Re: Problems Installing Debian on a Sparc2
Off hand, try it. I could be wrong (very wrong) for I have not installed
Debian on a sparc WS 2 in this way before (I have only used the "all
floppies" and the "CD only" methods). This method of installation
(floppy and CD) is the "standard" for many PC installations (all Linux
distributions and not just Debian).
You might think about opening the box and attaching a hard drive (any
SCSI drive) in one SCSI channel (SCSI ID 3) and then putting the SCSI CD
in the other SCSI channel (SCSI ID 6) and then attempt to install (all
the other external devices removed. Off hand, they don't *seem* to be
the problem, but you can always add them later and simplicity is always
easier to work with.). This has worked for me, but I don't know all the
issues and hardware considerations you are facing.
Though Debian is my favorite Linux distribution (very small and stable.
No bloated nonsense like many other distributions) and this advice seems
very contradictory to this mailing list, but you may try another
distribution to rule out (or in) any hardware considerations. It can't
hurt. But at some point you will come back to Debian - they always come
You may also take a look at some documentation on OpenBoot (i.e. the
PROM). Remember, you inherited that machine, you don't know what the
person before you did.
I will be unsubscribing from this mailing list; too much E-mail. I am on
"Del Campo, Damian" wrote:
> If I have the CDs, ie all three of them, can't I use the rescue, root,
> driver1, driver2 floppies to get it to a stage where I can tell it to do the
> rest off of the CDs ????
> (I haven't really worked out any networking for this comp yet so downloading
> the base while installing doesn't sound promising.)
> Damian Del Campo
> Software Engineer, SAGRN Project
> E-mail Damian.DelCampo@team.telstra.com
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> > To: Ben Collins
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> > Subject: Re: Problems Installing Debian on a Sparc2
> > Ben Collins wrote:
> > >
> > > On Thu, Sep 20, 2001 at 07:29:03AM -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> > > >
> > > > Debian can be installed from floppies (14 of them I believe? You will
> > > > need the sun4cdm floppies + base floppies). Do this if all else fails
> > > > (here do a "boot floppy" at the OK prompt.)
> > > >
> > >
> > > Actually, you should just need rescue+root+drivers. The base2_2.tgz can
> > > be downloaded during the install.
> > >
> > Yes. I should have been more specific. You need the rescue.bin (sun4cdm
> > [for a Sparc WS 2]), driver-1.bin + driver-2.bin (again sun4cdm
> > versions) and the root.bin (base). Again, Ben is right, you don't really
> > need all the other floppies (base) if you have download access. All
> > floppies are available at any Debian Sparc download sites (as I'm sure
> > you know).
> > In US try:
> > http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/dists/potato/main/disks-sparc/current/
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