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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 2:46 am    Post subject: PPC install issue ("default catch" after "boo Reply with quote

Hello,

I am having issues booting off the 2008 Universal CD (PPC) on my iMac DV+ (G3).

I do the usual to boot off the disc at power on (hold down C), no problem.
The issue I encounter is post "boot:".
The system begins to boot, and then it dies with a "default catch" and drops me to the "ok>" prompt.

Is this somethign to do with OpenFirmware on my system?
Is this a simple matter of boot flags?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moved from Installing Gentoo to Gentoo on PPC.
ppc stuff, so moved here.

It probably boots the 64-bit kernel since you didn't specifically select the ppc32 kernel. Or did you?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I renew this thread because I am experiencing the same problem with an iMac G3. Trying to install from Live CD 2008 I' ve got as result the Open Firmware reply. How can I select the kernel for Power PC 32?
Thanks in advance for your assistance. I would like to try Gentoo in my Mac, so if there is also any chance other than Live CD please let me know!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

type 'ppc32' and press the enter key :wink:
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi.
Now it is OK regarding the boot.
But .... the problem is just at the end of initial activity. The result is:
No cdupdate.sh script found, skipping ...
Booting (initramfs)
init/sbin/init : no such file or directory
Kernel panic - not syncing: Attmpetd to kill init!
Rebooting in 180 seconds..

And of course it reboots in OSX.
Some useful suggestions?
Thanks in advance
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's possible the optical drive of your system has trouble reading the cdr/cdrw you used. cdr's and cdrw have lower reflectivity than mass produced 'silver' cd's.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks nixnut.
Via a fresh CD it seems to be OK now, but ..... what I should write at the "Live CD root" request?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think what you need is the installation handbook
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