I've got a Rev A (with Rev B ROM) beige G3 upgraded via Sonnet's 1GHz G4 ZIF that I'm trying to jam Ubuntu Jaunty onto. My configuration is as follows:
- OS 9.2.2
- 384 MB RAM
- Apple ROM 40 GB EIDE hard drive out of a Digital Audio G4 (boot drive for Mac OS, single device on bus 0)
- 320 GB SATA hard drive
- Apple ROM combo drive out of an MDD (single device on bus 1)
- Built in video w/ 6MB VRAM being used
- Radeon 9200 in top PCI slot not being used (I've got an extension conflict somewhere)
- Sonnet Tempo SATA 2port PCI card in middle slot
- No-name OHCI USB card in bottom PCI slot
- BootX 1.2.2 from here http://penguinppc.org/historical/benh/
- Ubuntu CD with Jaunty on it
- Apple Adjustable Keyboard & numpad, Alps Glidepoint trackpad
- Apple Studio Display (original 15" purple/dark blue LCD)
I generally tried to follow this thread: http://www.applefritter.com/node/8936, but vmlinux and initrd.gz are no longer in the install folder on the CD. That post matches well what is on the OldWorld Ubuntu Community page here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/OldWorldMacs So using those references, here's what I did.
I put the BootX extension into the Extensions folder. I put the BootX app/control panel in the Control Panels folder. I copied Ubuntu_PowerPC_jaunty:casper:powerpc:vmlinux to the System Folder. I copied Ubuntu_PowerPC_jaunty:casper:initrd.gz to the System Folder. I selected vmlinux and initrd.gz in BootX, and I rebooted.
Linux starts up but right after it initializes the ethernet interface, it drops back to the BusyBox shell with a message that it "gave up waiting for the root device."
I've tried some kernel arguments
- casper/enable=true casper-udeb/snapshot/backing-file=/cdrom/casper/filesystem.cloop --
In BusyBox, I've even tried
mkdir /mnt; mount /dev/hdc /mnt
with hopes to chroot to it or something, but that failed with "invalid argument".
So now I'm stuck. Does anybody have any ideas? I can't seem to get past the "gave up waiting for root device" error. I'm wondering if I should try a different optical drive configuration...
Help would be much appreciated!