Re: installing Debian on an OldWorld PowerMac
use bootx after the machine has been booted into the macos- there is plenty
of documentation available on how to do this.
on 03.3.11 11:13 PM, Nori Heikkinen at email@example.com wrote:
> a friend and i are trying to install debian on his old PowerBook G3
> "Wall Street". having just stuck a CD into many x86s, i blithely
> assumed this would be similar. But not only is his CD drive kind of
> flaky, the OldWorld macs won't boot off an ISO image:
> OldWorld Powermacs will not boot a Debian CD, because OldWorld
> computers relied on a MacOSROM CD boot driver to be present on the
> CD, and a free-software version of this driver is not available. All
> OldWorld systems have floppy drives, so use the floppy drive to
> launch the installer, and then point the installer to the CD for the
> needed files. 
> contrary to the assertion above, his OldWorld system does *not* have a
> floppy. So, we've been trying to do it from Open Firmware, as
> described in the next paragraph of that same page:
> If your system doesn't boot directly from CD-ROM, you can still use
> the CD-ROM to install the system. On NewWorlds, you can also use an
> OpenFirmware command to boot from the CD-ROM manually. Follow the
> instructions in Booting NewWorld Macs from OpenFirmware, Section
> 5.4.3 for booting from the hard disk, except use the path to yaboot
> on the CD at the OF prompt, such as
> 0 > boot cd:,install\powermac\yaboot
> note that this is not a NewWorld.
> um .... we're lost here. we have no floppy, but we're not NewWorld,
> so we can't boot off CD but we can't use OF either?
> has anyone gotten Debian up and running on a WallStreet PowerBook?
> any pointers?
> thanks a lot!