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Re: Debian 3.1r4 sparc CD images

> On Thu, Dec 21, 2006 at 09:32:49AM -0800, W. Davies wrote:
> >
> >Greetings!
> >
> >I am having significant difficulties trying to burn a
> >bootable CD for Sparc platform.  I have tried both the
> >debian-31r4-sparc-netinst.iso and debian-31r4-sparc-
> >businesscard.iso images, both of which fail with the
> >same problem.  The problem is that I download the ISO
> >image and attempt to burn the image, but the CD soft-
> >ware only sees the ISO image as being a small percent
> >of the actual size (e.g. the ~40MB "business card"
> >image shows up as being 2MB and the ~160MB "netinst"
> >image shows up as being 12 MB in the burner software).
> >For reference, I also attempted to download and burn
> >the i386 version of the netinst image using the same
> >steps.  This worked without fault.
> >
> >Unfortunately, the only CD burner and software I have
> >available is on a non-GNU, non-Un*x system.  The CD
> >software is by "Sonic Solutions" under the label
> >"Multimedia Center for Think Offerings".  I am not
> >having any unusual difficulties with the computer,
> >software, etc., otherwise.
> >
> >For a different reference, I also attempted to mount
> >each Sparc ISO image as a loopback device on an i386-
> >platform machine running Debian-unstable that I have
> >available (which does not have a CD burner).  This
> >seems to work just fine, with the images showing up
> >and appearing to be of normal expected size, etc.
> >
> >I had thought the Sparc images were corrupt, but the
> >successful loopback mounts suggests otherwise.  Any
> >notions as to what's going on and how to fix?
On Fri, 22 Dec 2006, Steve McIntyre wrote:
> It sounds like the software is trying to parse the contents of the
> image, and getting it wrong. Bootable sparc CDs contain extra metadata
> used by the sparc firmware to locate the bootable sections of the
> image, and it looks like the organisation of this metadata is
> confusing your Sonic Solutions software. If there are any options to
> disable image parsing or image testing or similar, I'd give those a
> try. Otherwise, try and obtain some more (less!) intelligent burner
> software that will just write an ISO image...
> --
> Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                                steve@einval.com
> "I've only once written 'SQL is my bitch' in a comment. But that code
>  is in use on a military site..." -- Simon Booth

Thanks Steve,

Although I would have thought all ISO images were created equal,
I found the "ISO Recorder" program listed under the FAQ:


which worked perfectly!  As you suggested, I just needed some
"less intelligent" software.  Funny, the inverse nature of
intelligence.... :)

Thanks again.


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