grub hangs without error message on mac mini

Jon Fullmer jon at
Mon Apr 28 18:22:08 PDT 2008

Does GRUB work with Open Firmware? The Mac Mini may be Intel-based,  
but it doesn't have a PC BIOS (which is what you would normally use  
with GRUB). It uses Open Firmware. I would think that you would need  
to use yaboot.

  - Jon

On Apr 28, 2008, at 3:39 PM, andreas at wrote:

> Hi
> I've just installed LFS SVN-20080423 on a new Mac Mini (Intel) but the
> computer doesn't start (no OSX, only one partition for Linux). All I  
> see
> is:
> GRUB Loading stage1.5.
> GRUB loading, please wait...
> There is no error message, nothing. I'm a little bit puzzled, as  
> this is
> not the first LFS system I install, but the first time I don't know  
> what
> to do.
> I use grub-0.97 with the disk_geometry and the 256byte_inode patches
> from the development page.
> The partition to boot from is /dev/sda1 and in my grub menu is
> default 0
> timeout 10
> title LFS
> root (hd0,0)
> kernel /boot/lfskernel root=/dev/sda1
> The file does exist and I installed grub in the grub shell with "root
> (hd0,0)" and "setup (hd0)".
> Just to make sure, I installed ubuntu (7.04) on the very same computer
> (they use grub too) and the system starts, without problem. So the Mac
> Mini does start some Linux with grub, it's just my installation. I  
> have
> a MacBook running with LFS and grub, I think this is some similar
> hardware and there isn't a problem either.
> So, why is grub hanging there (I rebooted after 10 minutes)? What  
> might
> I do to solve the problem? What is grub waiting for?
> Thanks for any help,
> Andreas
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