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Bug#402102: SPARC32 install fails to boot

Package: installation-reports

Boot method: <How did you boot the installer? CD? floppy? network?> floppy
Image version: <Full URL to image you downloaded is best> http://people.debian.org/~stappers/d-i/images/daily/sparc32/floppy/2.6/ 20061207 images
Date: <Date and time of the install> 2006-12-07 20:00 CST

Machine: <Description of machine (eg, IBM Thinkpad R32)> Sun SparcStation 20
Processor: 2 x SM71 (75Mhz SuperSparc II / sun4m)
Memory: 256MB
Partitions: <df -Tl will do; the raw partition table is preferred> 18.2GB drive, parted only recognized 4.1GB. can't get raw partitions at the moment.

Output of lspci -nn and lspci -vnn:

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

Initial boot: [O]
Detect network card: [E]
Configure network: [O]
Detect CD: [ ]
Load installer modules: [E]
Detect hard drives: [O]
Partition hard drives: [E]
Install base system: [O]
Clock/timezone setup: [O]
User/password setup: [O]
Install tasks: [O]
Install boot loader: [O]
Overall install: [E]


Installed from floppy, because CD-ROM support is busted ATM. Had to manually select my network card (LANCE) and SCSI chipset (ESP). System configured network via DHCP with no errors, and I was able to continue the install process. After selecting the SCSI chipset manually, the drive was detected. The partitioning didn't work right, as parted only thought the drive was 4.1GB. It appears to detect the drive geometry incorrectly. I let it install to the 4.1GB section it had partition, and it finished the install without any other errors.

At reboot, the SILO bootloader came up, and began to boot the system. The system hung looking for the root filesystem, and dropped to an initramfs prompt for troubleshooting. The ESP module was not installed in the initramfs, so there's no way to mount the hard drive at this point.

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