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Re: Installation on a Cube

On Sun, Dec 02, 2001 at 08:01:12PM +0000, Mark Brown wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 02, 2001 at 12:14:18PM -0700, Derrik Pates wrote:
> > When booting, the system should come to a 'boot:' prompt. Type 'debian
> > video=ofonly' at the prompt, this should force the (admittedly aging)
> > kernel to use the OpenFirmware console device, which won't be fast, but
> > will be enough to get you booted and interacting with the console.
> I've been running with video=ofonly in my yaboot.conf for the woody
> installer (booting from a HFS partition on the hard disk).  Specifying
> it explicitly for the potato CDs I have didn't seem entirely succesful -
> instead of hanging with no output the machine was powered down very
> rapidly after system startup.
> Removing the USB speakers didn't seem to have much effect on anything.

I had the exact same problem when I installed woody on my Cube. The
kernel that's distributed with woody boot-floppies just cannot be made
to work with the Cube, and I think something about using a recent benh
kernel with the woody boot-floppies initrd causes something wacky to
happen with debootstrap's disk access.

There is, however, a workaround, grotty thought it may be. I forked a
shell and created, initialized, and mounted all of the partitions on
the disk by hand. I also had to run mkofboot / ybin by hand from the
shell, as well as hand-crafting a yaboot.conf. So, basically, all the
installer did was give me enough of an environment to get busybox
working, and install the base distribution.

I also configured networking from the shell, but that may have just
been due to my own impatience -- try it from the installer and see
what happens.

Yes, this approach was klugey, but my system has been rock-solid since
the install (with the exception of some occasional file corruption,
which I think is the result of a semi-ganked merge of XFS with a benh


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