Bug#247762: hppa installation report -- hangs at "Searching for devices"
Debian-installer-version: Sarge beta 4
Date: Thu May 6 11:37:47 PDT 2004
Method: 110MB ISO
Machine: HP Visualize B2000 workstation (hppa)
Root Device: /dev/sda
Base System Installation Checklist:
Initial boot worked: [E]
Configure network HW: [O]
Config network: [O]
Detect CD: [O]
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives: [O]
Partition hard drives: [O]
Create file systems: [O]
Mount partitions: [O]
Install base system: [O]
Install boot loader: [O]
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it
It was a bit tricky to get the console setting right, so I marked the
initial boot as error. palo guesses my sti console path and
provides that along with a font string on the boot command line. The font
specification that it used (sti_font=VGA8x16) causes the machine to hang
after the "both 64 and 32 bit kernels available, choosing 32" message.
Editing the boot string to remove the sti_font part allowed a good boot.
Here's the lspci output for my graphics card in case it matters:
0000:01:00.0 3D controller: Hewlett-Packard Company Visualize FXe (rev 03)
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company: Unknown device 108c
Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 255, IRQ 128
Memory at fb000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=16M]
Memory at fa000000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M]
Expansion ROM at f4800000 [disabled] [size=128K]
Upon reboot the bootloader was also incorrect about my kernel location. I
setup a separate /boot partition like so:
/dev/sda1 38M <palo>
/dev/sda2 38M /boot
/dev/sda3 4G /
/dev/sda4 512M <swap>
palo tried to load '2/boot/vmlinux' when it should have been '1/vmlinux'.
AIUI the kernel must be on a partition which is completely within the
first 2G so this should be a common scenario.
The curses screens for partitioning, language selection, etc. were
slightly broken. Text and borders were misaligned and somewhat hard to
read. Hard to explain this one without a screenshot, which I can't take
during the install process.
Finally, install via serial console doesn't seem possible -- not sure if
this is documented anywhere.
Paul Telford | 1024D/431B38BA | firstname.lastname@example.org | email@example.com
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