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Re: problems installing debian on Performa 6400

On (16/12/05 23:11), Tara Athan wrote:
> I have been attempting to follow the instructions in
> http://www.us.debian.org/releases/stable/powerpc/
> to install debian on my Performa 6400/180.
> I have done the following:
> 1. created 2 partitions on my hard disk, one with the Mac OS installed, the 
> other blank
> 2. installed bootx
> 3. downloaded CD images from 
> http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/3.1_r0a/powerpc/jigdo-cd
> (I am using a Windows XP machine to download and burn- I don't have an 
> internet connection on the Performa- the modem is not functioning)
> 4. burned the first CD using Nero
> 5. copied vmlinux and initrd.gz (from the PowerPC folder on the debian 
> distro) into a Linux Kernels folder under the System folder
> (Actually the instructions say
> "Download
> |linux.bin| and
> |ramdisk.image.gz| from the
> |disks-powerpc/current/powermac| folder, and place
> them in the |Linux Kernels| folder."
> but I can't find those files, so I tried using the files for the New World 
> Macs (vmlinux and initrd.gz), which are present in my distro) 
> When I reboot, I see the BootX dialog.  There is no response when I
> select "Use RAM Disk"
> If I click on Linux, I get a console screen and see some welcome to linux 
> stuff, but it fails at
> VFS: Cannot open root device "<NULL>" or unknown-block(8,1)
> Please append a correct "root=" boot option
> Kernel panic VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(8,1)
> <0>Rebooting in 180 seconds..
> which it does.
> Clearly I am missing something important.. can anyone give me a clue?
> Are there |linux.bin| and| ramdisk.image.gz files somewhere I haven't 
> looked yet?
> |Thanks, Tara
> PS I have OS 7.5.3 installed on the Mac.

I believe this is a nubus machine which won't work with BootX; the good
news is that there is a way to install Debian using the MkLinux booter.

I put up some notes on installing woody on to a nubus mac sometime ago:


It should be adaptable to sarge.

I fear some of the links are now broken and I haven't had time to trawl
the web to find later sources.  If you get really stuck I may have
copies of some of the essential files knocking around on our servers;
let me know and I can mail them off-list.  I've still got the 8100/80
with woody on but don't use it and would like to find it a good home.  I
did vaguely think of reinstalling it with sarge and update my notes but
I've got too many other 'projects' on my list ..... 



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