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Re: Debian Installer - Problems Partitioning

On Sat, Jun 05, 2004 at 07:35:44PM -0400, Jim and Kelly Younkin wrote:
> Is there anything more I can do to get the necessary information for
> someone to be able to diagnosis the problem and suggest a solution?

At a start, you might try running 'modprobe DAC960' from console #2, to
see if you get anything more useful out of it that way (instead of just
"Error loading 'DAC960'").

I've checked and the DAC960 module doesn't take any options, so I can't
propose anything in that regard.

Can you confirm which version of the d-i (sarge) boot images you're
using?  It may be worth trying an image with a different kernel than the
one you've used so far; i.e., if you're using 2.4.25 right now, try
2.4.26, or vice versa.

> Should I try RedHat, or another flavor of Linux that supports Alpha?

> If I cannot get some version of Linux running on my Alpha by Tuesday I
> will have to order an Intel box.  I have fallen way behind on this
> project.

If you have a pressing need to get this box booting, you may well want
to give Red Hat a try here, as I can't promise any quick fixes for what
seems to be a kernel problem on your hardware.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Steve Langasek [mailto:vorlon@debian.org] 
> Sent: Saturday, June 05, 2004 3:39 PM
> To: debian-alpha@lists.debian.org
> Cc: Helge Kreutzmann; Jim and Kelly Younkin
> Subject: Re: Debian Installer - Problems Partitioning
> Importance: Low
> On Sat, Jun 05, 2004 at 06:36:34PM +0200, Helge Kreutzmann wrote:
> > Hello,
> > On Sat, Jun 05, 2004 at 12:10:33PM -0400, Jim and Kelly Younkin wrote:
> > > I am ashamed to admit, but I *still* don't get how I am supposed to
> run
> > > FDISK so I can get to an FDISK prompt.
> > There is nothing to be ashamed of!
> > > ~# fdisk /dev/sda
> > > /bin/sh: ~fdisk: not found
> > I don't know the PATH on this busybox. Try 
> > cd /sbin
> > ./fdisk /dev/sda
> > and then (after partitioning) return to the installer.
> This will absolutely not work, you must use devfs-style paths to all
> devices when running inside the debian installer.
> But this is an exercise in futility anyway -- if the disk could be seen
> by the kernel, partman would've let him partition it to begin with.  It
> doesn't matter which partitioner he tries to use, he is *not* going to
> be able to partition the disk until we figure out why the DAC960 module
> won't load for him.
> -- 
> Steve Langasek
> postmodern programmer
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