[Techtalk] iMac and Mandrake

Rob Stevens linuxgawd at home.com
Sat Oct 20 12:11:51 EST 2001

I find Mandrake allows you to cancel the bootloader install, or strap the
bootloader to the partition you created with linux.  If you can do that then
after the install it calls a reboot (on i386's it does anyways).  When you
go to reboot use the mandrake install media (boot floppy, or bootable
CD-ROM) and tell it to boot the location of the installation (something like
boot root=/dev/hd* ro for a boot option).  Then you will have access to
linux and to the Yaboot config files, which gives you an opportunity to fix
the problem with the bootloader install.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Ellie" <ellie at mn.rr.com>
To: <techtalk at linuxchix.org>; "Rob Stevens" <adrenalin at linux.ca>; "Rob
Stevens" <linuxgawd at home.com>
Sent: Saturday, October 20, 2001 11:57 AM
Subject: Re: [Techtalk] iMac and Mandrake

Thanks for the response.  I am trying to use Yaboot on a DV iMac of the
graphite variety.  This is a work computer on an all Mac network, and I've
never used a PPC variety of Linux before.  While I can still boot OS 9.2,
I've never been able to finish the Mandrake install due the second error in
writing the boot loader to the disk.  Thanks for the links.  Ellie

On Saturday, October 20, 2001 10:44 AM, Rob Stevens <linuxgawd at home.com>
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "ellie" <ellie at mn.rr.com>
>To: <techtalk at linuxchix.org>
>Sent: Saturday, October 20, 2001 10:47 AM
>Subject: Re: [Techtalk] sendmail
>> I decided that I would partition my iMac at work to allow one partition
>> OS 9 and the other for Mandrake.  When I put the installer in,
>> I get an error message Wrong partition 1 signature.  I am able to
>> with the installation, but when it is time to install the bootloader, the
>> Mac partition isn't offered in the dropdown list of partitions.  No
>> where I try to install the Y, it will not let me and gives back an error,
>> which I am not going to try to install Linux again to obtain.  The gist
>> it is that it is not a Mac partition so cannot be written to.  Has anyone
>> successfully installed Mandrake on such a configuration?  Thanks in
>> to anyone who might have an answer.
>> Ellie
>What bootloader are you trying to use with your iMac?  Can you sucessfully
>install Mandrake, and still boot into MAC/OS?  If you can you might want to
>try to setup yaboot/ybin.  Detailed information on this can be
>found at:
>Personally I dont use a Mac.  But I find http://www.penguinppc.org/ has
>of useful information.
>Good Luck!
>On-Site Linux Specialist

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