Re: Install trouble on Alpha 300xl
Thanks for the tip. If you have a working version of milo, please send it my way.
btw, I sent a note to Stephan regarding this problem, but have not received a response.
I'm relatively inexperienced with Linux, so I don't really know where's the right place to
turn for help. I am a coder, so I hope I can get up to speed and maybe help fix the problem.
I greatly appreciate your help.
"Donald R. Spoon" wrote:
> 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:
> > http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/dists/Debian2.2r5/main/disks-alpha/current/MILO//linload.exe
> > http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/dists/Debian2.2r5/main/disks-alpha/current/MILO/xlt
> > (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.
> > Any ideas?
> > -- Scott
> Hi Scott.
> 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
> code on...
> 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.
> -Don Spoon-
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