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Problems installing Sarge (Debian 3.1r7) on Amiga 4000T


It has been some time since when I was trying to install Debian with the 2.4.27 kernel included on the CD-ROM: it gave me kernel panic, because of the buggy NCR 53C710 SCSI driver. But, at least, it displayed on screen something.

A couple of days ago I wrote to Christian T. Steigies asking him to enable support for 53C710 controllers in the kernel images he compiles: he replied and I had the ability of trying an experimental kernel, which seems to be working, strictly speaking of SCSI, but gives me headaches because it won't show anything on screen! But this is common to other 2.6 kernels.

This is the output of dmesg:

Searching for SAVEKMSG magic...
Found 4448 bytes at 0x001dc010
Linux version 2.6.24-rc8-amiga (Debian 2.6.24~rc8-1~experimental.2~snapshot.10176) (waldi@debian.org) (gcc version 3.3.6 (Debian 1:3.3.6-15)) #1 Mon Jan 28 00:45:45 CET 2008
Warning: no chipram present for debugging
console [debug0] enabled
initrd: 07db4449 - 08000000
Built 1 zonelists in Zone order, mobility grouping on.  Total pages: 32480
Kernel command line: root=/dev/ram video=clgen: ramdisk_size=9000 debian-installer/framebuffer=false debug=mem BOOT_IMAGE=vmlinux.tmp
PID hash table entries: 512 (order: 9, 2048 bytes)
Console: colour dummy device 80x25
Dentry cache hash table entries: 16384 (order: 4, 65536 bytes)
Inode-cache hash table entries: 8192 (order: 3, 32768 bytes)
Memory: 124544k/124656k available (1776k kernel code, 4512k data, 128k init)
Security Framework initialized
Capability LSM initialized
Mount-cache hash table entries: 512
Initializing cgroup subsys ns
Initializing cgroup subsys cpuacct
net_namespace: 64 bytes
NET: Registered protocol family 16
SCSI subsystem initialized
Zorro: Probing AutoConfig expansion devices: 4 devices
NET: Registered protocol family 2
IP route cache hash table entries: 1024 (order: 0, 4096 bytes)
TCP established hash table entries: 4096 (order: 3, 32768 bytes)
TCP bind hash table entries: 4096 (order: 2, 16384 bytes)
TCP: Hash tables configured (established 4096 bind 4096)
TCP reno registered
checking if image is initramfs... it is
Freeing initrd memory: 588k freed
VFS: Disk quotas dquot_6.5.1
Dquot-cache hash table entries: 1024 (order 0, 4096 bytes)
io scheduler noop registered
io scheduler anticipatory registered
io scheduler deadline registered
io scheduler cfq registered (default)
Console: switching to colour frame buffer device 80x25
fb0: Amiga AGA frame buffer device, using 1280K of video memory
cirrusfb: CL Picasso4 board detected; RAM (32 MB) at $42000000, <6> REG at $42600000
Cirrus Logic chipset on Zorro bus
cirrusfb: Driver for Cirrus Logic based graphic boards, v2.0-pre2
Amiga-builtin serial driver version 4.30
ttyS0 is the amiga builtin serial port
FD: probing units
found <5>fd: drive 0 didn't identify, setting default ffffffff
RAMDISK driver initialized: 16 RAM disks of 9000K size 1024 blocksize
loop: module loaded
Uniform Multi-Platform E-IDE driver Revision: 7.00alpha2
ide: Assuming 50MHz system bus speed for PIO modes; override with idebus=xx
ide0: Gayle IDE interface (A4000 style)
53c700: Version 2.8 By James.Bottomley@HansenPartnership.com
scsi0: 53c710 rev 2
scsi0 : A4000T builtin SCSI
scsi1: 53c710 rev 2
scsi1 : WarpEngine 40xx
scsi 0:0:0:0: Direct-Access     QUANTUM  VIKING II 9.1WSE 5520 PQ: 0 ANSI: 2
 target0:0:0: Beginning Domain Validation
scsi 0:0:0:0: Enabling Tag Command Queuing
 target0:0:0: asynchronous
 target0:0:0: FAST-10 SCSI 10.0 MB/s ST (100 ns, offset 8)
 target0:0:0: Domain Validation skipping write tests
 target0:0:0: Ending Domain Validation
Driver 'sd' needs updating - please use bus_type methods
scsi 0:0:0:1: Disabling Tag Command Queuing
mice: PS/2 mouse device common for all mice
input: Amiga Keyboard as /class/input/input0
input: Amiga mouse as /class/input/input1
TCP bic registered
NET: Registered protocol family 1
NET: Registered protocol family 17
NET: Registered protocol family 15
registered taskstats version 1
scsi: waiting for bus probes to complete ...
scsi 0:0:3:0: CD-ROM            TEAC     CD-W512SB        1.0K PQ: 0 ANSI: 2
 target0:0:3: Beginning Domain Validation
 target0:0:3: asynchronous
 target0:0:3: FAST-10 SCSI 10.0 MB/s ST (100 ns, offset 8)
 target0:0:3: Domain Validation skipping write tests
 target0:0:3: Ending Domain Validation
sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] 17836668 512-byte hardware sectors (9132 MB)
sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Write Protect is off
sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] 17836668 512-byte hardware sectors (9132 MB)
sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Write Protect is off
sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
 sda: RDSK (512) sda1 (SFS^@)(res 2 spb 1) sda2 (SFS^@)(res 2 spb 1)
sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Attached SCSI disk
Warning: unable to open an initial console.
Z2RAM: using 0K Zorro II RAM and 384K Chip RAM (Total 384K)
amikbd: Ctrl-Amiga-Amiga reset warning!!
amikbd: Ctrl-Amiga-Amiga reset warning!!

Now my SCSI controllers (onboard A4091 and Warp Engine) and peripherals are properly detected, no more panic :-) But the kernel seems to complain about no Chip RAM being available for debug, and that it is unable to open a console (?).
What the problem can be?

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