> I have a few 7xxx powermacs, and one (a 7300/180) has a dud disk drive.
> mke2fsck -c -c doesn't overcome the errors, so I took the drive
> (assembly) from a 7200/120 and installed it in the 7300/180.
> The 7300/180 now doesn't boot, doesn't turn on the screen.
> WHat is the proper way to replace the drive, and can I do it without
> Thus far I've been deleting /dev/sda5 and higher (6 and up on one), not
> knowing what all those partitions are for.
> I've scoured the net for ways to boot this thing to no avail.
> I presume I should put the first drive back and copy stuff to the
> second, but what and with what?
> I'm using Debian/Woody.
I just installed Deb/Woody on a 7200, which I think is the same
architecture as the 7300, without benefit of Mac OS. With the 7200 at
least, the OpenFirmware output is to the modem port, which you can
read with a terminal, or via a printer cable and Zterm on another one
of your Macs, that's why you get the blank screen. I found as I was
trying to get it to work that you could force a Mac boot by zapping
the PRAM, boot with the Debian installation floppies, mount the system
and use that as a rescue system by control-option-F2 to get a shell
(the partitions are mounted at target). You use sbin/nvsetenv to set
the openfirmware stuff. Google tuxppc and 7200 installation to find a
good article on the settings, especially the boot-command work around
to get the disc spinning.