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Bug#277804: marked as done (installation report Sarge sparc64)

Your message dated Wed, 08 Sep 2010 03:57:44 +0000
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and subject line Closing old installation report #277804
has caused the Debian Bug report #277804,
regarding installation report Sarge sparc64
to be marked as done.

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Package: installation-reports

Debian-installer-version: daily build 10212004, business card ISO
uname -a: (something like 2.4.27-sparc64-smp)
Date: 2004 Oct 21
Method: Boot from CD burned from ISO.  Used mirrors.kernel.org
    for "testing" packages.

Machine: Sun Ultra 2
Processor: dual 296 MHz Ultra Sparc II
Memory: 256M
Root Device: /dev/sda  (SCSI ID 1)
Root Size/partition table: 60M /boot, 256M swap, rest of 9GB in /
Output of lspci and lspci -n: (there is no PCI bus in this model)

   Sun Creator 3D video (works with ffb driver), 
   onboard sound (not tested; should work ok)
   onboard hme ethernet (works fine)

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

Initial boot worked:    [O]
Configure network HW:   [O]
Config network:         [O]
Detect CD:              [E]
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:                 [E]


E: Failed at "Detect CD"; I had to switch to a shell and modprobe
esp and sr_mod.  (This required educated guessing and trial and 
error.)  After those modules loaded, retry of 
"Detect CD" found the CD drive and the installation proceeded 

The hard drive had a Sun label already and was recognized.  No
problem in manual partitioning.  (In a previous install report 
about Sarge on a sparc32 I noted a problem with disk mis-labeling.)

I set up my partitions based on prior knowledge about SILO 
limitations.  This may not be obvious to someone who has not
installed Debian before.

I was concerned that the machine would not be able to boot later 
on, due to not having the esp SCSI driver loaded after kernel and
initrd are loaded by SILO; the hard drive is also SCSI.  
However the installer downloaded a new SMP kernel package that
does not suffer from this problem.

E: The installer does not set the Sparc openboot boot-device
variable.  The unit I received was set to boot from network
thus the installation sequence did not boot SILO as just
installed.  After I manually set boot-device to disk1, the machine
is working fine.

Subsequently I installed a GNOME desktop, Synaptic, and a few X apps.

The SMP kernel 2.4.27-sparc64 seems to be working well.  Both CPUs 
are active according to gkrellm's monitors.  The machine is snappy
in browsing WWW; there is a natural concurrency of rendering
and downloading.

This is not newbie-friendly, but it is close to usable.

-- SP

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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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