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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 2:50 am    Post subject: B&W G3 450 - unusual process Reply with quote

i'm almost there!

but i wanted to document some of the ridiculously silly steps i had to go through to get here.

1st off after holding c to boot off latest "install-ppc-universal-2005.1.iso"...

at the boot: prompt i HAVE to type ppc32 debug

then when it gets to the point where it fails...

it leaves me at a # (shell) prompt indicating errors...

i have to:

mkdir /mnt
mkdir /mnt/cdroms
mkdir /mnt/cdroms/cdrom0

then i have to:

mount -t iso9660 /dev/cdroms/cdrom0 /mnt/cdroms/cdrom0/

then i have to:

exit

then it goes a LONG way through the boot process and eventually prompts me to remove TRILLIONS of files...

at this point i just HOLD DOWN THE RETURN key until the list dissapears...

now the boot continues until i get all the way to the LiveCD prompt.. YAY!!!

then, in order to get the network working, i have to:

modprobe bmac

then pretty much everything else works as decsribed (my partitioning was a little different by my choice)..

untill i get to Yaboot hell

(and i could swear - SWEAR - that on my first attempt i was seeing a x.x.14 kernel - all attempts since have gotten me a x.x.12 kernel... WTF?)

so now i FINALLY got yaboot to boot my system w/ a yaboot config that i found floating around in cyberspace from some dude why got his mini booting (yay him!) - it made me declare full of paths for basically EVERYTHING... and now i can boot to OF, CD, os X, ... and .... NOT LINUX!!!

When i get to the yaboot prompt i can press l (ell) and get the linux kernel booting...

all i ever get to is the first belch of info that usually displayed immediately after Linuxguin shows in the frame buffer (p.s. i never see the Linuxguin)...

so anyway... there you go...

and yes i AM desparate to get this going...

is there ANYONE out there who's willing to help me just get past the edge?

and if anyone has any questions for me who haven't gotten as far as i have, please ask away.

but.... HELP!!!!! =) :lol: :D :roll: :P :?:
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 6:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Firstly, have you taken a look at the PPC version of the Gentoo installer manual? [http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/handbook/handbook-ppc.xml?part=1&chap=2]
Some other good background information on yaboot [http://penguinppc.org/bootloaders/yaboot/doc/yaboot-howto.shtml/ch1.en.shtml]

Secondly, why do you HAVE to use 'ppc32 debug' as the bootloader arguments? According to the Gentoo manual, your kernel choices include G3, G4 and G5. You would want to type in 'G3'.

As to the following errors, it sounds like the bootloader cannot find the installation image. One possible solution: at the bootup prompt, type:
Code:
G3 cdroot root=/dev/ram0 init=linuxrc loop=livecd.squashfs looptype=squashfs console=tty0 nodevfs udev


So at least it sounds as though you can start to boot into linux. What is the last text that you see when booting into linux? Does the computer seem to continue booting (hard driver chugging away) even after (I am assuming) the screen goes black? A little more description could be useful to troubleshoot the problem...
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 6:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

liber8ate wrote:
Firstly, have you taken a look at the PPC version of the Gentoo installer manual? [http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/handbook/handbook-ppc.xml?part=1&chap=2]
Some other good background information on yaboot [http://penguinppc.org/bootloaders/yaboot/doc/yaboot-howto.shtml/ch1.en.shtml]

Secondly, why do you HAVE to use 'ppc32 debug' as the bootloader arguments? According to the Gentoo manual, your kernel choices include G3, G4 and G5. You would want to type in 'G3'.

As to the following errors, it sounds like the bootloader cannot find the installation image. One possible solution: at the bootup prompt, type:
Code:
G3 cdroot root=/dev/ram0 init=linuxrc loop=livecd.squashfs looptype=squashfs console=tty0 nodevfs udev


So at least it sounds as though you can start to boot into linux. What is the last text that you see when booting into linux? Does the computer seem to continue booting (hard driver chugging away) even after (I am assuming) the screen goes black? A little more description could be useful to troubleshoot the problem...



at the boot prompt on the LiveCD if i press TAB ( i think) i am shown a 'list' of 'kernels' i see only one option ppc32 and nada elsa

and i have to do the debug - cuz if i do not - it just hangs in the boot process without allowing me to 'break' the process or get a prompt.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

etyrnal:
Are you sure that the CD downloaded correctly? Does the MD5 match the downloaded CD? Are you sure it burned correctly? Can you check the contents of the CD in OSX or OS9 on the same computer? Are you sure that the CD drive reads the CD correctly?

The errors you're reporting are *not* normal, for booting the livecd on any system. :p

As for your current boot problem, can you write down the exact error so we can help you better?
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