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Re: Sarge install problem

On Tue, 25 May 2004 11:31:19 +0200, you wrote:

>Hello Jonathan,
>On Tue, May 25, 2004 at 10:45:13AM +1000, Jonathan Kelly wrote:
>> I tried to install Sarge from the cd-mini.iso from 30/04/2004 sized
>> 5742592.
>> I eventually booted it OK, as the machine is uses MILO, so is not
>> straight forward. BTW, is milo not being supported in Sarge?
>Yes. Since noone stepped up to add support for milo in d-i, only SRM
>is supported. If milo works, it is by chance :-)). Volunteers for this
>are, of course, welcome. Unless you cannto switch, I'd strongly
>suggest SRM though, especially if you are installing afresh. Mmmh,
>sorry, I just see you have a Ruffian, then of course, SRM is not an

If it's not too late, I'll step up. I'm not sure what that would
involve, but I've got the machine to test it on, and it would seem
most of the work has been done for Woody. Anyway, let me know, as I
was just about to put that machine onto eBay.

>> So, everything goes OK until network config. It detects both my
>> network cards, and onboard DEC 21142/43 and a RTL8139. I select the
>> RTL as DEC is flaky. It fails DHCP and when I set it up manually it is
>> unable to retrieve the Release file. The long on console 4 shows the
>> following error
>> <date> (none) syslog.warn klogd: eth1: Too much work at interrupt Intr
>> Status=0x0001
>> dmesg shows
>> eth1: Identified 8139 chip type RTL-8139C
>> and later
>> eth1: link up, 100Mbps, full duplex, lpa 0x45E1
>> I know the network is OK because I have Woody installed and can boot
>> into that and access the web fine.
>> The machine is
>> PC164ux/bx Ruffian 600MHz arcS bios (yuk)
>> 512M memory
>> DEC 21142/43 onboard network card (flaky)
>> RTL8139 PCI network card
>> Matrox Millenium II graphics card
>> SCSI controller sym53c875
>Which kernel are you using in woody? Are you using the RTL8139 module
>in woody as well?

I'm using a custom compiled 2.4.18 kernel which has 8139too version
0.9.24. I'm about to look on eBay to see if I can find a cheap-ish
card that has a bit more hardware. Google told me the 8139 barely has
enough hardware to be called an ethernet card. But unless you want a
whole slew of problems, I'd guess it would make sense to get it
working, as the 8139 is *cheap*, so there are probably a lot of people
using them ... though probably not as many with alphas. At least one
that we know of anyway! ;-\


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