Fresh Install of SLES 10 Doesn't Boot

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10


PowerPC -or- Mac

After a fresh install of SLES 10 on PPC or Mac, the system doesn't boot. Booting off of the Install CD and choosing Boot Installed System from the Other menu allows the system to boot. Further investigation shows the needed yaboot partition is either missing or misconfigured.


If the yaboot partition is missing, the best resolution is:
1- Boot CD1 with 'install start_shell', then use pdisk to initialize the disk and create the Apple_partition map.
2- After the install, run 'parted /dev/hda set 2 boot on' to make the partition bootable.

If the yaboot partition is intact, the partition label and type may need to be changed:
1- After the install, run 'parted /dev/hda set 2 boot on' to make the partition bootable.

Additional Information

A look at will explain some possible ways of properly partitioning.


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  • Document ID:3631545
  • Creation Date: 22-Aug-2006
  • Modified Date:15-Mar-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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