Re: imac g3 installation problem
On May 28, 2006, at 8:54 AM, Giulio Canevari wrote:
In data 28/05/2006 09:16 Giulio Canevari ha scritto:
In data 27/05/2006 22:37 Rich Johnson ha scritto:
On May 27, 2006, at 3:27 PM, Giulio Canevari wrote:
Oh, and before I forget, _some_ of the G3 iMacs can boot from a
USB drive or memory stick. This may be your easiest path if
yours is one of them. If you have a spare USB drive, it
wouldn't hurt to try.
Who knows, on lowendmac they write it's unable.
"You cannot boot the iMac from an external USB drive." But in fact
it's not a drive...
They call this model "The Original iMac (Rev. A)" . This has 96 MB
Anyway i have tried, using qemu-system-ppc ( after many tries, with
sarge packaged 0.6.2 it didn't worked, with a fresh 0.8.1 i have
been able to boot debian-businesscard ) to create the partitions
for my usb key ( fdisk isn't that friendly, mac-fdisk even
worser... ), then i have followed the instructions of the
install.en.pdf , but i stop at chapter 5.1.3, Booting from USB
if i plug the key i obtain a pci-something node, than as a subnode
/device@2 ----> the usb key
But i don't know what to type in order to try to boot.
On the example i read: boot usb0/disk:2,\\:txbi
Also i haven't been able to type the backslash (\) char on my
You're off into territory I've never explored. I always have to
lookup all the OF commands. Netbsd has some FAQs covering USB
booting over at http://www.netbsd.org/Ports/macppc/faq.html#ofw-
version. You might find something there.
But if you really do have a Ref A. machine the chances are it's not
going to work. If that's the case you'll either have to go either
the TFTP route or cobble together a working CD-ROM.
Hmm....I wonder if the folks over at http://www.amugsicilia.it/ would
have some insight into USB booting and/or dealing with CD-ROM issues..