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Re: Woody on AplhaDEc 500a - what boot parameters to use?

On Mon, Oct 06, 2003 at 05:54:16PM -0500, John Larsen wrote:
> I am installing woody on a Alpha personal workstation 500a. It used to 
> run Suse 7.1. However, I get stuck in the installation and it keeps 
> going back to the installation menu after prompting for being rebooted.

> All seems to work ok until the rebbot to continue the installation of 
> the system. I would appreciate a pointer in the right direction ( I did 
> read the fine manual ) but I am still unclear on the boot parameters 
> upon rebooting.

> I have booted from a floppy containing linload.exe and milo and 
> installation from the cd works ok.

> /dev/sda2	/	ext2	errors=remount-ro
> /dev/sda3	none	swap	sw
> proc		/proc	proc	defaults
> /dev/fd0	/floppy	auto	
> /dev/cdrom	/cdrom	iso9660

> Then mkdir /mnt/fat
> mkdosfs /dev/sda1
> mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/fat
> cd /instmnt/milo
> cp miata linload.exe /mnt/fat
> mount then also shows /dev/sda1 on /mnt/fat

> fdisk /dev/sda indicated sda2 as bootable

> I edited the boot parameters as boot sda2:/boot/vmlinuz-2.2.20-generic 
> root=/dev/sda2 but that doesn't work - it just restarts the installation 
> from the cd.

You should probably ask this on debian-alpha, instead; the debian-boot
list is for discussions of the development of the boot process for the
next Debian release.

However, I will say that MILO is not the preferred method of booting
alphas.  If you have the necessary support for your SCSI card, you will
probably find you have better luck if you install the SRM console on the
machine in place of AlphaBIOS and using aboot in place of MILO.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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