Quoting DPL's message 03/09/08 16:46 +0900:
>> The correct boot parameters are: root=/dev/fd0 ramdisk_size=128000"
>The parameter "root=/dev/fd0" perhaps means that the root partition is
>on a D7.
>On my Mac, the parameter is something like "root=/dev/sda7" or
>"root=/dev/sdb3", where sda7 is the 7th partition of the 1st scsi HD
i'll try that (my Mac would have /dev/sda6 for the root partition). And
that would also mean that i don't have to worry about finding the RAMdisk
file, i guess. :-)
Hello from Japan,
i am new to Linux for PPC, and before the SuSE installation can proceed on
my 7300/166, ther eis this little problem here that needs to be solved: at
startup the BootX Extension causes an "unimplemented trap" error. The
machine is running System 7.6.1 (and i have already tried booting with all
unneeded extensions removed, without success). Do i need to use a different
OS to start the installer from?
Thanks & regards: Hendrik
Hello Will and Roberto,
thanks for the comments.
Quoting Will's message 03/09/08 00:06 +0900:
>Make sure you have the hd partitioned with a 50mb HFS (not HFS+) boot
OK. I have a 32MB boot partition for MacOS. With System 7.6.1 HFS+ is not
>Also make sure all the boot files are in the correct
>folders. Should have it in the read me which I'm sure you have already
That file was actually not detailed enough, and i found other information
that complemented it, such as in the file "Installation of BootX" where it
sayd, "A ramdisk must be loaded to start the installation process. This can
be activated in the options menu. It is important to be sure the correct
ramdisk file is specified. The correct boot parameters are: root=/dev/fd0
ramdisk_size=128000". I have no idea what the "correct ramdisk file" would
be, however, and entering the parameters does not appear to make any
difference to the failure.
>Here are a couple of links the might give you some other trouble
There i found the following:
>> Several people seem to have suggested that you disable the BootX
>> extension and use the BootX application to start Linux after booting
I actually tried that, but the application just quit. :-)
There i found this:
>> With olderMacOS versions, 7.5.3 and 7.6, what cured the problem was
>> updating the HD drivers using the latest version of Drive Setup.
>> Are you using a non-Apple disk utility?
The drive is a 20GB Fujitsue drive that Apple's Drive Setup does not
recognise. The following partitions are currently installed: 32MB MacOS
boot, 768MB MacOS, 256MB UNIX, 1.4GB UNIX, remainder MacOS. The HD's driver
is from FWB, and the partition table was made with "pdisk", a command line
driven partitioning utility that i got from the MkLinux website.
Is any of this known to be a problem?
>Ps. Yellow Dog has lot's of good general support info on their site,
>especially since they specialize in PPC, and specifically Apple
Maybe i should be going with Yellow Dog rather than with SuSE? Problem is i
don't have a CD burner and did not find any information on the YD site
about online installation, i.e., via FTP. With SuSE, ther is a file
"readme_ftpinstall.txt" that contains the following information:
- download the files
- extract BootX_1.2.2.sit.bin, a new folder "BootX" appears
- copy the file install-oldworld into the folder "Linux Kernels" in "BootX"
- start BootX App
- select the entry "install-oldworld" in the kernel menu
- disable the checkbox "No video driver", it should only be active if
you have trouble with your third party video card.
- click on Linux, this will start the Linux kernel
- everything went fine when a penguin appears after a few seconds.
The command "click on Linux" makes the BootX application quit.
* * *
Quoting Roberto's message to Will:
> I know this is a SuSE List and i mean no disrespect to SuSE or any of
> its engineers. On older Macs like the 7300, Yellowdog Linux is a
> better distribution and has support for much more of the hardware.
> You may want to give that one a try. YDL is just in terms of
> performance and smooth installation than SuSE on that type of
> hardware. SuSE does work much better on the 8600 and up.
If there is an FTP install option for YD, i surely would want to try it.
Thanks to both of you...
I have an older imac , a first generation G 3 . I
tried 7.1 and it didnt even boot . I installed 6.4
with great ease and setup the 56k modem and got er
working in a few hours after doing the hard drive
partitioning with OS 9 .
I had to delete the old OS 8.6 in the format of the
drive and partitioning but the end result is an old
out of date imac with 9.0 and a working suse linux
that rawks .
I had thourble with 7.1 on all older generation boxes
, for developers I suggest purchasing and having a few
distros around of a single architechture , I have free
bsd 4.0 and learned on that and later bought 4.4 and
since I buy older used gear for home use I am finding
that the older kenels and packages work much better
and smoother on the older achitechture .
Suse the new Suse 8.0 doesnt even work on older X86
platforms , you need SD RAM , the EDO doesnt cut the
mustard . I like the new ALSA and the easy to use 8.0
distro , it's a great desktop and user friendly box
but for server spening the enegy and money to have
several distros around is worth the time and effort
cause you can get what you want every time you turn on
that home PC .
For new users it must be difficult having a distro
that SAYS it is easy to use and setup BUT it is
developed for NEW gear . I gotta buy 7.3 or get a copy
to have around it sounds nice , 6.4 is the stuff for
me for developing and I like not having all the new
setup utils cause hands on means you can see your
mistakes as you type em .
Thanks Suse for the great software !
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