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Bug#269208: marked as done (Installer report (sparc))

Your message dated Wed, 08 Sep 2010 03:57:36 +0000
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and subject line Closing old installation report #269208
has caused the Debian Bug report #269208,
regarding Installer report (sparc)
to be marked as done.

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Package: installation-reports


Debian-installer-version: rc1, 2 Aug 2004, from ftp.debian.org.
uname -a: Linux eclipse 2.4.26-sparc64 #1 Sun Jun 20 02:39:17 PDT 2004 sparc64 GNU/Linux
Date: 30 Aug 2004
Method: CD-ROM installer (using cdrom-mini.iso), followed by net install
    (http, not proxied)

Machine: Sun Ultra 5
Processor: TI UltraSparc IIi (Sabre)
Memory: 256M
Root Device: /dev/hda
Root Size/partition table: 9.1G drive, approx. 8.4G root partition (/dev/hda1)
      followed by approx. 700M swap partition (/dev/hda2)
Output of lspci and lspci -n:
    bab@eclipse:~> lspci
    0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: Sun Microsystems Computer Corp. Ultra IIi
    0000:00:01.0 PCI bridge: Sun Microsystems Computer Corp. Simba Advanced PCI Bridge (rev 13)
    0000:00:01.1 PCI bridge: Sun Microsystems Computer Corp. Simba Advanced PCI Bridge (rev 13)
    0000:01:01.0 Bridge: Sun Microsystems Computer Corp. EBUS (rev 01)
    0000:01:01.1 Ethernet controller: Sun Microsystems Computer Corp. Happy Meal (rev 01)
    0000:01:02.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc 3D Rage Pro 215GP (rev 5c)
    0000:01:03.0 IDE interface: Silicon Image, Inc. (formerly CMD Technology Inc) PCI0646 (rev 03)
    bab@eclipse:~> lspci -n
    0000:00:00.0 0600: 108e:a000
    0000:00:01.0 0604: 108e:5000 (rev 13)
    0000:00:01.1 0604: 108e:5000 (rev 13)
    0000:01:01.0 0680: 108e:1000 (rev 01)
    0000:01:01.1 0200: 108e:1001 (rev 01)
    0000:01:02.0 0300: 1002:4750 (rev 5c)
    0000:01:03.0 0101: 1095:0646 (rev 03)

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

Initial boot worked:    [E]
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:    [O]
Reboot:                 [O]


Mostly fine.  The only problem was with the initial boot: the linux kernel
would begin to load and moments later the screen would go blank with an "out
of range" error.

It turns out the solution was to boot with video="atyfb:1024x768@60" (or
some other appropriate resolution) at the debian-installer SILO prompt.
I actually found this in the gentoo install docs through some googling
(http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/gentoo-sparc-faq.xml).  I then had to supply
this again at the SILO prompt after debian-installer rebooted, and then
finally add it to my /etc/silo.conf once my system was running.

It is worth noting that the sparc was connected to a PC LCD monitor (the one
I usually use for my i386 box).

Until I found the gentoo docs this was a rather vexing problem, since it hit
at the very beginning and so you had no feedback whatsoever -- you could not
even watch the kernel messages as the machine booted up.  I'd suggest that
this is worth an entry in the troubleshooting section of the sparc installer
docs (section 5.3), in the event that other people also try to hook their
sparc box up to an ordinary PC monitor.

Thanks - Ben.

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We are closing this installation report for one of the following
- it was reported with a pre-lenny version of Debian
- indications in the installation report give the feeling that
  the reported problem waslying in another software, unrelated to
  D-I, which we can't easily identify.
- indications in the installation report suggest that it may have been
  fixed in a more recent version of a D-I component
- it was successful and we forgot closing it..:-)
- it has no information we consider useful

The D-I team is currently in the process of cleaning out the old spool
of installation reports that haven't bene processed yet. 

In case you think that the problem you reported has chances to be
still present, please reiterate your installation test with
a more recent image of D-I, if you're in position of doing this.

You'll find daily builds at
http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer. We recommend you choose
the netboot image, in the "daily builds section", then choose to
install "squeeze" when prompted.

If some problems are found, please report them with a new bug sent
against installation-reports.

Many thanks for your understanding and your help improving Debian,
past and present.

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