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Testing woody on a IBM RS6000 B50


First of all, sorry for the crosspost, but I think that the message belongs
to all the three lists.

I'm trying to see if woody will work on one of this machines, they are
powerpc based, the one I have access to has a serial console, cdrom and

I read the Boot Floppies documentation where it says that the B50 is a prep
machine, so I put the prep rescue.bin on a floppy into the floppy drive and
a woody powerpc cd on the cdrom and made a couple of boot tries which went
more or less like this:

me:	0 > boot floppy
system:	 ok
me:	0 > boot cdrom
system:	unrecognized Client Program formatstate not valid
system:	 ok

Then I tried with a potato cdrom and got this:

me:	0 > boot cdrom
system:	PReP-BOOT : Unable to load PReP image.
system:	 ok

Well, I've been talking for a while with hollis on #debianppc and he has
told me that the B50 is not prep but chrp. If anyone can confirm this the
doc should be changed to signify this.

On the doc it is also said that the chrp is untested and I think that if
this is really chrp then we should try to test it now that I can ;-)

Also it says:
Generally, all you will need is a high-density (1440 kilobytes) 3.5 inch
floppy drive.  For CHRP floppy support is currently broken.

I was gonna test chrp floppies on monday, can anybody confirm if they are
supposed to boot the machine or not?

I'd also like to know if the CDs are supposed to boot on CHRP systems or
not :-?

And I would welcome any tips like parameters for booting this machines or
anything that you can give me, I'm new to this architecture, so I know
nothing about it.

Thanks in advance!

Manty/BestiaTester -> http://manty.net

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