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Bug#239012: sun ultra 2 beta 3 install

On Sat, 2004-03-20 at 03:57, Blars Blarson wrote:

> Comments/Problems:
> The first two tries to use DHCP failed, changing cable/switch port
> each time.  The third time worked.  The switch indicated the
> connection was at 10Mbps.  This could be a problem for others, if it
> isn't due to flakey hardware.  After reboot the system went to 100Mbps
> full duplex.

I've had a quite a bit of this problem, and I'm not sure how to work
around it.  Mostly I see it in that my Sparc won't sync to the network
even for rarp and can take up to an hour to find it.  Usually at bootup
time, I see it struggling, and then I see a message that says that the
kernel is forcing it to 10/half and it just picks up and goes.

I don't really know where to begin approaching that problem.

> Loading sr_mod failed.  This needs to be fixed so we can do
> non-network installs.  The busybox modprobe is broken on sparc64, and
> I've also had problems with the one in the udeb, so this isn't a new
> problem.

I think sr_mod is built into the kernel.  Also, the miniiso is only
intended to be a netboot kernel, so might not have those drivers (and I
thought shouldn't have that menu option).  Do you mind taking a look at

> The first reboot failed, however power cyclining the system got me
> through the second-stage installer.  Errors about respawning were 
> received.

What type of failure?

> After the second stage installer, it left my system unusable.  
> It failed to enable a getty for my serial console.

> Booting "linux init=/bin/sh" allowed me to edit /etc/inittab to
> disable the useless console gettys and enable the serial port getty.

No idea about these. =)  I don't know how d-i sets up for serial-only
machines.  I doubt this is sparc-specific, though.  I'll probably hit
this one when I start porting to Arm next week.

Thank-you so much!

Jeff Bailey

I never know what to expect when you respond to my postings. No insult
intended, you are merely a surprise :)
 - Carlos O'Donnell

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