Bug#243122: installation-reports: boot failure on sparc (ultra 10)
Version: sparc 20040410
Debian-installer-version: http://gluck.debian.org/cdimage/testing/sarge_d-i/sparc/current/sarge-sparc-netinst.iso (2004-04-10) ( MD5=21e4902c4ece557fc192fe2e94fa3862 )
Date: 2004-04-11 15:00 (GMT+10)
Method: cdrom, internal IDE cdrom.
Machine: Sun Ultra 10 UPA/PCI
Processor: UltraSPARC-IIi 440MHz
Memory: 256 Megabytes
Root Device: IDE hard disk
Root Size/partition table: existing Sun partition table
Output of lspci:
Base System Installation Checklist:
Initial boot worked: [E]
Configure network HW: [ ]
Config network: [ ]
Detect CD: [O]
Load installer modules: [ ]
Detect hard drives: [O]
Partition hard drives: [ ]
Create file systems: [ ]
Mount partitions: [ ]
Install base system: [ ]
Install boot loader: [ ]
Reboot: [ ]
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it
The system is running OpenBoot3.25.
The boot command was
ok boot cdrom
The installer cd boots ok, and gives me a welcome prompt.
I hit <return> to start the installer.
It detects most of the hardware (hard disks, scsi card, external drive,
mouse, network), and then fails with this:
sh-2021: reiserfs_read_super: can not find reiserfs on ramdisk(1,0)
Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 00:00
Press L1-A to return to the boot prompt
I doubt that this is the problem, but the cdrom disc was burned with Sun's
cdrw -C -v -i sarge-sparc-netinst.iso
The arguments mean:
-C use disc capacity (if higher than the default 600M)
-i <file> Image file for creating data CDs
I could loopback-mount the .iso ok on another debian box.
I could mount the burned cdrom ok on that box as well.
Also tried an earlier version, beta3 netinst of 2004-03-30
(3ed15e150e820b47886d8058d0d99d33). This failed in the same way.
Also tested with Woody 3.0 disc 1 - I got the installer to boot
(ie got the welcome prompt).
I tried to boot the installation kernel but it failed with this:
cannot find /boot/sparc64.gz (Unknown isofs error)
which is probably my fault...