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Re: Netbooting a blue and white G3
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On Oct 15, 2009, at 8:57 AM, Andy Ruhl wrote:
On Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 7:46 PM, Michael <macallan%netbsd.org@localhost> wrote:
The easiest way is:
- - put ofwboot.xcf into your OSX boot partition, that way you
don't have to
mess with a FAT or whatever fs ( I seem to remember you mentioned
on that machine )
- - create the NetBSD partitions with OSX. No need to format them
anything, just create them and write down the partition number for
intend to become your root ( /dev/disk1sx where x is the number you
- - netboot into NetBSD, change the partition types to UNIX or
doesn't really matter what as long as it keeps OSX from attempting
them, put a matching disklabel in place ( should be more or less
), newfs, unpack, etc.
- - boot hd:ofwboot.xcf ultra1:x/netbsd with x being the number you
down above, and ultra1 being the devalias for your NetBSD disk. On
G3 it would be ide1, on my G4 it's ultra1, the iBook uses hd1 IIRC
- no idea
what it would be on a b&w G3, just look at your devaliases. But hd
point at the first OF readable partition on the first disk on any OF3
Ok, this is nice for people who want to keep OSX.
For my purposes, I can add a new disk to the machine (200 gig IDE),
but when I do it the thing no longer boots. I get the folder with a
question mark. I need to make sure I'm putting the slave disk in there
correctly though. If I can fix that problem, then this method seems
like a good idea.
That can be a challenge, many macs, especially pre-G4 models, are very
finicky about that. Some combinations will only work with cable
select, some only with master / slave set, some disks don't like each
other - it took me a while to get my beige G3 to boot with two disks
on the 1st IDE channel.
Question: You said "Create the NetBSD partitions with OSX..." then
"Change the partition types to UNIX whatever..." Is this done with
disklabel or pdisk? I'm hoping I can just figure this out myself.
I meant pdisk - OSX and OF don't see the NetBSD disklabel.
I have booted NetBSD on a whole lot of different machine types, so far
this has been the most difficult one that I can remember that is
claimed to be supported. It doesn't seem like it needs to be.
In part you can thank Apple for that - each OF version has its own set
of bugs and weirdnesses, the ones used in PMac G3 models are by far
the worst :/
Additions to the FAQ are always welcome.
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