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Old 01-12-2019, 03:21 AM   #1
MrWeedster
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Installation problems on IA64 (No Keyboard, Serial console not working)


Hi.

I'd like to give debian 7.0.11 a shot on my SGI Prism. Its an Itanium2 machine, hence i need to install IA64 debian. The latest supported release is 7.0.11, because the later dists dropped support.

My problem is that i can't get the keyboard working. KB/Mouse and HDDs are on a special IO card, SGIIOC4, and i think the module isn't loaded on boot, or even missing.

First question: How do i get the sgiioc4 module loaded with a boot parameter for the cdrom?

You see in the following output that i gave the command line the option "sgiioc4", but that doesnt do anything it seems.

I thought maybe i should give it a shot installing using the serial console, so i can give the following boot parameters:

Code:
install console=ttyS0,38400n8
I get output on the console, but it stops at some point, not showing anything more on the console. When i look at the screen attached to the prism, i get the welcome screen for the installation, but my serial console is standing still, and i have no chance to interact with the installation.

Serial output:

Code:
Uncompressing Linux... done
Loading file \initrd.gz...done
[    0.000000] Initializing cgroup subsys cpuset
[    0.000000] Initializing cgroup subsys cpu
[    0.000000] Linux version 3.2.0-4-itanium (debian-kernel@lists.debian.org) (gcc version 4.6.3 (Debian 4.6.3-14) ) #11
[    0.000000] EFI v1.10 by INTEL: SALsystab=0x3002a08df0 ACPI 2.0=0x3002a095e0 HCDP=0x39efeaf110
[    0.000000] booting generic kernel on platform sn2
[    0.000000] console [sn_sal0] enabled
[    0.000000] PCDP: v3 at 0x39efeaf110
[    0.000000] PCDP: VGA console
[    0.000000] ACPI: RSDP 0x0000003002A095E0 00024 (v02    SGI)
[    0.000000] ACPI: XSDT 0x0000003002A09620 00044 (v01 SGI    XSDTSN2  00010001 ?    00000001)
[    0.000000] ACPI: APIC 0x0000003002A09680 00044 (v01 SGI    APICSN2  00010001 ?    00000001)
[    0.000000] ACPI: SRAT 0x0000003002A096E0 00078 (v01 SGI    SRATSN2  00010001 ?    00000001)
[    0.000000] ACPI: SLIT 0x0000003002A09770 0002D (v01 SGI    SLITSN2  00010001 ?    00000001)
[    0.000000] ACPI: FACP 0x0000003002A09840 000F4 (v03 SGI    FACPSN2  00030001 ?    00000001)
[    0.000000] ACPI Warning: 32/64X length mismatch in Pm1aEventBlock: 32/0 (20110623/tbfadt-529)
[    0.000000] ACPI Warning: 32/64X length mismatch in Pm1aControlBlock: 16/0 (20110623/tbfadt-529)
[    0.000000] ACPI Warning: 32/64X length mismatch in PmTimerBlock: 32/0 (20110623/tbfadt-529)
[    0.000000] ACPI Warning: 32/64X length mismatch in Gpe0Block: 64/0 (20110623/tbfadt-529)
[    0.000000] ACPI Warning: Invalid length for Pm1aEventBlock: 0, using default 32 (20110623/tbfadt-610)
[    0.000000] ACPI Warning: Invalid length for Pm1aControlBlock: 0, using default 16 (20110623/tbfadt-610)
[    0.000000] ACPI Warning: Invalid length for PmTimerBlock: 0, using default 32 (20110623/tbfadt-610)
[    0.000000] ACPI: DSDT 0x0000003002A09800 00024 (v02 SGI    DSDTSN2  00020001 ?    00000001)
[    0.000000] ACPI: FACS 0x0000003002A097B0 00040
[    0.000000] ia64_native_iosapic_pcat_compat_init: Disabling PC-AT compatible 8259 interrupts
[    0.000000] ACPI: Local APIC address c0000000fee00000
[    0.000000] 2 CPUs available, 2 CPUs total
[    0.000000] Number of logical nodes in system = 1
[    0.000000] Number of memory chunks in system = 1
[    0.000000] SMP: Allowing 2 CPUs, 0 hotplug CPUs
[    0.000000] Initial ramdisk at: 0xe0000039edb33000 (9077124 bytes)
[    0.000000] SAL 3.2: SGI SN2 version 4.65
[    0.000000] SAL Platform features: ITC_Drift
[    0.000000] SAL: AP wakeup using external interrupt vector 0x12
[    0.000000] Increasing MCA rendezvous timeout from 20000 to 49000 milliseconds
[    0.000000] MCA related initialization done
[    0.000000] ACPI: RSDP 0x0000003002A095E0 00024 (v02    SGI)
[    0.000000] ACPI: XSDT 0x0000003002A09620 00044 (v01 SGI    XSDTSN2  00010001 ?    00000001)
[    0.000000] ACPI: APIC 0x0000003002A09680 00044 (v01 SGI    APICSN2  00010001 ?    00000001)
[    0.000000] ACPI: SRAT 0x0000003002A096E0 00078 (v01 SGI    SRATSN2  00010001 ?    00000001)
[    0.000000] ACPI: SLIT 0x0000003002A09770 0002D (v01 SGI    SLITSN2  00010001 ?    00000001)
[    0.000000] ACPI: FACP 0x0000003002A09840 000F4 (v03 SGI    FACPSN2  00030001 ?    00000001)
[    0.000000] ACPI Warning: 32/64X length mismatch in Pm1aEventBlock: 32/0 (20110623/tbfadt-529)
[    0.000000] ACPI Warning: 32/64X length mismatch in Pm1aControlBlock: 16/0 (20110623/tbfadt-529)
[    0.000000] ACPI Warning: 32/64X length mismatch in PmTimerBlock: 32/0 (20110623/tbfadt-529)
[    0.000000] ACPI Warning: 32/64X length mismatch in Gpe0Block: 64/0 (20110623/tbfadt-529)
[    0.000000] ACPI Warning: Invalid length for Pm1aEventBlock: 0, using default 32 (20110623/tbfadt-610)
[    0.000000] ACPI Warning: Invalid length for Pm1aControlBlock: 0, using default 16 (20110623/tbfadt-610)
[    0.000000] ACPI Warning: Invalid length for PmTimerBlock: 0, using default 32 (20110623/tbfadt-610)
[    0.000000] ACPI: DSDT 0x0000003002A09800 00024 (v02 SGI    DSDTSN2  00020001 ?    00000001)
[    0.000000] ACPI: FACS 0x0000003002A097B0 00040
[    0.000000] SGI SAL version 4.65
[    0.000000] Virtual mem_map starts at 0xa0007fffcd400000
[    0.000000] Zone PFN ranges:
[    0.000000]   DMA      0x00c00c00 -> 0x1000000000
[    0.000000]   Normal   empty
[    0.000000] Movable zone start PFN for each node
[    0.000000] early_node_map[6] active PFN ranges
[    0.000000]     0: 0x00c00c00 -> 0x00c7c000
[    0.000000]     0: 0x00d00000 -> 0x00d7bfff
[    0.000000]     0: 0x00e00000 -> 0x00e7b9ff
[    0.000000]     0: 0x00e7be00 -> 0x00e7bf56
[    0.000000]     0: 0x00e7bf65 -> 0x00e7bf84
[    0.000000]     0: 0x00e7bfa0 -> 0x00e7bfa9
[    0.000000] Built 1 zonelists in Node order, mobility grouping on.  Total pages: 1510590
[    0.000000] Policy zone: DMA
[    0.000000] Kernel command line: BOOT_IMAGE=atapi0:/linux  -- ro sgiioc4
[    0.000000] PID hash table entries: 4096 (order: 1, 32768 bytes)
[    0.000000] Memory: 24204320k/24289024k available (8397k code, 107424k reserved, 4649k data, 1280k init)
[    0.000000] Hierarchical RCU implementation.
[    0.000000]  CONFIG_RCU_FANOUT set to non-default value of 32
[    0.000000] NR_IRQS:1024
[    0.000000] ia64_native_iosapic_pcat_compat_init: Disabling PC-AT compatible 8259 interrupts
[    0.000000] ACPI: Local APIC address c0000000fee00000
[    0.000000] register_intr: No IOSAPIC for GSI 52
[    0.000000] Console: colour VGA+ 80x25
[    0.000000] console [tty0] enabled
salruntime_sn_intr_handler:  Invalid provider_call 3
salruntime_sn_intr_handler:  Invalid provider_call 3
salruntime_sn_intr_handler:  Invalid provider_call 3
salruntime_sn_intr_handler:  Invalid provider_call 3
At the point where it says "console [tty0] enabled", it shows the welcome screen on the screen of the prism.

So the second question is: How can i install using the serial console?


Debian 6.0.10 works and can be booted with keyboard and mouse support, but it fails at some point, saying the debian mirrors dont have any packages to download. I tried in the past to install 6.0.10, and then upgrade to 7.0.11. But that didn't boot anymore, and i gave up eventually.

If anything fails: What else can i try to get it installed?
 
  


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