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Bug#419698: sunblade100 won't boot etch installer

Package: debian-installer

Boot method: CD ISO
Image version: http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/4.0_r0/sparc/iso-cd/debian-40r0-sparc-CD-1.iso
Date: Tue Apr 17 09:11:54 EDT 2007

Machine: SunBlade 100
Processor: UltraSPARC-IIe
Memory: 128MB
Partitions: n/a

Output of lspci -nn and lspci -vnn:  n/a (didn't get this far)

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

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


At the open boot prompt, I typed

boot cdrom

and SILO loaded a splash screen that gives me 3 options -- the default is "Boot install" and I'm also offered the opportunity to type "expert" or "rescue" at the command line. All three options get exactly the same result:

Allocated 8 Megs of memory at 0x40000000 for kernel
Loaded kernel version 2.6.18
Loading initial ramdisk (3879265 byes at 0x78000000 phys, 0x40C00000 virt)...
Remapping the kernel... done.
Booting Linux...

Just after the last line appears (Booting Linux...) the screen darkens for 1/2 a second or so (as if the video capabilities of the machine are being interrogated) and then the same white boot screen with the black text I've pasted above comes back on and the machine is completely frozen.

I'm happy to test any proposed or attempted fixes.

	thank you very much for your work on debian,

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