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Old 26th September 2005, 02:17 PM
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Exclamation Really, Really Close on G3/FC4

I'm still having problems with my Blue & White G3 tower. I get the flashing question mark with a "loading second stage bootstrap..." message with a white background. I tried the long yabootconfig command below, bu it still doesn't work.

yabootconfig -r /dev/hda7 -b /dev/hda6 --kernel /boot/vmlinuz-* --initrd /boot/initrd-*

For reference, here are my system specs if anyone can help.

#parted /dev/hda print
Minor     Start            End            Filesystem     Name               Flags
1         0.000            0.031                          Apple
2         0.031            0.057                          Macintosh
3         0.058            0.093                          Macintosh
4         0.094            0.343                          Macintosh
5         0.344            0.593                          Patch Partition
6         0.594            1.593          hfs             untitled          boot
7         1.594            12001.593      ext3            untitled
8         12001.594        12394.593      linux-swap      swap              swap

/dev/hda7 on / type ext3 (rw,defaults)
/dev/proc on /proc type proc (rw,defaults)
/dev/sys on /sys type sysfs (rw,defaults)

#vi /etc/yaboot.conf
init-message=Welcome to Fedora Core\!
Hit <TAB> for boot options


I tried these command in open firmware:
boot hd:1,yaboot
resulting error: specified partition not valid

boot hd:7,yaboot
resulting error: specified partition not valid

boot ultra:1,yaboot
resulting error: loading second stage bootstrap...
can't OPEN: /pci@80000000/pci-bridge@d/pci-ata@1/@/disk@0:
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Old 26th September 2005, 08:12 PM
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Its been awhile since I've seen this specifically, and it was when I was installing YDL 3.0 on my iBook. I can't remember exactly how I fixed it, but I think it was as simple as booting to Mac OS X (from the CD, or even 9.0) and specifying the correct "Startup Disk" in one of the disk utilities.

Once thats done it should refresh the open firmware correctly.

I think.

Or I could be wildly off
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Old 4th October 2005, 01:40 PM
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Didn't work. Any other ideas? Why is this so difficult?
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Old 4th October 2005, 02:07 PM
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Lets try a few other things. First, boot into linux from the CD in rescue mode and run this command:

ofpath /dev/hda

This will give you the exact path of what belongs in the device= path in yaboot.conf

The only other thing i can think of is in your image declaration, the image= and initrd= have a // instead of a / (i wouldn't think for sure that was it but *shrug*)

Furthermore, is your partition 1 actually set up as an apple_bootstrap partition. I don't know how parted shows it, but it should be type apple_bootstrap instead of HFS, but that could just be the way parted displays it. If its not type apple_boostrap I don't know how you would fix that necessarily... A reinstall?
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close, g3 or fc4

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