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Re: Booting Multias

  I'm not sure what the problem is with my multia, but it seems to not
want to boot at all with an ide drive in there. I partiioned a 500mb
2.5" ide drive to have a 10mb first partion and formatted that to fat
and put the linloader and milo there. Then also partitoned the rest of
the drive to have a 30mb boot partition formated to ext2, a 50mb swap,
and the rest to ext3.
   Did all that on a laptop running etch, then put this in my multia,
hoping to just copy the new etch install on to it from the scsi, but srm
won't boot with the ide connected. I even took it out, set the multia to
boot to arc, booted arc, set the variables there for the ide, then shut
down, put the ide drive in, and started it up again.
   It just sits there with the first two lines of the srm boot where
it's checking the memory, won't go any further than that. I'm sure the
drive is connected right with the red wire on the 44pin cable going to
pin 1 on both the ide drive and the mb connector.

Daniel Potts wrote:
> Arc is the way to go if you want to boot directly from the HDD. You'll
> need a small FAT partition which ARC can see, and stick the loader and
> perhaps kernel image in there. There are some instalation howto's on the
> web. I'm not sure where the best place to get these from is, but if you
> don't have much luck email me personally and I'll send you  my loader
> and milo that works for a 2.4.
> Doing a netboot to start is probably the easiest way to get the install
> going.
> On 07/02/2007, at 8:32 AM, Harmon Seaver wrote:
>>    I'm trying to figure out the best way to make use of the IDE
>> controller in my multias, mostly because of the still very high cost of
>> 2.5" scsi drives, and a desire to use a CF-card/IDE adapter anyway.
>>    Knowing that SRM can't even see the ide, so can't boot from it, the
>> choices are booting from a floppy, or netbooting, or, I suppose, ARC,
>> but I think I've played with that and wasn't having much luck.
>>    So which would be best, floppy or netboot, and is there any way to
>> make SRM just do them automatically? Netboot would probably be
>> preferable, since I think the floppy in the multia is toast, or at least
>> I couldn't write or read from it the last time I was playing with this.
>>     Secondly, does anyone have an Etch netboot image built for this? Can
>> the current netboot image for testing install to an IDE?
>> --Harmon Seaver
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Harmon Seaver

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