Re: pdisk and OS9
> I have an iBook (Family #M2453) running OS9 with MAC OS ROM 3.1.1.
> The hard drive reports as a Toshiba MK3211MAT and the driver version is
> reported as 3.2.4 in OS9. The pdisk version appears to be 0.7.
Mac pdisk is broken in MacOS9. I haven't heard of it failing to report on the
existance of a drive, but if you write a partition table with it, it will not
work with linux. It could, though, perhaps, account for your problem.
I'm not sure how you would go about getting a good partition table. I have had
problems w/ fdisk reading partition tables created by apple drive setup (and
even pdisk). It forces me to destroy the existing partition table and create a
new one... I might try creating linux partitions or blank hfs partitions w/
drive setup and just mounting them in the installer (and obviously formating
Your first ide device should be /dev/hda btw.
> <snip:error message>
> Is there a newer version of pdisk that can help me, and if not are
> there any other utilities that I can use to make a Apple_Bootstrap
> partition, or at least see the partition information of the hard drive.
In order to use yaboot, you need a small hfs partition (apple drive setup will
make one nicely) with the yaboot executable and kernel on it.
> I would also like to know what sound chipset and ethernet chipset (read
> what drivers are needed for Linux) are in the iBook and what the
> development status is for them.
AFAIK the ethernet and sound chipset are supported by BenH's new kernels
(http://ppclinux.apple.com/~benh). I think I was told that the iBooks still use
the sound cable interface off of the cd, so you can still play cds (unlike the
Shouldn't people be arrested and persecuted for engaging in their
constitutional rights? http://www.opendvd.org