Re: Network boot of RS/6000 CHRP systems
On Tue, Mar 14, 2006 at 06:53:21PM +0100, Alexander Baldeck wrote:
> Sven Luther wrote:
> >On Tue, Mar 14, 2006 at 09:30:29AM -0800, Jason Self wrote:
> >>Perhaps it's the monitor? Have you tried using it with another machine?
> >>On 3/14/06, Maes, Roel <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> >>>Dear sir,
> >>>My company just bought a second hand IBM RS/6000 F50 server.
> >>>When i try to boot it, onfortunately, the screen remains blank.
> >>>I removed the VGA card, en installed an other one, but still, blank
> >>>(no input signal detected)
> >Please connect a serial cable, and try netbooting it through the serial
> >console (console=ttyS0,9600n8 usually), and post the result of the serial
> >if it doesn't work for you.
> >Sven Luther
> If your card is not supported, you may want to try passing:
IBM rs6k chrp boxes boot into vga text mode, so this shoulde be no issue.
> in the append line to the kernel. It should then use the already
> initialized screen from OpenFirmware.
> If your card has a DVI along with a regular DSUB15 VGA output, make sure
> that the machine does not detect the wrong output. This happend to me
> with a ATI Radeon 9200SE PCI MacEdition, my 43p Model 150 randomly chose
> one on boot time but never probed both properly.
The card in question is probably either a matrox or sis or something such
graphic card, or a special IBM not supported by X nor fbdev one.
> Another card that works, is a Rage128 PCI usually found in older B&W G3
> In any case, I second Sven's suggestion to use a serial console as it is
> probably the most reliable solution.