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Re: howto boot alpha via SRM without supported SCSI controller

Hi Måns!

On Fre, 22 Okt 2004, Måns Rullgård wrote:
> > Thanks for the suggestion. I decided to take this route, put a small IDE
> > disk into the machine, and only get aboot, kernel and root-fs from
> > there. Anyting else will be done from SCSI disks.
> There is no problem having the root fs on the SCSI disks.  Just pass
> root=/dev/sdXX to the kernel.

So the aboot loader, the etc/aboot.conf and the kernel(s). That would be
not to bad. Would the following layout work:


and in aboot.conf there is:
0:1/vmlinuz ro root=/dev/sda1

> > Finally I got it to work using the fix from Ivan Kokshaysky.
> > No I only need a SRM-bootp acceptable NIC for our second alpha ;-)
> The Digital Tulip series usually work well (surprise).  They are
> getting rare these days, though.

Hmm, this is the one that does not work here:
Linux Tulip driver version 0.9.15-pre12 (Aug 9, 2002)
tulip0:  EEPROM default media type Autosense.
tulip0:  Index #0 - Media MII (#11) described by a 21140 MII PHY (1) block.
tulip0:  MII transceiver #0 config 0000 status 780d advertising 01e1.
eth0: Digital DS21140 Tulip rev 34 at 0xfffffc880a104000, 00:40:05:36:50:D4, IRQ 25.

The only one I got working was on our PC164 with
eth0: DE434/5 at 0x8400 (PCI bus 0, device 7), h/w address 00:c0:95:ec:b7:60,
      and requires IRQ17 (provided by PCI BIOS).
de4x5.c:V0.546 2001/02/22 davies@maniac.ultranet.com

Are you sure that the tulip work?

Best wishes


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