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Re: Can I Install AND boot a new Kernel on an OldWorld PMac?

Hi Simon,

thanks for the pointers! I should probably have posted that I've already done everything you suggest:

The http://penguinppc.org/projects/quik/ is almost no help. Yes it lists the settings, but give almost no help on how to achieve them. System Disk (sets some OF vars from MacOs) is nice but undocumented. I've followed all the leads there.

I looked at the list archives extensively, but my search parameters never hit the right scope. Always got too much or nothing :(

The man pages were the only real help, but they don't go far enough.

What I need is more complete documentation so I can figure it out myself...

Christian Funk

On 07.01.2004, at 14:17 Uhr, Simon Vallet wrote:


On Wed, 7 Jan 2004 14:05:25 +0100
christian funk <c.funk@zweitform.de> wrote:

I'm desperately trying to get oldworld powermacs to boot different
kernels (official images or custom). Yes plural, since I have several
oldworlds and am not sure exactly which kernels I will need.

Can someone point me to a definitive HOWTO or thread in a mailing
list? If not, any feedback on the below is very very welcome:
You may look at http://penguinppc.org/projects/quik/, and find the
correct settings for your OpenFirmware version there.
There has been quite a lot of booting-related messages on this list in
the past, so searching the archives may also help.

Executing quik then has no effect (probably normal,
since quik leaves the nvram untouched, right?). Installing a fresh
Debian system enables to boot back into linux directly. Is there
another way to fix the nvram and/or pram after zapping it, so I can
boot directly to linux?
There is a utility to set OF vars from MacOS, but I can't remember the
name. With Linux, 'nvsetenv' will do the job

What seems strange, is that the original install process
writes a different quik.conf as quikconig. What writes the quik.config
during a fresh install?
If your quik.conf is correct (man quik.conf ;-), and your OF settings
also (see above), evrything should run fine.

Does anyone know how to get quik to work properly?
You will do soon :-)

Hope this helps,


Simon Vallet
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