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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 7:40 pm    Post subject: [solved]PowerPC G4 Installation Question Reply with quote

Hey. I'm considering installing Gentoo on the second hard drive my PowerMac G4. I want to know if I can select the linux partition in the default apple boot manager (not the Startup Disk preference pane but the option key at startup trick). I'd prefer not to mess with my bootstrap by installing yaboot...

EDIT:
Ok that aside, I'm currently having a very annoying problem. I boot the universal CD by holding C at startup. Then when the boot: prompt comes up I press enter. Then the following is spit out:
Code:
Please wait, loading kernel...
    Elf64 kernel loaded...
Loading ramdisk...
ramdisk loaded at 01e00000, size: 3562 Kbytes

DEFAULT CATCH!, code=300 at    %SRR0: 01407400    %SRR1: 00083030


Then follows the regular Open Firmware prompt. Anyone have any idea what's wrong?

2ND EDIT:
Ok I'm an idiot. I completely ignored the fact that it was trying to load a 64-bit kernel on a 32-bit machine. Well that problem's solved, now if anyone has an answer to my original question...


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 2:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure I understand your question? The bootstrap partition is a small (800k) HFS partition that appears as a bootable disk to OpenFirmware so that your Mac can boot. It shouldn't be required on a regular Mac. Perhaps you're asking about the default boot disk in NVRAM? In this case, it is certainly possible to set your OS9 or OSX partition to be the default boot disk and switch to the Linux partition by pressing option.

Hope that helps.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah. I was asking if I could boot Gentoo in some way without installing yaboot. From what you said it sounds like I can. Thanks!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, sorry if it sounded like that. In order to boot, you'll need either Yaboot (recommended) or Grub2 (not really ready for end users yet). But it does not have to be installed on the OSX drive.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 2:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah I realized that after I rebooted and discovered there was no way to select the Gentoo install at boot. And then I accidentally nuked the root partition while adding in the bootstrap partition... Ah well, I've started over and this time I made room for yaboot.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 11:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BTW, JoseJX, I am in the process of installing Gentoo on my iMac G3 after three frustrating months with OpenBSD.

All I have to say is that I love ya, man, and all the other Gentoo PPC developers. I mean an actual bootable installation disk! It feels like a luxury. And what, I am not spending hours and hours in Open Firmware.... oh, so, so nice.

Lord_Jeremy so, I am confused, did you solve your problems?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 4:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haha. Well, I figured out to fix my problems by tinkering with the partition map in mac-fdisk. Then I forgot to commit the changes to the partition. So when I ran mkswap /dev/hdb3 it was actually running on my root partition not the moved swap partition.
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