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Re: Problem netbooting a prep machine



On Fri, Dec 17, 2004 at 05:15:22PM +0100, Philippe Guyot wrote:
> Hi all!
> 
> I am trying to install a Debian on a powerpc 604 machine from Bull

This is probably a prep box, do you know if it uses the prep or ppcbug boot
mechanism ? 

> It has firmware 03.03.09 copyright Firmworks.
> 
> If it doesn't lie, it is a prep machine.

Cool.

> I made all the stuff for netbooting (dhcd,tftp and so on).Seems OK.
> 
> I am loading vmlinuz-prep.initrd ("load net") and the firmware answer:
> 
> ### : 0 d e  boot-file = vmlinuz-prep.initrd

Is this the rc2 or daily build, 2.4 or 2.6 d-i kernel ? 

> I examined the memory, the image seems well loaded at load-base (comparing hex 
> display of memory at load-base and at load-base+size of vm...with the output 
> of hexdump vm....
> (only first and last blocs of memory, of course)
> 
> then I typed "go" to start execution. firmware answer : ### : 0 d f 
> and the machine is frozen.
> 
> (of course, "boot net" gives the same result).
> 
> 
> Can somebody point me to a right direction ?

Not much, but i suppose that it may be that you run into some kernel size
limit. Where does load-base point to ? 

Friendly,

Sven Luther



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