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Bug#301586: [sparc64] [RC3 netinst 2.4.27] Some weird things happening during boot

Package: installation-reports

First time I've really installed from CD as it does not include the 2.6.8
kernel and I was under the impression that the support in 2.4.27 for my
IDE hardware would break the installation. It turns out it doesn't (maybe
because the CMD64x driver is compiled into the kernel).

Debian-installer-version: RC3 netinst 
uname -a:
Linux gimli 2.4.27-2-sparc64 #1 Mon Feb 14 19:11:37 PST 2005 sparc64 GNU/Linux
Date: 20050327
Method: Netinst
Installation with normal console (keyboard and monitor attached).
Used local mirror in 2nd stage.

Machine: Sparc Ultra 10
Processor: TI UltraSparc IIi (Sabre)
Memory: 1GB
Root Device: IDE /dev/hda
Output of lspci and lspci -n:
0000:00:00.0 0600: 108e:a000
0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: Sun Microsystems Computer Corp. Ultra IIi
0000:00:01.0 0604: 108e:5000 (rev 11)
0000:00:01.0 PCI bridge: Sun Microsystems Computer Corp. Simba Advanced PCI Bridge (rev 11)
0000:00:01.1 0604: 108e:5000 (rev 11)
0000:00:01.1 PCI bridge: Sun Microsystems Computer Corp. Simba Advanced PCI Bridge (rev 11)
0000:01:01.0 0680: 108e:1000 (rev 01)
0000:01:01.0 Bridge: Sun Microsystems Computer Corp. EBUS (rev 01)
0000:01:01.1 0200: 108e:1001 (rev 01)
0000:01:01.1 Ethernet controller: Sun Microsystems Computer Corp. Happy Meal (rev 01)
0000:01:02.0 0300: 1002:4754 (rev 9a)
0000:01:02.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc 3D Rage I/II 215GT [Mach64 GT] (rev 9a)
0000:01:03.0 0101: 1095:0646 (rev 03)
0000:01:03.0 IDE interface: Silicon Image, Inc. (formerly CMD Technology Inc) PCI0646 (rev 03)
0000:02:01.0 0782: 1592:0782 (rev 92)
0000:02:01.0 0782: Syba Tech Ltd Parallel Port Card 2xEPP (rev 92)

Base System Installation Checklist:
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it

Initial boot worked:    [E/O]
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:    [ ] Used existing silo, so installed "No bootloader"
Reboot:                 [O]

The CD boots, but the text in /boot/debian.txt is *not* displayed.
I'm fairly sure I've seen it displayed on an earlier occasion.
This may be related to #261824/267428 and #269109.

The first time I booted the CD (just pressed <enter>), the boot failed with
"No init found".
The second boot I used:
   linux ramdisx_size=20000 debconf/priority=medium debian-installer/framebuffer=true
and this went fine.
However, after the installation I was unable reproduce the failure of the first boot.

The debian-installer/framebuffer=true is needed to tell the installer to use the
framebuffer and properly display non-ascii characters (#257285).

No problem at all during the rest of the installation.
(Except for the exim4 pause happening during power off after the installation, but
that's described in another thread.)


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