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Old 09-07-2005, 04:47 AM   #1
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Debian on my HP712 unix workstation


Hi there! I have an HP712 unix workstation I think its an 80. It has a floppy drive but no CD-ROM. It currently has HP/UX 11 sitting on it which I really, really hate!! How do I go about installing Debian on it without a CD-ROM? Is there any chance I could install it by floppy and attach it to my network?

It would be really great to make this computer useful again!!
 
Old 09-07-2005, 05:44 AM   #2
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Hi,

There are a number of approaches you could try. I don't think you can get floppy images for debian sarge any more, it's all done by CD/DVD or over the network.

But one way would be to install an old woody version instead. The hppa files are here, you'll need root.bin and 32/images-1.44/rescue.bin:
http://fatboy.umng.edu.co/debian/dis...-hppa/current/

Then if you got that running and connected to the network you could update to sarge afterwards.

Or, you could try to install it over the network from an image on another machine -- here are some instructions for TFTP booting:
http://www.uk.debian.org/releases/st...h04s03.html.en

Lastly, there's a way of doing it using your existing HP/UX system. Basically, you repartition the disk to provide some space for the new OS, then install debootstrap in there and use it to build the debian system:
http://www.uk.debian.org/releases/st...apcs04.html.en

Sounds like an adventure whichever way you go about it!
 
Old 09-08-2005, 02:51 AM   #3
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Thanks for the help! I think using the old Woody version install and then upgrading to Sarge over the net sounds the best idea!

Could you tell me the steps of making the floppy disk(s)? I have access to Windows and Linux machines with floppy drives. Thanks!!
 
Old 09-08-2005, 04:23 AM   #4
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Hi Gaz,

You need to grab at least the two files root.bin and rescue.bin. You may need some drivers as well. There are fuller instructions below the file list on the download web page.

Make the boot floppies under linux using the dd command. Or there is a windows utility called rawrite I think. Here's more about boot floppies in the Debian documentation.

That manual gives this command (which needs to be executed as root or using sudo):

dd if=filename of=/dev/fd0 bs=1024 conv=sync ; sync

The last sync (after the semicolon) flushes the filesystem buffer, that's important for finishing off the write.

Good luck

Frank

Last edited by FrankP; 09-08-2005 at 04:24 AM.
 
  


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