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Posted by HTH on 02-14-2001 12:58 PM:
Originally posted by voxelman:
Toast came with my CDR drive also but I haven't gotten to the point with LinuxPPC where I can mount my TiVo drive.
I have a genhd.c patch given to me by squeet modified for LinuxPPC use, but haven't gotten around to installing it. I found myself having problems getting yaboot to accept a SCSI drive as a host for the kernel file. Went through all the steps to find the precise device path and at the end it announced it wouldn't work off a <scsi-2> device. Had to repartition my ATA drive so I'd have a small HFS partition to host the kernel. Still haven't gone to the trouble of compiling in the patch.
I have accessed the drive myself though. I did a dd conv=swab copy from my backup to another drive, edited the start of the partition map to make it have the Macintosh magic number and block size and suddenly I could access the whole thing directly under LinuxPPC.
The piece that excites me most is a full ATX tower that has 4 - 5.25" bays and 7 - 3.5" bays.
Sounds just like the case I got for mine. $70. Blue-green (depending on lighting) buttons and matching decorative bottom front panel? Both sides come off, motherboard can fold out if you leave out three screws, keep two others loose, and unscrew cards from back plate? (If only the back plate would fold down with the motherboard like in the Blue G3 case.)
I may make the first one a dual boot with Windows 98SE if I can't get a CD-RW working with Linux. I plan to put two removable HD racks in the Linux workstation to simplify swapping TiVo drives in and out.
What's the best way to do a multi-boot system? Mine will be starting with just a 48X CD-ROM and a 27.2 GB Maxtor, but I have Windows 98, plan to get some kind of PC Linux, and possibly putting Windows NT 4.0 on it as well (that's what I have to use at work).
Yes it will be time for me to do the revert to virgin step soon also. I have a spare 40 GB LCT 20 that I am going to image with the virgin HDR31202 A drive. When the word comes from Otto I'll do the swap.
My two 14hr drives are just for reference, not for upgrade. But I have a spare 45 GB drive I can use (as soon as I'm sure I've recovered as much as possible from it--never hook up two masters on the same bus) to receive a virgin 1.3.0 image. As I have two TiVos and concerns about locking to crypto chips, I'll need to make two backups. Put virgin in TiVo 1, download, reboot to install, shutdown, backup, revirginize, put virgin in TiVo 2, upgrade, download, reboot, shutdown, backup, restore backup 1 to TiVo 1, restore backup 2 to TiVo 2. Sign up for about 80 season passes again between the two of them.
I'd like to take Tracer's trick of bank switching pairs of drives one step further by adding a menu option to the TiVo that allows on screen selection of an alternative bank with a reboot to select it. I'm a long way from there though.
Swapping out drive pairs though is so inconvenient. Give me a RAM disk (or drive) big enough to hold just partitions 1-9 and make my second drive contain only partitions 10 and 11. By having the second drive contain all the MFS space, both application and otherwise, one should be able to swap just one drive. Requires ability to move primary drive data to another drive and enlarge it or add second MFS partition to it on second drive. Does limit total available capacity per configuration, but avoids multiple Rube Goldberg devices needed to swap drive pairs.
There, this is my 1000th posting.
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