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Stall on debian sparc installation with version 2.0.35

Greetings Debian Group,

Well... I was really feeling pretty good about myself here until this install process put me back
in my place again.   Sheeeesh.

I decided to can the RedHat 5.2 installation for the time being and opt for your Debian Sparc release.
I downloaded via ftp dated 12-08-99 version 2.0.35.

For the first time ever, and all by my lonesome I might add, I setup an evironment to do a rarp/tftp
boot and did so very successfully.

I managed to initiate the boot process from the SPARC 630MP to an Intel based S.U.S.E. installation.
It worked without a hitch........................ until.... that damn

Freeing unused kernel memory: 40k code, 4k data

message again.  The exact same point at which the RedHat 5.2 stalled as well.

To digress a bit.... I am attempting an install of linux on a SPARC 630MP with 64mb of RAM
and 4 CY605c processors.  I am also installing through the serial ttya console port as this machine has 
no keyboard nor video adapter.

The command line I entered at the ok prompt was:

"boot net console=ttya" 

I have also attempted other command lines suggested in the installation notes, all with the same
end result

It started up right off the bat and pulled the tftpboot image from the SUSE machine just slicker then
hell.  But then it stalled when it reached the line referenced above again.  Knowing that there are indeed
Sparc 4m/690's running on linux, this is the only shinning light at the end of the tunnel that keeps me 
pursuing this endeavor.  There are times however when I find myself wondering if that light just isn't
another @#$#$^^$&^%**%^ train coming at me.  :)

So.... now that I have eliminated RedHat and the CDROM as being potential culprits... any suggestions?
punt?  Go fishin?  

I have appended to this the captured output front the ttya console port as the boot process commenced 
in hopes that it will flash a brief moment of "I KNOW WHAT IT IS!!!!" in someone.

I have been succesfull at identifying a source for Solaris 2.5.1 if all else fails here.  I just really hate to go 
that route when I would much rather settle in on Linux across the board.

Also, can you think of any others I might forward this off to that could help?  That is, other succesful 
installers of a Sparc/linux marriage.

Look forward to hearing from any soul that can shine a glimmer of light on this subject.

Take care,


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  captured output from SPARC ttya console port

screen not found.
SPARCsystem 600MP Series (4 X CY605C), No Keyboard
ROM Rev. 2.5, 64 MB memory installed, Serial #4200294.
Ethernet address 8:0:20:10:b4:4f, Host ID: 71401766.

SBus slot f lebuffer dma le esp
SBus slot 0
SBus slot 1
SBus slot 2
SBus slot 3

Type  help  for more information
<#0> ok boot net Linux CONSOLE=ttya single

Boot device: /iommu/sbus/lebuffer@f,40000/le@f,60000   File and args: Linux CONS
OLE=ttya single
PROMLIB: obio_ranges 1
root child is ffd5df54
Found CPU 0 <node=ffd700b4,mid=8>
Found CPU 1 <node=ffd70280,mid=9>
Found CPU 2 <node=ffd7044c,mid=10>
Found CPU 3 <node=ffd70618,mid=11>

       $.`$ . ^F
       :R"+  t$$B
    ___#       $$$
    |  |       R$$k
   dd. | Linux  $!$
   ddd |  Sparc $9$F
 '!!!!!$       !!#!`
  !!!!!*     .!!!!!`
'!!!!!!!W..e$$!!!!!!`    2.0.35
 "~^^~         ^~~^

PROMLIB: Sun Boot Prom Version 3 Revision 2
TYPE: Sun4m SparcSystem600
Ethernet address: 8:0:20:10:b4:4f
SRMMU: Using VAC size of 65536 bytes, line size 32 bytes.
Found 4 CPU prom device tree node(s).
IOMMU: impl 0 vers 1 page table at f0380000 of size 262144 bytes
sbus0: Clock 20.0 MHz
dma0: ESC Revision 1
zs0: console I/O
Calibrating delay loop.. ok - 39.83 BogoMIPS
Memory: 61352k available (1028k kernel code, 2816k data) [f0000000,f4000000]
Swansea University Computer Society NET3.035 for Linux 2.0
NET3: Unix domain sockets 0.13 for Linux NET3.035.
Swansea University Computer Society TCP/IP for NET3.034
IP Protocols: IGMP, ICMP, UDP, TCP
VFS: Diskquotas version dquot_5.6.0 initialized
Linux version 2.0.35 (root@koenig) (gcc version #1 Mon Nov 16 11:00:30
CET 1998
Starting kswapd v
Sparc Zilog8530 serial driver version
tty00 at 0xffedd004 (irq = 44) is a Zilog8530
tty01 at 0xffedd000 (irq = 44) is a Zilog8530
tty02 at 0xffeda004 (irq = 44) is a Zilog8530
tty03 at 0xffeda000 (irq = 44) is a Zilog8530
keyboard: not present
Sun Mouse-Systems mouse driver version 1.00
Ramdisk driver initialized : 16 ramdisks of 4096K size
Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M
floppy0: no floppy controllers found
md driver 0.36.3 MAX_MD_DEV=4, MAX_REAL=8
linear personality registered
raid0 personality registered
esp0: IRQ 36 SCSI ID 7  Clock 25 MHz CCF=5 Time-Out 167 NCR53C9x(esp236) detected
ESP: Total of 1 ESP hosts found, 1 actually in use.
scsi0 : Sparc ESP236
scsi : 1 host.
  Vendor: SEAGATE   Model: ST41600N SUN1.3G  Rev: 0040
  Type:   Direct-Access                      ANSI SCSI revision: 02
Detected scsi disk sda at scsi0, channel 0, id 1, lun 0
  Vendor: SEAGATE   Model: ST1480   SUN0424  Rev: 5728
  Type:   Direct-Access                      ANSI SCSI revision: 02
Detected scsi disk sdb at scsi0, channel 0, id 3, lun 0
  Vendor: SEAGATE   Model: ST41600N SUN1.3G  Rev: 0080
  Type:   Direct-Access                      ANSI SCSI revision: 02
Detected scsi disk sdc at scsi0, channel 0, id 4, lun 0
  Vendor: SONY      Model: CD-ROM CDU-8012   Rev: 3.1e
  Type:   CD-ROM                             ANSI SCSI revision: 02
Detected scsi CD-ROM sr0 at scsi0, channel 0, id 6, lun 0
scsi : detected 1 SCSI cdrom 3 SCSI disks total.
esp0: target 1 [period 200ns offset 15 5.00MHz synchronous SCSI]
SCSI device sda: hdwr sector= 512 bytes. Sectors= 2676846 [1307 MB] [1.3 GB]
esp0: target 3 [period 200ns offset 15 5.00MHz synchronous SCSI]
SCSI device sdb: hdwr sector= 512 bytes. Sectors= 843284 [411 MB] [0.4 GB]
esp0: target 4 [period 200ns offset 15 5.00MHz synchronous SCSI]
SCSI device sdc: hdwr sector= 512 bytes. Sectors= 2676846 [1307 MB] [1.3 GB]
sunlance.c:v1.9 21/Aug/96 Miguel de Icaza (miguel@nuclecu.unam.mx)
eth0: LANCE 08:00:20:10:b4:4f
Partition check:
 sda: sda1 sda2 sda3 sda4 sda5 sda6 sda7 sda8
 sdb: sdb1 sdb2 sdb3 sdb4 sdb5 sdb6 sdb7 sdb8
 sdc: sdc1 sdc2 sdc3 sdc4 sdc5 sdc6 sdc7 sdc8
RAMDISK: Compressed image found at block 0
VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem).
Freeing unused kernel memory: 40k code, 4k data


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