yaboot not working right

James Tappin sjt at star.sr.bham.ac.uk
Tue May 22 21:40:12 UTC 2007

On Tue, 22 May 2007 17:15:16 -0400
Matthew Flaschen <matthew.flaschen at gatech.edu> wrote:

MF> Erik Schmidt wrote:
MF> > yes, I'm sure its not GRUB, and what is this BIOS of which you  
MF> > speak?
MF> Basic Input Output System.  The BIOS starts your computer's boot and
MF> mediates between the OS and hardware.
MF> > please forgive, I am very new to low level computing, how do  
MF> > I change the boot order?
MF> I don't know how to do it for any Mac computers.  When you start the
MF> boot, look for something like "Press F11/Ctrl. Alt Delete for
MF> computer setup/BIOS/etc."

Macs don't have a BIOS. They use a system called Open Firmware. It's an
age since I had to do anything fancy with it so I don't recall the
commands or how to get into it, but doing a search for Open Firmware
should bring something up. As I recall there's quite a bit somewhere on
the Debian site (probably under the PowerPC port).


P.S. A note to the list: Please DON'T post PC advice in response to Mac
requests for low-level (e.g. booting) help. The two systems are totally
different, you'll only confuse the requester.

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