Re: Debian Installation upon an Alpha Server 4000 5/400
On Fri, Oct 19, 2007 at 11:44:16PM -0400, Robert Garron wrote:
> The issue is booting Debian Disk1 KDE on an Alpha Server 4000 5/400
> system -- after many iterations and contortions with different Ultra Wide
> Differential SCSI controllers -- I was able to utilize an Adaptec
> AHA-2944UW controller card to have Debian locate a disk and complete a full
> installation 99% successfully.
> The last 1% is the booting of the formated, file system created, installed
> Debian system which does NOT boot with the AHA-2944UW controller because
> the driver for this card is in the distribution and thus found a disk
> during the cdrom boot process, but the Alpha BIOS does NOT know about this
> card so any "auto" boot sequence is out of the question... So reporting to
> Debian my experience(s) is that:
> *** the Adaptec AHA-2944UW - ultra wide differential scsi card is NOT
> supported in the BIOS of Alpha Server 4000 and 4100's
I know nothing about Alphas, so my questions will be of generic
how-to-get-the-beast-to-boot nature rather than 'ideally...'.
What hardware do you have that the bios will boot? Does the box have a
floppy or CD that will boot? Will a grub-disk of some sort work? Can
you make a boot CD with a boot-loader and kernel that then points to the
root directory on the hard drive? What about net-booting?