RE: NetBoot on Multia
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> > Anyhow, here goes. I?ve got a VX40 Multia, which I?m trying to
> > netboot. I tried stable, no dice. kernel dies and it
> reboots. Then, I
> > tried Woody. It worked. Loads tftpboot.img, I?m able to mount
> > nfs, install the base system. I get an error about chroot
> > /target, but I cancel out, and attempt to finish the install. It
> > locks up
> on reboot.
> > So, then I take my newly loaded Debian install, and try to boot
> > with an aboot padded kernel. Of course, I?m sure you know what
> happens, as
> > the Debian kernels no longer have NFS compiled in, and it
> can?t mount
> > root fs.
> erm, i thought they did. I always install over nfs ... (local
> mirror availability and all) and have never noticed the lack of
> does 'cat /proc/filesystems' contain a line with "nodev nfs"?
?nodev nfs? is in there when I boot off the rescue floppy. What does
> another option is to put a local copy of the install files
> (modules, root
> etc) on a disk and transfer that into your multia. then load the
> nfs module.
I 've made a boot floppy from the Debian install process, and tried
using the rescue floppy, passing arguments as such:
boot -pr bootp ewa0 -flags "root=/dev/nfs nfsroot=192.168.0.1:/foo"
Still can't mount root at 00:00
> > NetBSD, OpenBSD, and FreeBSD all are afflicted with the same
> > problem. The kernel can?t get the mac address from the firmware.
> > At
> that seems to indicate more of a hardware problem than a
> software/debian/RH/<OS_here> problem :(
> try flashing the console with the latest firmware (locations
> available many
> times over in the archives here and www.linuxalpha.org)
Nope. The problem IS with the latest firmware. 3.8.3 is buggy. 3.8.2
works well, but Digital won?t release it.
> > first, I thought this might of been the problem that potato had,
> > and maybe it did, but it?s fixed now, I guess. I suppose I need
> > to get out a cross compiler and start building.
> only caveat there, is that you *really* want to build your
> alpha binaries
> on a 64 bit machine. Wierd stuff and broken binaries happens
Good plan. I think I know someone to help me out. I?ll post status of
woody again later.
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