Re: Help installing on and old SPARC 5
On Thu, 2 Nov 2000, graziano wrote:
> I'm trying to install debian on an old sparc 5. The HD is in need of at
> I get to the boot prompt. I tried the "s" option (for SCSI cdrom) and
> the kernel boot, but it cannot mount the root filesystem.
...[many posts discussing possible cdrom issues]...
> I'm fairly experienced with x86 debian installation, but this is my
> first sparc. Any suggestion on what to do?
Magic thing about sparcs: you can TFTP boot them without a cdrom or floppy --
you just need another running machine that will ARP/RARP. I use this to boot
all sparcs for installation (been doing it for a while now).
The initial instructions I followed to get it working (it's pretty
straightforward) I found in Hugo van der Kooij's (hope i got that right)
SPARCBook FAQ, on sunhelp.org.
You can install everything *everything* via TFTP. It's beautiful. Yet to see a
sparc with a dead NIC :)