RE: Trouble Booting Linux PPC 2000 On Mac G4

From: Benjamin Herrenschmidt (
Date: Sat Jul 07 2001 - 06:27:26 EST

>I think what we are seeing is XBoot rather than yaboot and we tried just
>about all conceivable "kernel options", as exposed by Xboot. When Xboot
>comes up it shows a ramdisk_size=8192 as the only default parameter.
>Rapidly growing to hate the non-intuitive nature of the MAC OS we are
>not experts on the Mac OS. P.S. We are running Mac OS 9.1.
>Oops, We just discovered that Xboot does not work with MacOS 9.1 (geez)
>.... you MUST use yaboot.

It's a generic issue with BootX (MacOS "takeover" bootloader). It
won't work reliably with any recent machine, you should use the
more complicated but safer OpenFirmware way of booting, either using
yaboot or directly booting the CHRP ELF zImage.

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