I tried to load Mandrake Linux onto an old iMac G3 (Summer 2001 Indigo). I got Linux loaded, but the only way I can get in to Mandrake is to hold down the CMD-OPTION-O-F and get to an open firmware prompt. I can't get the Linux bootloader to work.
I think I messed up during the "partitoning" portion of the Mandrake Installation...because Mandrake keeps telling me that it can't find the "Apple BootStrap" partition. I've tried to reinstall Linux several times...with no better results. I finally decided that I would go back to Square #1...reinstall Mac OS 9...and walk through the whole process again.
(Here is the real problem)...When I insert the Mac Reinstall CD (while holding down the "C") I successfully boot from the CD and get to the opening MAC reload screen. Unfortunately the RELOAD button is "grayed out". The only button on the screen that works is the QUIT button. Somehow I really messed this thing up so that I can't reinstall Mac OS9.
How do I reset the Mac so that I can relaod Mac OS 9....and then repartition the drive and start over with the Linux Mandrake load??? (I have no idea how difficult this is...so I assigned 125 points...if this probem is harder than that..let me know).