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Re: Unidentified subject!

Antonio Fernando Haerter Fetter Filho wrote:

> Hi guys!
> I have a Digital Personal Workstation 500au and I would like to intall
> Debian on it. I already downloaded the Rescue disk, the Drivers disk (to
> miata), the Root disk and all packages in Debian ftp site.
> When I started to install Debian I had the first trouble...the boot by
> floppy disk in that machine is not easy and it should be done by Alphabios
> Setup, but this trouble is already solved.
> When the machine read the Boot disk it shows the MILO-prompt and not the
> Boot-prompt as writen in the INSTALL.TXT file, so after that I set the
> device by typing:
>                            "fd:"
> after that I typed in the MILO-prompt:
>                    "boot linux root=/dev/fd"

I am using:

boot fd0:linux root=/dev/fd0 load_ramdisk=1 prompt_ramdisk=1

for my non-headless install.  (Headless needs tty=something and a kernel with
serial console, waiting for an answer there...)

> after that the system read some files on the floppy and then ask me to
> insert the Root disk, then when I put the Root disk and press ENTER the
> system give me the following message:
>         "Kernel panic: VFS: unable to mount root fs on 02:00"
> and the systen becomes stalled, and then nothing more happens.
> Could you please give some help about it???
> I already re-download the image files and create another disk, but it did
> not solve my trouble.

Another example of badly broken install docs for Alpha...

What's the right way to do this (the docs)?  Break it down by SRM/ARC/AlphaBIOS,
or give the whole list of archs like the rescue floppy?  I only know
AlphaBIOS/MILO (and that not terribly well :-), but would be happy to write a
short correction section for this, others would need to add the other sections.


          Adam Powell                     http://lyre.mit.edu/~powell/
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