Installing on a SparcServer 1000E
I just got a hand-me-down SparcServer 1000E (sun4d) that I was trying to
install linux on. I can't seem to make it happen.
Every time I try to install (many different ways), I get an error that
pops me back out to the PROM, unless I try to net boot from the slink
2.1.1 tftpboot image. Then it claims that it is Loading Linux and appears
to hang forever. I can't even send a break to get to the PROM. I have to
power cycle it (the fact that I've done this would seem to imply that I
have no proof that it hangs ``forever'', but it would seem to.)
The other times, it gets to different points before telling me that there
has been an ``Illegal Access Exception'' or something like that (I'm
currently not in front of it, and it's busy hanging forever).
I see some implications in the mailing list archives that it has been
successfully installed on this architecture. Let me give you some
specifics. I think it has 4 CPUs (2 each on two boards), the I/O/CPU
boards on which they sit, and 288MB RAM. There was some sort of SBUS
fiber channel card attaching it to a sparc storage array, but I removed
it, thinking that it might be causing the problem. It didn't fix it, but
I didn't put it back.
I'd really appreciate it if anyone could help me out here. Solaris would
just be so boring to put on it.