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Old 09-06-2006, 07:31 AM   #1
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Problems booting net-install ISO (150mb) on HP pa-risc machine


HI all,
If anyone has installed the hppa port i am having troubles getting to the install program on my hp 3700 workstation..

it boots up the PALO boot loader screen asking to confirm all the details.. i.e. root= initrd= console= etc etc...

the default that it picks is:

kernel=0/kernel (i changed to /kernel32 or 64 with no change)
root=/dev/ram
initrd=0/ramdisk
init/linuxrc

if i choose these options by pressing 'b' - the kernel boots just when it goes to load the system it starts spewing messages about. Modprobe Fatail: could not find /lib/modules/2.6.xxxxxxx/filename.ko

i hvae tried changing the root= option so as it pauses when it gets to the point where it wants a valid partition for root= and it pauses with the below.
ramdisk incomplete write (-28! = 32768)

Anyone else had this problem?

I am booting from IDE dvdrom
Firmware is at version.2

i cannot seemn to find any guides online which outline what to pick on this screen when booting from CD..
i am using the 'net-install' debian 3.1 - hppa CD (150mb) ISO..

THanks!!
 
Old 09-07-2006, 10:48 AM   #2
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Haven't done the Slackware port.

The one that HP has blessed is Debian. I've successfully installed Debian Woody and Sarge on an HP Visualize B180L.

If you don't get anwwhere with Slackware you might try Debian instead:
http://www.debian.org/ports/hppa/
 
Old 09-08-2006, 12:25 AM   #3
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Oh sorry for the misunderstanding - i am actually using the Debian Port.. v.3.1 i think =)

When you installed the Debian port did you pick the defauly options it presented on the PALO screen ?
Did you use the Net-install CD as well ?

Thanks!
 
Old 09-08-2006, 09:39 AM   #4
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It has been a while since I did the install.

I downloaded the complete set of Debian CDs.

I booted the HP and hit enter at the prompt:
"To discontinue, press any key within 10 seconds"

At the menu that appeared I type SEA(rch) to find bootable devices.

This indicated my CD drive was path P0.

I then typed PA(th) to see what it had and saw it had the CD as my ALT(ernate) boot path.

I then typed BO ALT (boot alternate) to boot from the CD and the install progressed from there.

This worked fine except that it wouldn't start X on the console. Since I ssh in from a Windows box running PuTTY I've not really delved into what it doesn't like about video on the console. It does text fine on the console so is there for reboots which is the only time I really need the console.

I originally did that with Woody (3.0 r1) and later with Sarge (3.1 r2). I don't recall having any issues getting it to install either of these but may be forgetting something.

As I recall you can just download the install CD then install the rest using aptitude or apt-get. I prefer to have the whole set for later reinstall which is why I downloaded everything instead of doing it that way.

A link that talks about PALO in reference to Linux is:
http://www.linuxselfhelp.com/HOWTO/P...O/booting.html

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