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Bug#411203: Debian etch installer doesn't boot on IBM PPC64 CHRP systems, partitioner problem

Package: installation-reports
Version: daily build 20061102
Severity: important

Boot method: CD
Image version: debian/dists/etch/main/installer-powerpc/current/images/powerpc64/netboot/mini.iso
Date: Feburary 15, 2007
Machine: IBM p5-520
Partition Table for /dev/sda

               First       Last
 # Type       Sector      Sector   Offset    Length   Filesystem Type (ID) Flag
-- ------- ----------- ----------- ------ ----------- -------------------- ----
 1 Primary           0       16064     63       16065 PPC PReP Boot (41)   Boot
 2 Primary       16065     1975994      0     1959930 Linux raid auto (FD) None
 3 Primary     1975995   143364059      0   141388065 Extended (05)        None
 5 Logical     1975995     5879789     63     3903795 Linux swap / So (82) None
 6 Logical     5879790   143364059     63   137484270 Linux raid auto (FD) None

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

Initial boot:           [E]
Detect network card:    [O]
Configure network:      [O]
Detect CD:              [O]
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives:     [O]
Partition hard drives:  [E]
Create file systems:    [O]
Mount partitions:       [O]
Install base system:    [O]
Install boot loader:    [O]
Installed system ok:    [O]


Initial boot:
Systems will not boot off the CD image, because the ISO image is not built
with the correct directory structure.  The proper directory layout (and
needed mkisofs option) are detailed at this URL:

I was able to make a bootable CD using Debian's kernel/initrd/yaboot by
following those instructions detailed in the URL above.

Partition Hard drives:

After selecting the partition type of "PReP boot" in the partitioner, it
gave a weird message box ("???? ????"), and wouldn't start back up.  I had
to do the partitioning by hand in order to get this to work.

Purdue University Research Computing --  http://www.itap.purdue.edu/rcac

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