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M68K status

Hello everyone,

I'm just trying to figure out where the status of the m68k port of Debian stands. There doesn't appear to be too much activity on the mailing list, and I see nothing big has made it's way to the official releases. Can someone update me on where everything stands? Who's working on what? I've been trying to install Debian on this machine for days, with very little luck. I've tried installing Sarge, but amiboot 5.6 and 6.0 both have problems. If I try to start the installer from the workbench, the kernel freezes at a black screen. If I connect to the serial port, I see ABCDGHIJK then nothing happens. Passing console=ttyS0,9600n8 also produces no output. If I boot into early startup (holding both mouse buttons) and choose boot with no startup sequence, then run setpatch, the kernel will then load and run normally. Has grub(2) been ported to m68k? If not, how do you install amiga-lilo, and would that help? Does anyone know where to find the amiboot source code?

With the Debian Etch CD, my system freezes at the point in the installer where the drive is being formatted with ext3. Also, when choosing StartInstall_retz3, I don't get video on my Retina card, just black and white video on the motherboard ECS output. The kernel on the Etch CD is able to detect the separate LUNs on my media card reader, which is nice. Sarge's kernel only detects LUN 0 (PCMCIA slot).

I've been spending a lot of time lately tinkering with my Amiga, and I would like to help with the project in any way I can. I'm about intermediate level with C and C++ programming, and I've been using Linux (Fedora usually) since about 2004. I've contributed a few patches to the WINE project and once submitted a patch for the Linux CIFS driver. Sadly they were all turned down for various reasons, but that's ok.

I have an Amiga A3000D, with the following specs:

1. Cyberstorm MKII '060/50 with 128MB RAM
2. 16MB motherboard fast RAM
3. 256MB ZorRam card
4. A2065 ethernet
5. Retina Z3 video
6. Buster 11
7. V-Lab Y/C video digitizer
8. external Yamaha SCSI CD burner
9. PCD-60B SCSI media card reader, used as my main storage with a 32GB CF card
10. WD33C93 rev. C SCSI controller clocked at full-speed (20MHz)
(and yes, I still have a specially ordered tube of some Rev.C WD chips...they exist)
11. AmigaOS 3.9 with Boing Bags 1-4.
12. Custom 3.1 kickstart ROM I made with Remus, which has scsi.device 43.45

I tried like the devil to get an Aztec Monster (Acard) SCSI to compact flash adapter to work in my A3000. That's why I have so many SCSI related mods. It never did work, so I got a media card reader instead. I've probably got over $2,000 USD invested in my Amiga hobby now. And yes, my wife thinks I'm weird.


John Voltz
Rudolph, OH U.S.A

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