Re: Motorola Starmax 3000/180, RTL 8139/8029, and a /big/ quandary
Well, I've looked at what cross compiling involves, and I think I'll hold on that until I've got a working system. So, what's involved in doing the null modem PPP install? I've already got a cable that I can use to connect my i386 box and my Starmax, but I don't know how to set up a PPP server, nor do I know how to get the installation program to use a null-modem connection. Note that I'm talking about the program that runs after the system reboots on its own. Also, is there any kind of "extended drivers disk" that might have an rtl8139 driver, or an rtl8029 driver? Are there any other drivers that I could get to work with either of these cards? I ask these questions because it would be much easier for me to not have to try to work around not having decent connectivity until I am able to recompile the kernel, unless it's easier to compile a kernel under Debian than under other Linuxes.
On Mon, Sep 11, 2000 at 08:40:20PM -0700, Chris Baker wrote:
> Kurt Raschke <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > Dear debian users:
> > I've been struggling with debian-powerpc for a couple of days, and I've running into a number of bugs. I don't have a debian cd, or a cd-burner, so I'm doing a network install. So, I downloaded the files prescribed by the installation docs, and got a base install going. I've got two Ethernet cards installed in the box, one with an RTL 8029 chip, and the other with an RTL8139 chip. Unfortunately, neither of them are supported by the base kernel. I do have the RTL8139 card working under the MacOS, so that's not a problem.
> > I've heard of people cross-compiling for the PowerPC, and I do have an i386/Linux box. So, I suppose that somehow I could compile a new kernel on my i386 box, and move it to the PPC box, but I really don't want to do that, so what are my options?
> I've heard that setting up a cross compiler is fairly straightforward,
> but I've never done it myself. If you don't want to go that route,
> you can set up a null-modem ppp connection with your PC. I have done
> this, and I can help you with the details if you want to go this
> route. Its slow, as you would imagine, but you can install a bare-bones
> system that can build kernels in a reasonable amount of time.