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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2005 2:02 am    Post subject: Booting Gentoo installer from USB Reply with quote

I need to find how to boot an iBook from USB. Firewire would be doable as well, but I don't have an enclosure handy.

Ok, so here's the story:

My iBook, with both Gentoo and Mac OS 9.2 just recently decided to start having major issues. Many things are segfaulting and the linux partition, ext2, is rapidly degenerating into a mess. One of the tools I lost was gcc, if it weren't for that, I'd probably un-merge the majority of the packages and emerge from scratch.

Add on top of that my CD drive has been dead for over half a year. Netboot is eluding me completly, I'm sure that is a server side issue, but I don't know where.

My google skills fail me on this, so does anyone have any links or suggestions for me?

Good news is I have my data backed up.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2005 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get a recent snapshot for your system, and if tar is still working, untar.
That will mean having to emerge -e everything, but should get things going

I believe you have 1 or more of 3 problems. They are all hardware related.

1)If you are lucky, you recently installed extra ram, and the ram is wrong for your system.
The reason this is lucky:
you can remove the ram and your system should be ok.

2)You are slightly lucky, and you have a HD about to go bad.
The reason THIS is lucky:
The HD can be replaced relatively easily. The HD symptoms could be caused by overheating.

3)You are unlucky, and your machine is overheating.
The reason this is unlucky:
Can be hard to diagnose, might be logic board, or combination of components. From
the CD drive going bad I would suspect overheating.

4)You are really unlucky, and you suffer from a combination of overheating and component damage
due to overheating.
I will leave the reason that this is REALLY unlucky as an exercise.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2005 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, I've only got my data, being /home/milokp and some conf filles from /usr/src/linux and /etc.

It'll boot to OS 9, but it seems the linux partition is too far gone now. The good news, and there has to be good news or else nothing else could go wrong, but the good news is I found a file about booting the Mac Open Firmware. I somehow missed it in the debian documentation, and man there is a lot of debian docs.

http://d-i.alioth.debian.org/manual/en.powerpc/ch04s04.html

I'll be writing up a log when I find my USB CF reader. Not really supprising, my camera reformats any non-FAT SD card I try to give it.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2005 5:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the link. Looks quite interesting.
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