>Hello. I am hoping someone will have an idea of how to help me with a
>problem I have with installing LinuxPPC 2000 on a G4/400 100-BASE-T
>The machine has an internal 10 gig IDE and a Grappler 906F PCI SCSI-2
>card with 2 x Quantum Fireball 4 Gig drives connected internally.
>I have partitioned one of the Quantum's for the Linux install as HFS
>Standard partitions, 3996MB for root and 160MB for swap, but I start up
>off the LinuxPPC CD and, wouldn't you know it, all it sees is the IDE
>drive. Not really surprising given the drive hangs off the PCI bus.
>I'd prefer not to have to reformat the IDE drive as I want to keep Linux
>off the main drive. I guess there's another way to do this but as I'm
>new to this I'm kind of stuck. I've considered making changes to yaboot
>to tell it the drive to go and then building a new CD but I'm probably a
>little out of my depth. Would this be something I can tweak using the
>Anyone have any ideas?
If I understand you I had the same problem with a 30GB firewire drive
and a G4 Cube. I used the firewire drive's install tool to allow
mounting in MacOS, and I could see and use the drive. But it was not
recognized as a device, so partitioning was not possible with Disk
Setup. The Western Digital drive came with firewire drivers that
worked initially, but got blown away. The result of that is that I
could not boot off the firewire. I found alternative drivers at
http://www.vsttech.com/vst/drivers.nsf/Default which allowed me to
once again boot off the firewire drive.
You said you partitioned the Quantums. If you can see them in MacOS,
then select the partition you want to boot off of with
ControlPanel/StartupDisk, then you can get the install underway.
Of course you have to put the correct files in this boot partition.
The file LinuxPPC_Boot.sit.bin from LinuxPPC's site is a start, but
you'll have to modify yaboot.conf appropriately. See my two cents in
another message in this group entitled Linux On Power Mac G4 Cube. It
has some links that may get you going.
You'll be screwed in the boot process until you know your Quantum's
device info. For mine (internal main drive dual boot) the second line
of the yaboot.conf file reads image=hd:9,\\\\vmlinux2.2.15p19, where
vmlinux2.2.15p19 is the particular kernel I'm running and hd:9 is the
boot partition (MacOS Std for booting LinuxPPC). Be careful with
placement of the files in the boot partition. The example yaboot.conf
file in the links I mentioned expects a different directory structure
than LinuxPPC describes with that .bin file above. Basically you just
put your kernel in the same folder as yaboot.conf (from the LinuxPPC
bin file). And don't forget, it will be hell! (c: