Re: Daystar Genesis MP Quad 604e mac clone with debian
On Tue, 2006-10-17 at 00:14 +1000, Dana Sibera wrote:
> I've just come across one of these beasties - 4x180MHz 604e CPUs -
> and it's just not taking to the kernels supplied with debian very
> well. I've tried with bootx 1.2.2 using the kernels on the netinst cd
> - both 2.4 and 2.6 for PowerPC. 2.4 doesn't get to the first text
> screen but just locks up the machine, and 2.6 only gets the first
> text screen - without getting to the stage of showing a Penguin up
> top of the screen.
> It has 896MB RAM, a single internal SCSI drive and I've tried with
> both an ixmicro twinturbo 128 card, and a rage pro, but neither make
> a difference.
> Any clues on which way to turn now?
Weird.... We do have support for the 4 CPU card in there. I'm not sure
what is wrong at this point.
What precise kernel version have you tried ? Also, what graphics card
are you using in this machine ? Have you tried BootX option "no video
It might be useful to try to netboot from OF instead. Might be more
reliable, and using OF over a serial port will probably provide better
You can do that by setting up a bootp/tftp server (enable the bootp
option in dhcp for the former, and install tftpd for the later) and
doing "boot enet". With a little bit of luck it will work on your OF
version (it works on most oldworld machines), at least provided you use
the on-board ethernet.