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    polmax NNTP User

    Default G3 BW boot question

    Hello, I have been having a hard time installing OpenSuSe 10.3 on this machine, but finally go it. Now I cant boot into it. The only way I can boot in is going through the install DVD and selecting boot installed system. I dont want os 9 on it, I strictly want Linux only. When I reboot without a CD, it gives me the happy face on a folder and just gets stuck there.

    Any advise?

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    Default Re: G3 BW boot question

    Issue #1: Do you mean by "I dont want os 9 on it" that you need help to remove it?

    Issue #2: Try reinitialising Grub, like this:

    go to Yast --> System --> Boot Loader. The Grub configuration screen comes up with the Tab "Section Management" activated. In the lower right is a drop-down selector labelled "Other". Select from "Other" the option "Propose New Configuration" and then wait for Grub to analyse your partitions and display a new configuration. This may take a while. Important: When that finishes, activate the tab labelled "Boot Loader Installation" and select to "Boot from the Master Boot Record". [Yast will often default to booting from the root or boot partition rather than from the MBR but that's for experts only -- always choose the MBR.] Then click Finish to save the changes and install the reconfigured Grub into the hard drive's MBR. If you get a message that "The bootloader boot sector will be written to a floppy disk ......... don't bother with the floppy -- just click OK to proceed and install to the MBR. Reboot and you should be able to boot to openSUSE using the Grub menu screen.
    That's from this tutorial: GRUB Boot Multiboot openSUSE Windows (2000, XP, Vista) using the Grub bootloader.

    If that quote fails, please post the contents of the file menu.lst which is located at /boot/grub/menu.lst. To open it will require you to be root because it has root-only permissions. This command will reveal the contents in a console:
    sudo cat /boot/grub/menu.lst
    And also if that quote faile please post the response you get in a console when you enter this:
    sudo /sbin/fdisk -l

    PS what does g3 bw mean?
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    polmax NNTP User

    Default Re: G3 BW boot question

    I will try it. Thanks....

    #1: I have a fresh drive, but all the manuals say you have to have Mac OS 9 on it for linux to work. I dont want that on there.

    #2 I will try it tomorrow....

    #3 g3 bw means a PowerMac G3 (Blue and White version)

  4. #4
    polmax NNTP User

    Default Re: G3 BW boot question

    I tried what you have told me and I have concluded that Mac systems dont use GRUB. They use Yaboot I think. I do not have the grub folder.

    It is a PowerMac System not a linux box.


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