Re: Install trouble on Alpha 300xl
Scott R. Sewall wrote:
I'm having trouble installing Debian GNU/Linux on my Alpha 300xl.
I loaded the following two files onto a FAT formatted floppy:
(renamed to milo)
When I boot, the following is displayed on the console:
Linux Loader V1.5
Copyright(c) 1994,1995 Digital Equipment Corporation
System Partition is OSLOADPARTION=scsi(0)disk(0)partition(1)
Load ilke Name is OSLOADFILENAME=\
Load Path is multi(0)disk(0)fdisk(0)\milo
Loading file at 0x8008000 ...
Getting firmware parameters...
...Memory Size is 0x2000000 bytes
Setting up arguments for Milo @ 0x801FFC00
Setting up memory size for Milo @ 0x801FFE00
Setting up memory size for Milo @ 0x801FFF00
Swapping to PALcode at 0x80000 ...
at this point the system hangs.
Sorry for the late reply, but I have been on a trip the last week and
just saw your post. I had EXACTLY the same problem when testing the
boot-floppies and milo for Woody last summer. I have not looked at them
recently, nor have I tried them for Debain Potato (2.2r5), but I suspect
the "problem" is the same.
The MILO compiled against the 2.2.X series of kernels and modified for
more current capabilites (reiserfs, ext3, etc) exhibit this on the Alpha
XLT arch. I suspect this newer MILO made its way into the most recent
version of Debian Potato for the Alpha. I am NOT a coder, so I have not
been able to get it fixed here, but I have reported it on this list last
Note to coders: The hang at this particular place "Swapping to PALcode
at 0x80000 ..." seems to have been a problem with MILOs on other Alpha
Versions too, but was "fixed" in the 2.2.18 MILO.... but NOT on the
XLT. See Stephan's changelogs. Stephan didn't have an XLT to test the
I have found a "work-around" by using the milo that came with Debian
"Slink/early-Potato" which was compiled against the 2.0.35 kernel. It
works to get me to the milo prompt, where I can install the normal boot
floppy images. Everything works OK after that. You might have to
search the archives to get this version. If you can't find it, fire me
an E-Mail and I will send you the one I am using.