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Re: Debian as only OS on a PowerBook G3

On Tue, Jul 12, 2005 at 07:54:54PM +0200, Klaus Ethgen wrote:
> Hello,
> Now I'm completely stuck. I tryed to install debian woody on a PowerBook
> G3. The think worked well until I tryed to boot the new OS. All I tryed
> did not help booting from the HD.
> The Technical:
> - PowerBook G3 (black case)
> - OldWorld MAC
> - 20 GB HD
> - Partitionated with first partition / (including /boot)
> - Bootloader quik
> The first strange was that ofpath shows /pci/mac-io/ata0/ata-disk where
> the system only has a /pci/mac-io/ata0/disk@0,0 at openfirmware. Next
> funny was that I could only access the firmware AFTER installing linux
> not bevore.

that could simply be that ofpath prefers to display aliases when
openfirmware gives the real system path.

given the bootloader failed, it probably took you to OF, which was also
accessible before by typing some cryptic key combinations (if it's not
<command><alt>+O+F, it is in the installation manual).

> Now the important: If I do a "dev /pci/mac-io/ata0/disk@0,0" followed by
> an "words" I get NO words. So it do not wonder why boot ata0/disk@0,0:2
> give an "can't OPEN".
> Is there any I can do to let this mac boot into linux? Maybe there is a
> way to create a bootdisk? The installation menu says that is not
> supportet. But the installation starts from the floppy so it must be
> possible to boot the normal system from floppy too.

if there is a way to boot on cd, you could fix the boot loader using
chroot from a debian install disk. i and others posted instructions on
how to do this on this list. 

also using sarge instead of woody is more likely to work.

good luck, paul

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