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Re: Getting Debian 2.0 to boot on ThinkPad 600

On Tue, 1 Sep 1998, James G. MacKinnon wrote:

> I have been trying to help a colleague install Debian 2.0 on his ThinkPad
> 600. Red Hat 5.0 previously installed fine. However, he has been unable to
> boot from either the standard Debian 2.0 rescue disk or the Tecra rescue
> disk. 

It's probably the common 'bzimage' problem.  You may want to contact
sen_ml@eccosys.com for the steps by which he got things to work.  In a
nutshell, you need to replace the linux file on the rescue disk with a
kernel built with zimage and not bzimage, and then execute the rdev.sh
shell script.

>From sen_ml@eccosys.com Tue Sep  1 10:39:34 1998
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 1998 14:03:58 +0900
From: sen_ml@eccosys.com
To: debian-user@lists.debian.org
Subject: some success on the thinkpad 770 ed front
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i now have a rescue disk that will boot for the thinkpad 770 ed :-)

thanks to: 

  Steve Hsieh
  George Bonser
  Greg Starkes
  Nathan Norman
  Brandon Mitchell

for your help and comments.  if i left anyone out, i apologize -- please
let me know. 

i haven't gone through the whole installation process yet, but to summarize
what was done so far:

  1) make a vanilla hamm rescue disk (i made mine from an image dated 

  2) make a zImage that includes:

     -initrd (initial ramdisk -- this option appears once you've selected
      ramdisk -- at least via make menuconfig)

     (making a zImage involves 'make zImage' in the appropriate kernel
     sources directory -- note: if you stick too much in your kernel, it
     might not fit on your rescue floppy -- zImage ended up in
     /usr/src/linux-2.0.34/arch/i386/boot/ for me, your mileage may vary.)

     note: it might be necessary to make sure you match the kernel version
     of your zImage w/ that of the rescue disk -- i don't know if this really
     matters -- any comments?

  3) copy the zImage to the rescue disk w/ the name 'linux' -- this overwrites
     the existing kernel image on the floppy. 

  4) w/ the rescue disk mounted, cd to the floppy's root (this will likely
     be /mnt or /floppy) and execute the rdev.sh shell script

note: these steps are outlined in the readme.txt file on the rescue disk
(as pointed out by Brandon Mitchell)

thanks again for all your help!


btw, as Greg Starkes pointed out, floppy=thinkpad does not seem to be

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