[K12OSN] Getting eMacs to boot.
linuxk12 at mountainlake.k12.mn.us
Mon Jul 16 17:10:27 UTC 2007
Jim Kronebusch wrote:
> My guess is that X is failing to start. You might need a custom
> XF86Config. The easiest way to do this is to boot from a PPC Live
> CD (Such as Ubuntu PPC) that correctly detects your video card.
> Then steel the /etc/X11/XF86Config file and move it to your
> servers /opt/ltsp/ppc/etc folder and name the file XF86Config.emac.
> Open the XF86Config.emac file and if you see any references to
> 127.0.0.1 change that to the IP address of your server. Then in
> the /opt/ltsp/ppc/etc/lts.conf file add the following lines:
> XSERVER = r128
> XF86CONFIG_FILE = XF86Config.emac
> Be sure to substitute MA:CA:DD:RE:SS:XX with the actual Mac Address of
> the the emac you are trying to boot. After that, boot your emac again
> with the "N" key and it should work. Let us know what happens.
This suggestion got me a little farther on a slot-loading iMac, but I'm
still stuck. I tried several distributions until I found one where I
could get far enough into a session to grab the config. None of the LiveCDs
worked for me, but some installers did (I didn't have to install, but went
far enough into it to get an X session up). The Yellow Dog Linux install
cd did it for the slot loading iMacs (and older) and Fedora install
works for the newer eMacs.
I have an XF86Config that I think the iMac likes. The problem now is that
it fails to bring up the ltsp login screen. I can see the mouse with
circling blue wheel and the banner flash up, but it goes away and then
repeats the whole process indefinitely. What now?
I noticed that there is a lot of information logged when a PC client is
booting up, up nothing other than the DHCP exchange when the ppcs boot.
Maybe there would be something helpful for me if more information
was logged. Is there a log level setting that I can't find?
My next project is to get older, pre-slot loading iMacs working. I know
they don't netboot. Is there a howto for installing ltsp so it boots from
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