What is the iBoot "boot:" prompt for?

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  1. cosmicvoyager

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    Oct 14, 2012 at 11:56 AM #1
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    Greetings,

    If press a key at the disk selection point, a "boot:" promot appears. What is it for?

    Also, is there complete iBoot documentation somewhere that would this?

    Thanks
     
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    it allows you to enter boot flags before hitting enter and continuing the boot. Since you are seeing the boot prompt, this tells me you have not installed any themes in Chimera boot loader.
     
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    cosmicvoyager

    Thats a very good question - and I dont think its ever been asked and may never get answered - but the most basic of explations is that it a name for a Boot loader - which by design is files and coded instructions that instruct a CPU - memory - and IO - to set itself up for specific settings and to get ready to accept some additional command or files to follow.

    Think of it as a really obnoxious ALARM CLOCK and your asleep - and Bang - your awake - thats what a bootloader does.
    You know you in that fog between slumber and OMG I gotta get to work.

    If you have ever worked on a Digital Computer Comany - PDP8/11 you would know this ...LOL - where each instruction had to be enterd from the 32 key switches about 108 times ( exactly ) on the front pannel of that dinosour. This was way before we have ROMS to contain that instructions and we could just press a button.

    And I am not sure their is much documentation - but you could look at the OSX86.net to see if they have information -

    Also some alterative site for seaching for infomation outside of Google of course.
    http://legacy.tonymacx86.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=2130

    Now as far as what Commands are available - their we have information, see these links,
    Something usefull about command line switchs one needs to know ! This is from 2008 some of these have changed but it still a good read,
    http://news.metaparadigma.de/osx86-flags-and-parameters-for-darwin-bootloader-104/

    Using Google - Common boot options for Chimera, Chameleon, iBoot, and Unibeast
    this should get you to a site that has a lot if information - we are not allowed to list it to to policy rules and regs but - Google will get you their.
     
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    Oct 15, 2012 at 4:34 PM #4
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    And wasn't it fun to write all your programs in octal and hexidecimal?
     
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