Bug#279491: No disk detected on an IBM RS6000 7043-260 (sym53c8xx driver)
Thanks a lot, i finally succeeded in installing
the most recent version by doing a boot with a
modified sarge-powerpc-bc-lbb.iso on my 7043-260.
The main problem was, that I didn't have a linux
machine, so I had to deal several things with a
The following steps made it:
on windows pc, mount iso and copy contents to an empty directory on
replace on harddisk yaboot in /ppc/chrp and /install with
replace all on harddisk in /install/power3 with
(thanks a lot, Sven)
use latest cdrtools for windows and do a
"mkisofs -chrp-boot -U -r -hide-rr-moved -o /sarge.iso ."
within the directory of where you copied the cd.
burn the resulting iso to cd using whatever you use to burn cds.
If this cd doesn't boot automatically on the system,
boot it in OpenFirmware with
"boot cdrom:,\ppc\chrp\yaboot video=ofonly"
this should get the debianinstaller running either
on serial terminal or on the(in my machine)gxt2000p
console, depending the console-setting in OpenFirmware
AND gives me some ttys on my gxt2000p.
After the netdetect and BEFORE choosing debian mirror
I had to change the mtu size of eth0,
because in my windows network environment i'm using
mtu=1400 because of DSL-internet-connection.
"ifconfig eth0 mtu 1400"
When partitioning harddisk, make sure to create the
first partition as 8MB prep-boot.
BEFORE debianinstaller wants to install yaboot to
this partition, you have to edit ybin (i used nano)
and find the following:
if [ -n "$magicboot" ] ; then
echo 1>&2 "$PRG:$ERR \`magicboot' scripts cannot be used with
place a comment here:
# local CONFERR=1
Not doing this will leave you in an loop in debianinstaller where you can't
Now installation should work.
BEFORE rebooting after this successful installation
I modified the etc/apt/sources.list to get the etch,
did an apt-get -u update and insalled the latest smp-kernel
with "apt-get install kernel-image-2.6-power3-smp"
After that a you have to kill a process that tries to write some
logfiles, but never finishes...
That's it. Removing CD an rebooting should boot fine from Harddisk now
and get you to the rest of debian installation, which works fine.
(and where i'm stucked now with not beeing able to run X11 because of
my gxt2000p graphic adapter).
Did I forget something ? If yes, please contact me.
Thanks to all helpers.
Von: Horms [mailto:email@example.com]
Gesendet: Freitag, 5. August 2005 05:13
Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com;
Betreff: Re: Bug#279491: No disk detected on an IBM RS6000 7043-260
On Thu, Aug 04, 2005 at 11:28:47AM +0200, Ralph wrote:
> Hello !
> I'm new to this list, I'm Ralph from Germany.
> I'm running into the same problem with sym53c8xx on my 7043-260.
> > i can now boot fine the machine with kernel-image-2.6.8-power3-smp
> > 2.6.8-6. if i use kernel-image-2.6.8-power3 version 2.6.8-6 i get
> > with the symbios controller. i attached the full log of the UP kernel
> > piece of the log of the working SMP kernel.
> Could you be so kind and provide that smp-kernel binary to me.
> I cannot build my own one, because i don't have a unix system yet
> and want to make the 7043-260 the one.
The 2.6.8-6 version of this package is no longer supported.
If you really want to find it, try http://snapshot.debian.net/
The latst version of this package is 2.6.8-12 which is available
in the Debian Archive mirrors.
There are also newer upstream kernel versions available for power pc,
2.6.11, and 2.6.12. They are also available in the Debian Archive