Subject: The Continuing Installation Saga. Pram zap hosed open firmware.
From: William K. Gibson (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Mar 21 2001 - 21:14:02 MST
For all those who helped with my TiG4 intallation- many thanks. But I must
enlist your wisdom again.
In trying to get MOL to work I used TechTool 1.2.1 to zap the PRAM, hoping
it would help.
Unfortunately after I did this my bootscript would not work. Ok, I think,
I'll restore the PRAM I zapped and everything will be fine. Nope, it still
Ok, I think, I'll boot into open firmware and reset the boot-device. But to
my surprise, open firmware would not work correctly anymore. When I tried
setenv boot-device hd:10,\\yaboot
I got an 'ok' back, but when I typed
I got another 'ok' and the prompt number changed. Kinda like this
0 > boot ok
Further boot calls simply added two to the prompt number
0 > boot ok
2 > boot ok
4 > boot ok
6 > boot ok
Wierd. I tried to boot off the hard drive directly.
Open firmware complained like this:
hd:10,\\yaboot, unknown word
I tried this
hd, unknown word
I tried this:
So, it seems to have lost the syntax for 'hd' and also the 'boot' command
does not seem to function properly.
So I tried to boot off the Yellowdog install CD
setenv boot-device cd:,\\yaboot
That worked. But, unfortunately, the install CD boots to a blank screen.
Really though, that's beside the point. I don't want to boot off the CD, I
want to boot off my linux install on the hard drive.
I can get my mac OS to boot with 'mac-boot' if I set the boot-device to
anything other than the CD- but I know that this is a default behavior (when
I do it a folder comes up with a blinking question mark and then it finds my
MacOS hard drive).
Anyway, what have I done to my open firmware? Is there a install package I
can get to restore it to its previous state? Has anyone even heard of this
Many thanks if you took the time to read this one.
--William K. Gibson
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