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RE: AlphaServer 800 Installation


Great comment.  I just booted with -fl 0 and I got to the installer
menu.  I did see some flash of red, and messages that made me think it
would crash again, but it did not.  Should I be concerned?


-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Langasek [mailto:vorlon@debian.org] 
Sent: Friday, May 28, 2004 11:37 AM
To: debian-alpha@lists.debian.org
Subject: Re: AlphaServer 800 Installation


On Fri, May 28, 2004 at 10:13:17AM -0400, Jim and Kelly Younkin wrote:
> As stated below, I just tried the install boot using sarge, and did
> get the "kernel paging request" error.  Perhaps this is because I got
> different error.  After finding the aboot.conf file on the CD image, I
> entered the command as follows:

> >>>boot dak400 -fi /boot/vmlinuz -fl "ramdisk_size=16384
> initrd=/boot/initrd.gz root=/dev/ram devfs=mount,dall"

Too much second-guessing of the system here.  "boot dka400 -fl 0" should
be sufficient.  In fact, even though you've duplicated the exact
argument set used by d-i, -fl 0 is preferred because some versions of
SRM have a limit on the length of the flag string.  This may be the
problem here, since 08:02 is not the correct inode for a ramdisk.

> Then I got this error:

> VFS: Cannot open root device "" or 08:02

> Please append correct "root=" boot option

> Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 08:02

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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