How to setup disks and CDROM drives
Assuming you have installed PearPC, you will now want to
create an empty disk (if you want
to install client software, e.g. Mandrake, Mac OS X, etc..) and/or
use a CDROM drive (e.g. the Mandrake
Install CDs, Mac OS X Install CDs, etc.. lying on your desk or in home
Creating empty disks
The size of a disk image must be a multiple of 516096. Disk images are
simply files. It's up to the client to understand their format.
Recommended sizes for misc. software:
Mandrake: 3 GiB
Mac OS X: 3 GiB
Darwin: 1.5 GiB
Others: 3 GiB are OK
Now let's go:
Download an empty hard disk and
uncompress it (you need a decompressor that supports .bz2,
Create a disk image by executing:
$ dd if=/dev/zero of=myharddisk.img bs=516096 seek=6241 count=0
which will create a disk image of about 3GiB.
$ dd if=/dev/zero of=myharddisk.img bs=516096 seek=12482 count=0
which will create a disk image of about 6GiB.
bximage as shipped with
Bochs might be working here
too. Give it a try.
Congratulations! You have just created an empty disk image. Now keep in
mind (or write down) the name of the disk image. You will need it soon.
Using CDROM drives
There is currently no way to use your machine's CDROM drive(s) on
If you want to use CDs you must instead save them to your hard
disk as a .iso file. You can do this using a CD-recording software (e.g. Nero Burning
ROM, WinOnCD, Fireburner, etc..).
This .iso file is the one you will be working with.
You can select any file you want to as a the emulated CDROM.
E.g. MandrakeLinux-9.1-CD1.ppc.iso a file residing
somewhere on your file system. Or /dev/cdrom, the CD
that's currently in your (host) CDROM drive.
If, for some reason, you would like to create a CD image from a
$ cp /dev/cdrom somecd.iso
(assuming, that /dev/cdrom is your CDROM drive).
Please keep in mind (or write down) the name of the CDROM or CD image.
You will need it soon.