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New installation media

Hello debian-hppa list members,


There is new instalation media available at http://prometheus.parisc-linux.org/debian-cd/debian-9.0/debian-9.0r1/

This allows instalation of the latest unstable/sid release of Debian GNU/Linux for the HP PARISC (hppa) architecture.

An installation guide will be updated on


Installation instructions

  • Instructions to burn the ISO image on a Mac: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5132196
  • IMPORTANT: If your machine has a DVD-drive, you should better burn the image to a DVD disc. The first-generation DVD-drives in some older PA-RISC machines may have problems booting from e.g. a CD-RW so you may get this error message: IPL error: bad LIF magic.
  • Those images should work on all machines, with 32- and 64bit kernels. Installation of a C8000 workstation needs to happen via serial console since the install image will not activate the ATI graphics card. After installation the ATI cards will work in non-accelerated mode though.
  • If your machine is behind a firewall, enter the proxy at the IPL command line the Linux kernel command line (change parameter 7)
  • Choose the automatic disc partitioning, unless you know all details about disc partitions for PA-RISC (e.g. PALO bootloader needs ext2).
  • The palo bootloader needs to reside on a SCSI disc. The installer will detect SATA discs and will not complain if you install to a SATA disc!
  • After reboot add this line to /etc/apt/sources.list and run apt-get update:
  •   deb http://ftp.ports.debian.org/debian-ports unstable main


Technical background of the install images

The installer images: debian-9.0r1-hppa-CD-1.iso and debian-9.0r1-hppa-NETINST-1.iso pull the debian packages from the repositories at http://prometheus.parisc-linux.org/debian-hppa-install/
which contains a full archive of the Debian Ports (hppa) 3/01/16
This is realized by the preseed/url=""> Linux kernel parameter which is hardcoded in the palo bootloader code in those images and require an internet conection to install.


Please send an installation report, any errors and any feed back to the list debian-hppa@lists.debian.org

Mike Hosken


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