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Re: install etch on PC164

On Thu, May 08, 2008 at 02:00:15PM -0500, donald daniel wrote:
> I am not currently subscribed to this mailing list.
> 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
> done
> 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!
> ..
> ..
> (initramfs)
> Presumably, when I do "boot dqa0" I could add additional
> stuff that would get around this. Any suggestions?

You probably have to pass root=/dev/hda3 instead of hdc3 since you moved
them around.  Can't the machine boot from the HD in the other location?
For that matter does it require the CDROM to be on the first controller
to boot?  That would seem like a terrible design if you had to open the
box and rewire it as part of installing an OS.

Len Sorensen

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