Re: Woody on AplhaDEc 500a - what boot parameters to use?
John Larsen <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Geert Stappers wrote:
> >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.
> >> After installing the base system, kernel and drivers I find the
> >> following mounted:
> >>/dev/ram0 on / type ext2 (rw)
> >>/proc on /proc type proc (rw)
> >>/dev/sda2 on /target type ext2 (rw)
> >>/dev/cdrom on /instmnt type iso9660 (ro)
> >>there are two versions of fstab on on /target/etc
> >>/dev/sda2 / ext2 errors=remount-ro
> >>/dev/sda3 none swap sw
> >>proc /proc proc defaults
> >>/dev/fd0 /floppy auto
> >>/dev/cdrom /cdrom iso9660
> >>and /etc/fstab that only shows the /dev/fd0
> >>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.
> >Your system boots in several stages:
> >* ROM
> >* SRM or ARC
> >* MILO
> >* vmlinuz
> >The ROM has been told to use SRM or ARC
> >SRM/ARC starts MILO
> >MILO loads and starts vmlinuz
> >but that is only the simplified version of the boot chain.
> >Are you sure you configured at the right place the right item?
> >What happens when you remove the bootfloppy from the floppy drive?
> It reboots no different whether the floppy is in or out. I have
> noticed that milo finds a miata version of 2.2.16-suse and then
> detects a change of disk, then uses the cd-rom and the installation
> starts over. Thanks for your help. I understand that debian-alpha is
> the proper list so I'll ask there.
Why don't remove the cdrom for the time being?
If you have a SRM console the debian CDs should boot with aboot and
your finished installation should do so too.
If you don't have an SRM consider installing it. Its the bios of
choice if available for your arh flavour.