Bug#238495: Sparc installation fails on Ultra 5
Debian-installer-version: beta3 sarge-sparc-businesscard.iso from gluck.debian.org
uname -a: SunOS turing 5.8 Generic_108528-15 sun4u sparc SUNW,Ultra-5_10
Method: boot from CD, with the "boot cdrom" command at the OpenBoot prompt
Machine: Sun Ultra5
Processor: UltraSPARC-IIi 360MHz
Root Device: IDE
Root Size/partition table:
Output of lspci:
Base System Installation Checklist:
Initial boot worked: [E]
First time I booted from the CD, I got an "illegal instruction" report
after the loading of the initrd. It appears on further
experimentation, that the boot works fine after a cold boot, or a hard
reset, but if the solaris kernel has run first, then the illegal
instruction occurs during the boot from the Debian install CD.
Hard reset / power on -> boot cdrom -> kernel boots
Hard reset / power on -> boot solaris -> halt solaris -> boot cdrom ->
illegal instruction after initrd loading.
However, after booting the kernel, it is then unable to find a root
filesystem, so the install halts at this point.
This is one of the evil Ultra 5 IDE based Sun boxes. Is the installer
assuming that the CD is going to be on the scsi bus & trying to mount
that instead of /dev/hdc? Or it maybe failing to find the initrd in
memory? I've no idea how to tell unfortunately.
I did try booting with linux root=/dev/hdc, but that didn't appear to
make any difference.
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