I installed OpenStep 4.2 on my external HD to my Color Slab. I have two questions that I can't seem to figure out.
1. My installation of OpenStep seems to hang indefinitely on booting if it is not connected to a network when it is loading NetInfo. If I press <ctrl>-c to bypass loading NetInfo, it dumps me into single user mode. With a network connected, it boots up ok. With NeXTSTEP, it would wait for a network, but after about a minute, it would continue booting normally. My machine is configured to not use NetInfo services, so I can't figure out the reason. I like to run my machine stand alone most of the time, but also occasionally on the network to transfer files.
Here's my hostconfig:
2. During a normal startup, there is no status bar showing the progress while loading as with NextStep. I seem to remember that OpenStep had this as well. Is this missing from OpenStep, or is there a way I can enable it? I basically see a gray screen until I get to the login panel.
OpenStep and NextStep are harsh mistresses. They are rock solid once they are properly configured, but getting them properly configured is always a challenge.
I figured out the answer to my first question. OpenStep does startup without a network connection, but the timeout is much longer than with NextStep 3.3. So it seems to be working as designed.
I still haven't figured out why OpenStep doesn't display the boot up screen. Maybe it was left out?
It's probably got something to do with your NVRAM settings. do the Command + ~ and make sure the verbose setting is off.