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Bug#315393: marked as done (Problems installing Sarge on OldWorld 7300/200 Mac)

Your message dated Mon, 13 Sep 2010 19:31:27 +0200
with message-id <20100913173127.GF3452@mykerinos.kheops.frmug.org>
and subject line No more floppies...no more bug
has caused the Debian Bug report #252426,
regarding Problems installing Sarge on OldWorld 7300/200 Mac
to be marked as done.

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Package:	debian-installer
Architecture:	powerpc
Flavour:	pmac


I got two 7300/200 these days and tried to install Debian Stable (sarge)
on them. Looking through the ppc-specific installation instructions, I
want to give some hints/bugs/wishlist items (note that this box isn't
pre-installed with MacOS, so I cannot just copy over the hd-install
stuff, no BootX, no StuffIt, no nothing):

  * The 7300/200 seems to not be able to boot off a CD-ROM, at least I
    failed to do that using
    Maybe I just used a wrong boot command line, but the install
    instructions are somewhat poor describing the actual boot process
    (note: I just got these Macs and never ever touched any Mac before).
  * Booting from floppy images
   also didn't work. The {ofonly,}boot.img floppies are just always

  * The install manual references a boot-floppy-hfs image, but that's
    not in the sarge installer directory. Though, it exists in woody's

  * After failing with installing sarge, I tried to install woody. The
    boot-floppy-hfs.img boots ("boot floppy:vmlinux"), the installation
    basically works (http://www.biccard.com/alan/7200/7200boot.html).
    Even the Quik part was fixed (contraty to the document above), nice.
    However, woody's installer kernel (2.2.x) seems to have some trouble
    with the MESH SCSI controller. On both of my Macs, tested with three
    different HDDs, I got into I/O errors sooner or later (sometimes
    during debootstrap'ing the initial installation, sometimes later
       Unfortunately, it doesn't work to initially boot with
    boot-floppy-hfs and then continue with sarge's boot/root/driver
    floppies. These do have devfs issues and are unwilling to work.
       Woody's install document
    even references the SRM console, so it's obviously just copied from
    the Alpha port and was fixed in some places afterwards.

So I'd like to get sarge boot floppies (or a CD, if the 7300/200 can
boot off it) to install Debian on this box. Also, the documentation
should be a bit more verbose especially about the boot command and
eventually ask the user to first reset the OF variables...

Thanks, JBG

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We no longer have boot floppies, so these architectures are no longer
the only ones without boot floppies. Hence closing the bug report..:)


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