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Re: Booting of PPC Installation on PowerPC/Mac impossible?

"DJ" == Daniel Jacobowitz <dan@debian.org>
"RD" == Rainer Dorsch <rainer@rai16.informatik.uni-stuttgart.de>

   RD> Is there any deterministic approach to find out the path?
   RD> Or to get a list of possible paths?

   DJ> Nope :( That's the big problem.  We're working on a way to
   DJ> get this from the kernel.

There's no way to get that information directly from Open
Firmware?  (I haven't tried -- my machine has broken OF -- but I'm
thinking of `dev / ls' or `devalias'.)

   RD> Can I somehow enter OF as it is possible by pressing Del to
   RD> enter a i386 BIOS?  Is this documented somewhere?

   DJ> You need to hold down cmd-opt-O-F, but first you need to
   DJ> properly set kbd and screen aliases.  I don't know what the
   DJ> 9500 uses.

It looks like the 9500 uses 

   setenv input-device kbd


   setenv output-device /chaos/control
		     or /bandit/ATY,XCLAIM 
		     or /bandit/ATY,264VT 
		     or pci2/ATY,mach64

That information comes from Appendixes A & B of the LinuxPPC User
Manual, available as a PDF file from
They actually have quite a bit of information about Open Firmware
on the PowerMac platform, some of which may be helpful to Debian.


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