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Bug#69793: IBM PC Server 320 (MCA/PCI Pentium) cannot boot

Good news: I'm happily running Potato on this monster now. I'm sending
this only to tie up some loose ends.

Upgrading the Flash BIOS to the latest version (29A) fixed everything.
An update disk is available for download from IBM's site. (The exact
location was <ftp://ftp.pc.ibm.com/pub/pccbbs/pc_servers/33l3917.exe>
but I bet this will have changed by the time somebody else wants to
repeat this ... I'll try to remember to keep a copy so you can mail me
if you want it.)

The host is not (yet) connected to the net but if you want me to post
the output of dmesg or something, it can be arranged.

On 24 Aug 2000 09:04:32 -0400, Adam Di Carlo <adam@onshore.com> wrote:
 > era eriksson <era@iki.fi> writes:
 >> > I mean, if you can't boot linux you can't boot and there's probably
 >> > littel we can do.
 >> Your installation manual requests that I submit a bug report if I
 >> can't get it to work. It's not like I'm demanding that you fix this.
 >> (And I'm sorry if I'm restating the obvious here.)
 > Yes, but this is a kernel bug, not a bf bug.

The instructions in the installation manual specifically say to submit
a bug report against boot-floppies if you can't manage to get it running. 

I'll gladly try to figure out how to submit a bug report against the
installation manual if that's what you're implying. (But as I'm not
very intimately familiar with the Debian organization, I bet somebody
else could find the exact coordinates for the currect GNATS category
much faster than I could ...)

 >> > Have you tried Tom's Boot Disk?
 >> No, I hadn't heard about it. I'll look around for it. (Found it
 >> already actually.) Thanks for the pointer.
 >> Meanwhile, Nathan had some promising suggestions about upgrading the
 >> Flash BIOS (thanks pal) which I'll probably try first. I'll try to
 >> keep you posted.
 > Good luck!

Thanks to all of you, but of course, especially Nathan for the tip
that Did It.

/* era */

On Thu, 24 Aug 2000 11:25:20 +0200, Josip Rodin <joy@cibalia.gkvk.hr>
 > On Wed, Aug 23, 2000 at 06:16:53PM +0300, era eriksson wrote:
 >> The POST says 1024k base, 48128KB extended (?), and 256k cache.
 >> (The message flashes by so fast I can't catch what exactly it's
 >> saying.)
 > Try pressing the Pause key, it usually works...

The Pause key on my keyboard is broken (honest :-)

More seriously, the screen is blanked immediately after the message
about the cache memory (or whatever it is). This is under the "quick
POST" option; I suppose reverting to the painfully slow regular POST
would fix that as well ...

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