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  1. #1
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    Booting circle ?

    I have installed ubuntu ppc 8.04 to my G5 desktop (1.6).

    I power up and hold 'alt' - I then have the onscreen icons for which os to boot. I have 3 icons: my Mac OS X partiton. my firewire external clone partition - and the linux os with the penguin(?) on the drive icon.

    I choose the linux with the mouse then press the arrow to proceed. Computer then goes to the text screen. It tells me press 'L' or 'X' or 'C. I press L then it goes back to the icons - and so on.

    Any ideas anyone?

    Thanks

    gtppc

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    Re: Booting circle ?

    recently there was a discussion of a similar problem. Try these suggestions and report your success...

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    Re: Booting circle ?

    Sounds like something got weird in openfirmware.

    I'd boot into a rescue shell from an install disk, and at the second yaboot boot: prompt, hit -tab- to stop the countdown, and type:

    Code:
    rescue-powerpc
    (or whatever rescue option is shown, ie rescue-powerpc64 for G5's) and then get to a shell on your root partition. For default installs where guided partitioning did it all automatically for you, it will probably end up being /dev/sda3 or /dev/hda3 etc.

    Then as long as your /etc/yaboot.conf file is ok, redo ybin

    Code:
    ybin -v -C /etc/yaboot.conf
    In the rescue mode, you are already operating as root, so no need for sudo. Exit the shell (just type exit and reboot.

    Ideally it should no longer go into a loop..
    Last edited by stream303; May 26th, 2008 at 09:34 PM. Reason: typo
    20" G5 iMac - AMD64 HP desktop
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    Re: Booting circle ?

    Have you considered using rEFIt?

    http://refit.sourceforge.net/

    I have created some instructions on how to get it working an Apple Mac's

    http://www.lostpeg.co.uk/content/view/29/71/

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    Re: Booting circle ?

    For the ppc machines, rEFIt might not work - as much as we'd like it to.
    20" G5 iMac - AMD64 HP desktop
    http://www.ppclinux.info/

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    Re: Booting circle ?

    I'm still not getting anywhere.

    I don't have the ability to know how to do things with command lines. It would have to be very clear procedure for me to follow.

    Thanks for the information about rEFIt - but it seems this is only for intel macs.

    I'm stuck

    How have others managed to get Ububtu running on power pcs?

    gtppc

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    Re: Booting circle ?

    Quote Originally Posted by stream303 View Post
    For the ppc machines, rEFIt might not work - as much as we'd like it to.
    I can't decide if you guys are better off with OF instead of EFI or not

    Ok Off-topic...

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