Selecting a Linux boot partition on a B&W G3

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Caleuche, Sep 9, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2011
    I just installed Debian Squeeze PPC on a blue and white G3 (revision 2), set up as a dual boot with OS 9. What I've seen from the command line seems encouraging; it looks like all the hardware is supported.

    However, I forgot to select the Linux drive as the boot device before installing. Now the G3 just boots OS 9, and the Startup Disk program does not even see the Linux drive... So I have a working Linux install that can only be booted into via a rescue CD.

    The drive setup looks like this:

    IDE 0 master: CD-ROM drive
    IDE 0 slave: 20 GB HD (taking up the slot formerly reserved for the Zip drive)
    IDE 1 master: 30 GB HD (currently the boot drive)
    IDE 1 slave: 20 GB HD
    So far I've tried:
    - Holding down the Option key on boot (doesn't do anything)
    - Holding down the z key (figured it might work due to the use of the Zip drive's IDE slot, but it doesn't)
    - Holding down Command-Option-Shift-Delete to bypass the boot drive (doesn't work, just skips right to the CD-ROM drive)

    How can I get this machine to boot from the Linux drive? Assuming there's no simple way to do it, how would I select the drive through the OpenFirmware prompt?
  2. macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2010
    The Philippines...
    afaik, the BW G3 will not boot on Ide hdd that is connected to the zip drive or odd ide.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2011
    Not even if you mess around with OpenFirmware? Darn. This is going to be difficult then.

    Thanks though.

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