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install etch on PC164

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I have a 1997 alpha PC164 with IDE drive, cdrom, floppy,
NE2000 ethernet card. The SRM command "show dev" lists bootable
devices: only the floppy and the IDE device connected to the
outer IDE header, J14, IDE drive 0/1 connector.  Not listed is
the device connected to the other IDE header, J13, IDE drive
2/3 connector.  The ethernet card is not listed as a bootable
device either.

I put the CDROM on the bootable IDE header and the hard drive
on the other. I was then easily able to install using Debian
Etch 4.0r3 netinst CD. I only installed the standard system,
not the desktop, since I only have 128 MB ram, equivalent to
64 MB on a 32 bit machine. aboot was automatically installed.

I then reversed the IDE cables so the hard drive was on the
bootable header.  The SRM command "boot dqa0" worked, loading
the kernel, but the boot stalled at the following point:

Begin: mounting root file system
Begin: running /scripts/local-top
ide2: I/O resource 0x3EE-0x3EE not free
ide2: ports already in use, skipping probe
Begin: waiting for root file system

after four minutes of this:

Check root= bootarg cat /proc/cmdline
or missing modules, devices: cat /proc/modules ls /dev
ALERT! /dev/hdc3 does not exist. Dropping to a shell!

Presumably, when I do "boot dqa0" I could add additional
stuff that would get around this. Any suggestions?

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