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Re: powerpc/debian question

On Sat, Jun 07, 2003 at 05:35:22PM -0400, Kevin Mudrick wrote:
> hi there,
> i've seen some of your posts to linux.debian.ports.powerpc, and saw one
> in particular where you said you did a powerpc serial install with
> woody.  i'm wondering if you could possibly help me out, give me some
> pointers on how to go about with that.  I'm able to access OF from a
> serial console, but as soon as I type "boot fd0" from the "0 >" prompt
> in OF, it reads my debian boot floppy and ejects it, i am assuming then
> its time for the root disk, but i'm getting nothing on the serial
> console.. is there something i need to pass to the boot argument to get
> it to work over serial?  the only mac monitor i have for this machine
> (oh, its a powermac 7500) is unreadable (syncing issues, i dunno) if i
> try to install with the monitor as my output.
> thanks,
> kevin

Yes, IIRC you need:


as a boot parameter. Unfortunately, to add the boot parameter on the
floppy image you'll need a binary editor (like beav in debian) or else
with ResEdit in MacOS you can edit the cmdl resource in the System
file. I found that 9600 was a really bad speed to use, because it is
out of sync with the serial drivers. It would respond at about 1 cps.

You also need to 

setenv kbd ttya
setenv console ttya

in OF, if they're not already set that way, so you will see the output
on the serial console.

Debian GNU/Linux Operating System
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