Re: Beige G3 won't boot
On Wed, Feb 13, 2002 at 02:46:56PM +0100, Bertram Bourdrez wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 14, 2002 at 12:22:43AM +1100, Craige McWhirter wrote:
> > On Wed, 2002-02-13 at 10:48, Bertram Bourdrez wrote:
> > > I have some problems booting my beige G3. It currently runs MacOS 9, which
> > > fails to recognise the RealTek 8139 I've put into it (I can't use the
> > > onboard NIC as my hub only understands 100 Mbit). So I tried booting off a
> > > floppy, and failed miserably. Sometimes the boot process just ignores the
> > > floppy, at other times it ejects it. Using OpenFirmware to boot the floppy
> > > results in similar failures. Anyone any idea how to get a network-less G3
> > > running?
> > IIRC you wont be able to boot from floppy, or CD. This is the price we
> > Beige G3 users pay for having old hardware :/ As another respondant
> > mentioned, you will need to use BootX. You install this off the Debian
> > CD into MacOS then use it to boot off the CD and you can begin your
> > Debian installation.
> > Unless you want to do some messy hacking, I recommend keeping MacOS,
> > preferrably on a seperate disk or on a partition >= 100M and using
> > BootX to load Debian on boot.
> Ah, thanks. I still have a few questions remaining... will I need to
> download the entire Debian CD or can I get away with getting some files into
> MacOS through sneakernet? Second, my first intent was to dual-boot OS X with
> Debian, is this somehow feasible or do I have to keep OS 9 around? I'm still
> somewhat unclear on the boot-through-BootX thing. Ideally I'd like to
> eliminate the need for OS 9 entirely.
I don't know if you can use BootX from OSX. At least, I haven't heard
of anyone who's done that. If you have an exchange partition for data
going between OS's, it would be best to make it HFS. Also, I'm not
sure but I believe OSX depends on OS9 for its ability to run pre-OSX
apps; you might be giving that up.
Also, although sometimes it's challenging, you can have a primitive
dual-boot capability using quik once you've installed Linux. If that
works, you could safely lose BootX.
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