Subject: Re: Booting a Powerbook G3 PDQ
To: Bruce O'Neel <email@example.com>
From: Chris Tribo <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 03/08/2006 08:43:14
On Mar 8, 2006, at 7:49 AM, Bruce O'Neel wrote:
> setenv real-base f00000
> at times returns
> invalid number
I've never seen that, but that certainly is possibly PRAM related. Or
it could mean that the power manager board is fubar'd
> - os/x is installed (and in German, a language I don't read well) but
> the nvram command, odddly, doesn't seem to work.
You have to do sudo nvram foo="bar" or be root which is disabled by
default, to get it to change something. Otherwise it will silently
> Still, after playing around a bit this morning I was able to
> boot the ISO from below and install started.
Cool, I'll make up a 3.0/current ISO for old world machines if anyone
> Thanks very much!
> On Tue, Mar 07, 2006 at 08:40:03AM -0500, Chris Tribo wrote:
>> The gray screen with the circle is the MacOS 9 driver boot loader
>> for OS
>> X which means you dropped out of OpenFirmware, or you are really
>> to boot an OS X CDROM but specifying the wrong partition number.
>> Typically this happens if you really mess up the boot command, or you
>> are trying to boot a non-existent devalias. In this case it probably
>> means that the systemdisk/startup disk nvram patches that create ide0
>> and ide1 are not loaded. All I had to do was
>> setenv boot-device ide1/@0:0
>> setenv auto-boot? false
>> boot ide1/@0:0,OFWBOOT.XCF;1
>> If you can't dir ide1/@0:0,\ then you're trying to boot a hybrid
>> HFS/ISO9660 CD that the oldworld open firmware won't understand.
>> You can
>> grab my unofficial 2.1 ISO that does work here:
>> email@example.com wrote:
>>> As of yesterday I was the proud owner of an old Powerbook G3 PDQ.
>>> This means that as of last night I was trying to install NetBSD
>>> on said machine.
>>> The boot command on the model support page, boot ide1/@0:0,
>>> seems not to boot from the NetBSD 2.0 CD-Rom that I had sitting
>>> It did switch to a solid gray screen with a circle with a cross line
>>> on it (think European no parking sign in gray), but that was it.
>>> I tired a few other choices both from google searches and from
>>> devalias open firmware commands, but, no luck.
>>> Is there something special to boot this or should I just netboot
>>> and install that way.
>>> Thanks in advance!
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