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Re: [SOLVED] Take 3: sparc64 CDs work?

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On Wednesday 09 June 2004 20:20, Frederik Dannemare wrote:
> On Wednesday 09 June 2004 18:09, Patrick Finnegan wrote:
> > On Wednesday 09 June 2004 08:50, Frederik Dannemare wrote:
[ snip ]
> *********************************************************************
> Sun Ultra 5/10 UPA/PCI (UltraSPARC-IIi 333MHz), No Keyboard
> OpenBoot 3.15, 256 MB memory installed, Serial #10816948.
> Ethernet address 8:0:20:a5:d:b4, Host ID: 80a50db4.
> Initializing Memory
> Initializing Memory
>   Rebooting with command: boot cdrom
> Boot device: /pci@1f,0/pci@1,1/ide@3/cdrom@2,0:f  File and args:
> SILO Version 1.4.5
>                   Welcome to Debian GNU/Linux sarge!
> This is a Debian installation CDROM, built on 20040604.
> Keep it once you have installed your system, as you can boot from it
> to repair the system on your hard disk if that ever becomes
> necessary.
> WARNING: You should completely back up all of your hard disks before
>   proceeding. The installation procedure can completely and
> irreversibly erase them! If you haven't made backups yet, remove the
> rescue CD from the drive and press L1-A to get back to the OpenBoot
> prompt.
> Debian GNU/Linux comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY, to the extent
> permitted
> by applicable law.
> [ ENTER - Boot install ]   [ Type "rescue" - Boot into rescue mode ]
> boot: linux cdrom devfs=nomount ramdisk_size=8192 rootfstype=ext2
> root=/dev/hda1
> Allocated 8 Megs of memory at 0x40000000 for kernel
> Loaded kernel version 2.4.26
> Loading initial ramdisk (1865444 bytes at 0x0lx phys, 0x10C00000
> virt)...
> Remapping the kernel... done.
> Booting Linux...
> PROMLIB: Sun IEEE Boot Prom 3.15.2 1998/11/10 10:35
> Linux version 2.4.26-sparc64 (root@june.voxel.net) (gcc version 3.3.3
> (Debian 20040401)) #1 Sat Apr 24 01:43:10 EDT 2004
> Ethernet address: 08:00:20:a5:0d:b4
> initrd extends beyond end of memory (0x0000000020dc76e4 >
> 0x000000001ff14000)
> disabling initrd
[ snip ]

After having spent some time last week reading up on initrd, how to 
create my own, and then rebuilding the sarge-sparc-netinst.iso with a 
minimalistic initrd, I still wasn't able to get past the initrd issue.

I thought to myself that I was probably doing something wrong since 
working with initrd and building sparc isos is all new to me, so I just 
gave up after a dusin tries or so.

Then today (don't know why this idea came to me) I decided to open up 
the box and juggle around with the memory sticks. And voila! Moving the 
two sticks from DIMM3 and DIMM4 to DIMM1 and DIMM2 made the initrd 
issue go away (booted with default SILO parameters). Dunno why Sarge is 
picky, when Woody, Solaris, and some old SuSE is not.

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