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Re: Problem installing on PowerMac 8600

Hello Holger,

On Thursday 24 February 2005 11:12 am, Holger Levsen wrote:
> > That's how I did it for all floppies. cmp can't find any difference. But
> > the images just don't get recognized by the Macintosh to be bootable.
> might be, that you mac drive has some problems reading floppies written by
> another drive.

Yeah, I think the floppy drive is just messed up.

> Current dailys should also work, but as you experience strange floppy
> problems go for a known good source.

Hm. I tried various "good source"s. The boot-floppy-hfs.img is quit old and it 
should be working.

> Where did you write the woody image ?

I wrote it on one of my own x86-maschines. 
The weird thing about the powermacs floppy-drive is, that the only floppy that 
the machine did not spit out right away was the boot-floppy-hfs.img. The 
floppies, which I wrote on various computers in my university's 
CS-department, behaved just the same way. Just for fun, I shredded a floppy, 
before writing the boot-floppy-hfs.img on it. cmp didn't find any difference 
with the .img-file on the HD. I wrote another floppy with the same image, not 
shredding it beforehand, and cmp didn't see any difference. So the two 
floppies shouldn't have any difference. The PowerMac spat the shredded floppy 
out but it took the unshredded floppy, but still couldn't boot from it.
This floppy drive must be posessed by some kind of evil or something. I should 
get a priest ;->

> So, in short, have patience & don't give up

I'm never ever gonna give up.
The problem is, that the owner of the machine wants to see some results. But I 
will get access to more OldWorld-Machines after he is satisfied with the 
results. I'm using BootX, right now to finish up this box, since I was able 
to get hold of a MacOS 9.1 Disk. But I will get back to those floppies.
Another weird thing is, that the machine was able to boot from the MacOS-Disk. 
What is different about the Debian Install CDs? There should be some way to 
make them bootable on an OldWorld-Machine.

Thank you for your help,


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