RE: CD Instalation / "not block device"
Thanks to everybody who helped => I finally got my system built.
I used the rescue and root floppies to boot the installation process and
then selected CDrom as install source and everything worked fine. If I boot
the install from CD it does the initial but can't configure or load any
packages because it can't mount the CDrom. Don't know why but with the
floppy start, I can install SCSI and any other modules whereas with the
CDrom boot it won't let me install any modules, hence it can't read the CD
But worked around it now so thanks all.
Damian Del Campo, B.Eng (Comp Sys - Hons)
Software Engineer, SAGRN Project
Phone 08 8401 7037 (Flinders St)
Fax 08 8231 1385
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andreas Behnert [SMTP:email@example.com]
> Sent: Sunday, 28 October 2001 5:03
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: CD Instalation / "not block device"
> "Del Campo, Damian" wrote:
> > Hi, I changed the CD drive in my SunSparc2 as I thought it may be the
> > of my installation woes. Funnily enough, I could boot to it and the base
> > installation was a sinch and was all from the CD.
> > However, after the base installation, when it rebooted and then came to
> > package installation it couldn't use the CDRom, it wouldn't mount the
> > saying that it was "not a block device".
> The SS2 (and AFAIK many other Sparcs) needs a CD drive that supports
> a blocksize of 512 byte. I do not know what blocksize is used by the
> Linux SCSI CD driver, may be 1024 oder 2048 or something like that,
> but if you want to boot from CD the "Open Boot PROM" expects a
> blocksize of 512 bytes. This is also the reason why bootdisks
> created with "dd of=/dev/fd0 if=image.bin bs=512" work and disks
> created with "... bs=1024" don't.
> I'm using a "Teac 532S" on my SS2 and I don't have any problems...
> > *The CDRom is actaully a burner, this shouldn't matter though should it?
> Hmm. If it's an old one or if it's a very cheap new one there could
> be all sorts of problems. Better get something that is known to
> work. I tested my "Teac 532S" with Open Boot PROM V2.4.1 and 2.9 ...
> > *Also, in the base installation, when it asks you do change the kernel
> > modules, should I have tried to install generic SCSI support if it could
> > already read my CDRom & hard drives. Well I did try but unsuccessfully.
> > Should I not try and install modules at all?
> If it can read your HD and CD there is no need to install a driver
> for it. And AFAIK every Sun box has a SCSI controller and the older
> ones don't have anything else but SCSI so the kernel on the Debian
> Sparc bootdisk should have SCSI support compiled in.
> Andreas Behnert
> To err is human; effective mayhem requires the root password :-)
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