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Re: Installing 3.0 (woody eventually) on an ECS A900

David Goodenough <david.goodenough@btconnect.com> writes:

> I received an ECS A900 this morning

Nice thing, very cheap. I have one of them running Debian Sid.

> So I downloaded a BF2.4 ISO, and tried that. This got further, but
> the box has SIS 630 video, and the SIS framebuffer driver obviously
> did not like the support chips.

For support of the SIS 630 in both framebuffer and X11 you will want
to get some patches available here:


> I got a framebuffer with tux up the top, and it powered its was
> through and put out the message:-
> Compac CISS driver (version 2.4.5)
> and hung.

Did you try using an IDE only kernel for installation? I can't
remember which kernel I used when I installed my A900, but it was one
from an unmodified Woody CD.

> From what I can see the next thing it should be doing is looking for
> ethernet hardware. This box is supposed to have a RealTek chip in it
> but as yet I do not know what kind (I will find out shortly).

RTL8129 if I remember that correctly. Nothing special.

> So at least I will be able to find out what kind of LAN chip I have
> and whether the driver loads correctly (and which driver) for my
> next Debian attempt. I would much rather run Debian than SuSE on
> this box.

Do it. Works fine. BTW, the USB interface is of OHCI type.

[x] ulf

"Portability is for people who cannot write new programs."
  -- Linus Torvalds

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