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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2006 10:30 am    Post subject: To MacPwrBook - via lan!! Reply with quote

Problem is the following: in my PwerBook the optical is dead, the winchester is new. I'd like to have a Gentoo on it - but I have to reach an optical drive on an other PC via LAN.
There is some shell in it but the other - eg.Mac- forums are silent about this problem. Mybe I can find someone who is a bit expert here about the PowerBoot shell.

The box is : MacPowerBook G4 500Mhz modell:2001.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2006 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moved from Installing Gentoo to Gentoo on PPC.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2006 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IMO, your best option would probably be to acquire a new optical drive. Replacing the internal one would certainly be an option, but an external USB or FireWire drive would probably be your best bet.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2006 4:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think a network installation is what you're looking for? A while back I had a similar problem, have a look at this thread: https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-472593-start-0-postdays-0-postorder-asc-highlight-.html

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2006 6:50 pm    Post subject: Standstill Reply with quote

Thanx for the thread - I have read it.
Still I am experimenting.
I hope that it will work after setting samba sharing the /mnt/dvdrom (where my hdc is hiding) and the command
boot enet: IP, /mnt/dvdrom will start the process.
Am I right?

Where can I get some source on the OF boot and device tree?
Unfortunately Apple's OF Overview Part II. is forthcoming, and in part I. the dev.tree is not desribed clearly.
This way I could also start booting from an USB external device like DVDRom.

NB.: I have posted this problem at Apple Forum but there explicitely they answered "that is not possible". somehow It would seem strange...
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 4:58 am    Post subject: Re: Standstill Reply with quote

salmonix wrote:
I hope that it will work after setting samba sharing the /mnt/dvdrom (where my hdc is hiding) and the command boot enet: IP, /mnt/dvdrom will start the process. Am I right?


Not quite, actually. The boot enet command establishes a connection to a tftp server (a stripped down implementation of ftp, see RFC 1350 for more details), downloads whatever command you specify, and then runs that command. Usually you suck down a bootloader and a prepared RAM disk for emergency boot.

salmonix wrote:
Where can I get some source on the OF boot and device tree?


Maybe check out this site: http://www.kernelthread.com/mac/osx/arch_boot.html. It gives a nice overview of the OF commands, including booting from a LAN connection.

salmonix wrote:
This way I could also start booting from an USB external device like DVDRom.


Don't know about that one :-) If you search around the net, there are a few sites talking about booting your Mac from a USB device, but personally I haven't tried any of that.

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