Problems with the loader
Philip S. Schulz
ph.schulz at gmx.de
Sat Aug 5 20:03:04 UTC 2006
I'm having trouble installing the latest snapshot on my 12" PowerBook
G4. I bought it in February 2006, so I think it's the last revision
before they stopped selling the PowerBooks. I managed to start the
loader but then the loader complains "can't load kernel". Here's what
I've tried so far:
1. Hold down 'C' while booting: I can hear the CD spin up, it seems
like there is disk activity but then the drive spins down again and Mac
OS X is started.
2. At the Open Firmware prompt, type "boot cd:,\boot\loader": The
loader starts, but says: "can't load 'kernel'" and then "no bootable kernel"
3. I have tried to explicitely tell the loader where to load the
kernel from by issuing "set currdev=cd:," and then try to type "boot"
again. Unfortunately that didn't work, either. Makes sense, since the
loader prints the correct boot device when started. Tried "boot
/boot/kernel" and then the loader complains "Cant't find /boot/kernel".
4. Also I have tried to copy boot/ from the CD to the internal
harddisk an boot from there by saying "boot hd:,\boot\loader" at the
Open Firmware prompt. Same effect as in 2.
5. Finally I have tried an older kernel, the one that is on the
2005/12/06 snapshot. Same problems.
I'm sure it's something that I'm doing wrong, but I haven't been able to
find out just what. Does anybody know what it might be?
Don't fix it if it ain't broke.
More information about the freebsd-ppc