Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Oct 2009 21:59 UTC, submitted by SaschaW
Morphos I barely finished and published my MorphOS 2.3 review for OSNews, and here we have the release of MorphOS 2.4. The biggest improvement, if you could call it that, is the one thing a lot of people have been waiting for: MorphOS 2.4 includes support for the entire range of PowerPC G4 Mac Mini computers from Apple.
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No luck PowerMac G4
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 13th Oct 2009 23:11 UTC
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Okay, I just spent a lot of time trying to get MorphOS to boot on my PowerMac G4 (dual G4 400Mhz, 1GB, Radeon 8500), and it didn't work. It hang at the Quark/OpenFirmware part (MorphOS users will know).

In case you want to try this out on your own Mac, this is the OpenFirmware command you need to try and boot the Quark kernel:

ok> boot cd:\mac_pp32\boot.img

Too bad. Took me a while to realise that the Mini boot.img was located in the mac_ppc32 directory - this might seem like the first place to look, but please keep in mind that all the other boot.img files (default, peg1, and efika) are all located at the root.

In any case, I've been at university all day, and played with this all night. In other words, normal OSNews service will resume tomorrow.

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RE: No luck PowerMac G4
by SReilly on Tue 13th Oct 2009 23:35 in reply to "No luck PowerMac G4"
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Thanks Thom. I'm tempted to try it out on my eMac but haven't got it set up yet (in the middle of moving to London).

Does anybody now any MorphOS forums? Maybe they have some pointers.

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RE[2]: No luck PowerMac G4
by HammerD on Wed 14th Oct 2009 03:51 in reply to "RE: No luck PowerMac G4"
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It won't boot on anything other than a Mac Mini G4(any version), so don't waste your time trying to get it to work on an eMac, PowerMac or whatever.

But with any Mac Mini it will work. I recommend the 1.5Ghz model with 64MB vram. I picked two up from a local buy/sell site cheap.

There are forums on and you can talk directly to the MorphOS developers on IRC at on channel #morphOS

I recommend downloading the really great mplayer port, Wookiechat for IRC

You can also find MorphOS software here:


or on Aminet at Look for the blue butterfly logo which identifies MorphOS native software. However most system-friendly older Amiga 68K software works.

Make sure you also check out which has some really cool OS utilities.

Edited 2009-10-14 03:56 UTC

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RE: No luck PowerMac G4
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 13th Oct 2009 23:42 in reply to "No luck PowerMac G4"
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ok> boot cd:\mac_pp32\boot.img

Oops, should be mac_ppc32.

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