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yaboot failure B&W G3 Lenny


I have been racking my brains for some days trying to install Debian on a Blue & White G3 PowerMac. The primary hd is SCSI. Open Firmware 3.1.0 (Apple PowerMac1,1 1.0f5 BootROM built on 02/15/99).

I was finally able to install from a netinstall CD (20100201-16:52) using (yaboot):

boot: cd:2,/install/powerpc/vmlinuz-chrp.initrd

as the preprogrammed alternative says:

...disk@0:2,yaboot.conf: Unknown or corrupt filesystem Can't open config file

and cd:2,/install/powerpc/vmlinux gets
no filesystem could mount root
...Kernel panic.

After installation, of course the system won't boot, failing at
"Loading second stage bootstrap".

Requesting a boot from CDROM, yaboot has read yaboot.conf, and the default install says

/pci@80000000/pci-bridge@d/pci9004,7850@3/@0:3,/boot/vmlinux: Unable to open file, Invalid device

I can get in with the rescue disk (as above).

The SCSI disk is partitioned:
/dev/sda1 Apple partition map
/dev/sda2 Apple_bootstrap
/dev/sda3 Apple_UNIX_SVR2  /    8.6 G
/dev/sda4 Apple_UNIX_SVR2  swap

and the ofpath utility identifies /dev/sda with ...pci9004...

Does anyone have any suggestions?  Perhaps update the firmware?

Cheers, David Duffy.

| David Duffy (MBBS PhD)                                         ,-_|\
| email: davidD@qimr.edu.au  ph: INT+61+7+3362-0217 fax: -0101  /     *
| Epidemiology Unit, Queensland Institute of Medical Research   \_,-._/
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