should automaticly mount devfs on boot, the messages are printed. When I switch it off, the messages aren't printed any more.
I can't switch on mounting devfs on boot, because I don't have a devfs system, so it can't find any partitions in /dev/...

Has anybody an idea?

Thanx,
Oli
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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2005 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not expert but I had similar problems. Mine was related to the framebuffer setting and I had to include a special config for all my PPC ...AND... my old AMD machine.

Try adding VGA=0x317 to your kernel parms and see if that does the trick. My AMD was a bit more complicated, I had to ditch the ng framebuffer in the kernel and use the legacy one.
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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2005 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a FAQ with udev. See here.
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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2005 3:28 pm    Post subject: solved... Reply with quote

Shame on me, I should have known this, especially after this lot of gentoo installations with udev :oops:
Thank you a lot!
For k0fcc: I tried similar things as well, I switched through all fb-devices, but nothing helped. BTW: VGA can't work on PPCs, it's x86 xpecific.

Thank you all :)
Oli
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