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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2006 3:26 am    Post subject: Cant boot 2006.0 on BW G3 [solved] Reply with quote

I am having trouble getting my BW G3 server to boot gentoo. I have gotten it to successfully boot once and found out that I forgot USB support. I recompiled the kernel and copied it to the boot directory. Since then I can not boot the system. I get the folder with a question mark everytime I try to boot. I have reinstalled gentoo multiple times with both the 2005.0 and 2006.0 cd's. I have tried running yabootconfig --chroot /mnt/gentoo, ybin -v and mkofboot -v. Nothing seems to work. I have completely ran out of ideas.

I have 1 9GB SCSI drive and no IDE drives in the system.

fstab
/dev/sda4 / reiserfs noatime 0 1
/dev/sda3 none swap sw 0 0
/dev/cdroms/cdrom0 /mnt/cdrom iso9660 noauto,ro 0 0
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
shm /dev/shm /tmpfs nodev,nosuid,noexec 0 0

yaboot.conf
boot=/dev/sda2
device=/pci@80000000/pci-bridge@d/pci9005,e2a0@2/@0:
partition=4
root-/dev/sda4
timeout=30
install=/usr/lib/yaboot/yaboot
magicboot=/usr/lib/yaboot/ofboot

image=/boot/linux-2.6.15
labe=Linux
read-only

fdisk-l
/dev/sda1 Apple_partition_map Apple
/dev/sda2 Apple_Bootstrap bootstrap
/dev/sda3 Apple_UNIX_SVR2 swap
/dev/sda4 Apple_UNIX_SVR2 root


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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2006 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, you get the folder with a question mark when OpenFirmware can't find a partition it can boot from. You could try booting into OF and making sure that the disk is readable from there (You can use the OF command dir to list the contents of a folder from within OF). Perhaps also try holding down option on boot and see if the hard disk with a penguin icon shows up.

I'm not really sure though, that's weird. :p
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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2006 1:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dir brings up can't OPEN the DIR device and holding option does not bring up the boot menu like the G4's and later. It only shows the folder with the question mark.

I have installed a 1G ide drive for the boot drive but have not gotten this to work. I have changed the yaboot.conf to read device=hd: and changed my fstab to include the boot drive. Ran mkofboot -b /dev/hda2 (I think b anyway, can remember without looking, the one to specify the drive) and still no go.
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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2006 3:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I pulled the scsi drive out and installed an 8GB ide drive in the system. Reinstalled gentoo from scratch (again :( ) and still no go. I checked and my openfirmware version is 3.1.1, which is one that I have to use yaboot on. Is there any other boot loaders for the powerpcs that work on new world systems?
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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2006 4:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

reinstalled the scsi device and added an older adaptec 2940 scsi card to the system. I redid the system again and everything worked perfect. I guess apple does not like an adaptec 29160 scsi card?
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