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From: Joseph Jezak <josejx@g.o>
Subject: Re: Gentoo ppc - still supported?
Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2010 15:48:04 -0400
 On 08/27/10 12:19, Mark Knecht wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 10:27 PM, Terin Stock <terinstock@...> wrote:
>> If it's just going to be sitting in a closet collecting Apple-dust, then I'd
>> say yes, it's certainly worth the extra effort.
>> :P
>> --
>> #Terin Stock
>>
> Worse - it would likely just go in the trash. You can buy these things
> on Ebay sometimes as low as $50 so I was just thinking it didn't make
> a lot of sense to spend time and money on it, but that's not a good
> attitude so maybe I should give it a try.
>
> I'll ask some questions in this thread. If I need to create another
> then I'll do that.
>
> BACKGROUND: I'm primarily an x86 Gentoo user since 1999. I'm a
> hardware guy and not an IT guy and don't have _any_ sys admin
> background other than managing my own Gentoo boxes. I'm familiar with
> the distro from the sense of keeping my machines running after using
> Gentoo for a decade. I know NOTHING about Apple machines. I do audio
> recording and bought the Mac to play with Apple OS X apps but grew
> tired of OS X pretty quickly and started using this machine as a
> MythTV backend server a few years ago.
>
> STATUS: The machine starts booting, the kernel comes up and runs
> through and it starts initializing all the services and what not.
> (Where it says either [OK] or [!!]. ) It gets to 'Checking root
> filesystem ... ' and then fails with a 'superblock could not be read'
> message. I tried the suggest e2fsck -b 8193 command but that didn't
> work. It's never worked for me.
>
> Since I was going to do a complete machine rebuild anyway - I haven't
> touched it in quite awhile as I didn't want to update Myth - I thought
> I'd try using a new CD.  (the reason I started this thread.) When
> booting from either 2008 or 2009 CD I get the boot screen. If I hit
> enter I get a message about ramdisk loading and then
>
> Invalid memory address at SRR0:0197a930 SRR1:00083030
>
> but is also says
>
> Apple PowerMac 1-,2.4.9.4f0 BootROM built on 7/6/05
>
> Welcome to Open Firmware
>
> To continue booting type mac-boot
> ok
> If I try mac-boot it just hangs at:
>
> "Loading second stage bootstrap..."
>
>
> Now this page
>
> http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/handbook/handbook-ppc.xml
>
> doesn't even mention the Mac Mini so I'm guessing it's part of the New
> World class of machines. The instructions suggest:
>
> boot: apple video=ofonly
>
> but I get a message
>
> cd:2,apple: Unknown or corrupt filesystem
>
> So, am I doing something wrong trying to boot from the CD or is the
> machine somehow not working correctly?
>
> Thanks,
> Mark
>
>
I think the kernel might have gotten renamed, but missed in the
documentation. Please try using ppc32 instead of apple. I suspect it's
trying to boot a 64 bit kernel instead of the 32 bit one.

-Joe


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