PowerMac 4400/200 32M RAM
We should like to run debian (or any other free UNIX) on an old mac
called on the front cover a Power Macintosh 4400/200.
We dd'd the woody hfs floppy image to a floppy and were apparently
able to boot, but the monitor was out of sync so we just saw a fuzzy
penguin and grey stuff which may or may not have been text.
How do we stop the monitor going out of sync? Is there a bootloader
command line or something anywhere?
There seems to be some problem with the rootfs floppy we're using
because the kernel behaves like kernels that can't find root
(i.e. reboot after a few minutes).
We booted into yellowdog once from BootX and activating the "force
video driver" option (or something like that IIRC) would make the
video go in sync. Note that the monitor is just some random small mac
monitor called an Apple Performa Plus and probably doesn't go with the
case. We have access to any number of monitors so if you have any
model to recommend super duper.
We can't boot into yellowdog anymore because the install fscked up as
it was making the root fs, razing our MacOS to the ground. Is there
any small Mac system disk with a CD driver so we can bootstrap
yellowdog from CD again?
We have a PCI ethernet card in the box and plenty of access to boxes
running real operating systems, but very few with floppy drives. We
also have a random blue iMac running MacOS and some other iMacs we can
use (also blue FWIW and some with floppies). Can burn CD-Rs but the
4400 doesn't seem to like to boot off of them.
Please helllp we are clueless newbies