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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2006 4:08 am    Post subject: BootX Help Reply with quote

I am trying to get Gentoo on my PowerMac 7200. I have the 2005.0 installation CD. I must admit that I am throughly confused about what to do to get this booted up. Would some kind soul please walk me through it?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2006 5:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

(These are the basic beginning steps (that I remember at any rate) I took way back when I tried installing on a beige g3 mac, so the CD might have changed a bit)
[*]Since your mac is an old world mac, you will need to boot into the MacOS first.
[*]Insert the Gentoo PPC cd.
[*]I think there is a copy of bootX on the cd, if not, you will need to get it from http://penguinppc.org/bootloaders/bootx/
[*]Install bootX onto you macs HD. (Don't need to reboot after)
[*]In your system folder you need to create a folder named something like 'Linux Kernels' (This should be specified in the Readme with bootx).
[*]Copy all of the files from the cdrom's 'boot' directory contents into the 'Linux Kernels' directory.
[*]Now you should be able to go ahead and open bootX from your hard drive.
[*]Under the kernel drop down menu, select the kernel you want to use. (I don't know what the selection is, so I cannot tell you which one to choose. Most likely they are named well, so choose the one that looks good to you).
[*]Click the 'options' button, and tick the 'Use specified RAM Disk', and choose the file 'initrd.img.gz' in the 'Linux Kernels' directory in your system folder. Click 'OK'.
[*]Now go down to the 'More Kernel Arguments' and type (or paste) in:
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cdroot root=/dev/ram0 init=linuxrc loop=livecd.squashfs looptype=squashfs console=tty0 nodevfs udev

[*]You might want to save this configuration, so go ahead and click the 'Save to Prefs' button.
[*]Now click the big 'Linux' button, and off to the linux installer you should go! (I hope)
[*]Follow the gentoo documentation , and hopefully in not too much time you should be running.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2006 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Everythings ok until Linux tries to mount the CD, it can't find it and asks me to specify the root device. Does anyone know what th epath to the CD-ROM would be? This is a PowerMac 7200.
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