What do I do?
what machine is it? (what revision: G3 B&W/G4 PCI/AGP/speed, etc...)?
what is he trying to do. firmware updates or trying to get into Open firmware.
I THINK, now i'm not sure but I THINK he's saying the machine is trying to boot itself to the open firmware and if I am correct he wants to know how to stop it from doing so.
it is just booting into firmware and not booting the OS. I.E. It stops at the white text screen without loading the OS First
type "mac-boot" without the quotes to get it to boot to the OS, and then when it starts up, choose the Startup Disk/Startup Disk X Control Panel, and choose your hard drive, not the one that looks like a rom chip.
this happened to me on this machine in the past. my OF (version 3.1.1) says at the top of the screen to type either mac-boot or shut-down.
now, i cant find the OF option at all, so I dont know what happened.
btw, I assume you are running OS 9. if your running X, I dont know.
hope this helps.
Perhaps boot ino open firmware...
1. Start up into Open Firmware by pressing and holding the Command-Option-O-F key combination during startup.
2. At the Open Firmware prompt, type: reset-nvram
3. Press Return.
4. If prompted for your password, enter it and press the Return key. It will respond OK.
5. At the Open Firmware prompt, type: set-defaults
6. Press Return. It will respond OK.
7. At the Open Firmware prompt, type: reset-all
8. Press Return.
humm a Beige G3 wont use reset-nvram it uses init-nvram