I have a Quad Core G5 (2005).
I'd not turned it on in several years. I figured I'd see if I could
do a more recent install.
First thing I noticed was that it stopped chiming at boot though it
still started up into openfirmware.
I could boot the existing SLE install. I could run the latest ppc64
install (from USB) but it locked up during kernel boot (somewhere
I came back to it today and now I'm running into lockups inside
open firmware. I can be typing "set-defaults" or "boot cd:" .... and
the machine will lockup after a couple of characters. After a short
while the fans kick on at full speed which is usually sign of a
I've tried opt-cmd-p-r, I hear it reset but it's 50/50 if it chimes
again vs needing to power cycle. I swapped the 3v battery with a new
I can still boot the installed SLE (on the SATA) but openfirmware
is still totally unstable and randomly locks up mid command. No way
I can do a reinstall.
I've tried "reset-nvram" "set-defaults" "reset-all" and about 50% of
the time the machine locks up either during the command or when trying
to enter a subsequent command.
"setenv auto-boot? false" either locks up or doesn't (based on
subsequent boot and printenv) actually change the variable but
if I boot into SLE and run the Linux "nvram" command I can change
auto-boot and the machine does now reboot auto into openfirmware
but oddly if I then run printenv I now have two columns of values,
in first column auto-boot? is false and in the other true.
Anyone seen similar? I'm not sure if it's possible to reflash low
level firmware without a MacOS install?
SUSE Kernel Performance Team