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Re: Stuck loading Potato on a SPARCstation 1

On Thu, Aug 31, 2000 at 03:13:59AM -0400, Brown, Rodney wrote:
> SPARCstation 1, Type-4 Keyboard
> Rom Rev. 1.3, 16 MB Memory install, ...
> NO floppy drive.
> SPARC Potato CD-ROMs where supplied by a local vendor.
> Was able to boot linux from the Potato CD-ROM OK,
> (unlike SLINK which loops resetting the esp SCSI controller).
> The SILO prompt gives capital letters for the boot versions
> whereas the responses (I, S, ..) need to be lowercase.
> Anyway, booting with 's' for a SCSI system, brings up the kernel
> OK and dies with 'no init' - which is correct, there is no init
> binary on the default CD-ROM partition, nor is there a /bin/sh.
> Attempting to boot with
> boot: linux
> initrd=/dists/potato/main/disks-sparc/current/images-1.44/root.bin
> Loading initial ramdisk....
> Memory error during DMA transfer.
> DMA control register=80000302, DMA address=1000004
> I tried booting with root=/dev/scd0?
> so stepping through the CD-ROM partitions, most gave no-init though
> /dev/scd0b gave a Watchdog reset, Illegal instruction.
> Do I have a CD-ROM that is incorrectly set up? Suggestions for  proceding
> further?

This is probably the first Debian 2.2 sparc CD set which was unbootable.
You have to get the 2.2_rev0_CDa set or boot via tftp as explained in the
installation instructions.

Christian Meder, email: meder@isr.uni-stuttgart.de
What's the railroad to me ?
I never go to see
Where it ends.
It fills a few hollows,
And makes banks for the swallows, 
It sets the sand a-blowing,
And the blackberries a-growing.
                      (Henry David Thoreau)

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