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Old 08-03-2004, 06:18 PM   #1
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HOw to install RedHat 9 or Mandrake on Sun Ultra 19 w/ SPARC Proccess

I am no longer new to linux, but I am new to Sun Ultra COmputers with the SPARC Process
I downloaded and burned the ISO's for RedHat 9 and Mandrake. I burned them to CDROM
WHen I boot up my Sun, I get a prompt and type "boot cdrom" the comptuer reboots and tries to start from the drom but then reports :

"Bad Magic Number in boot lable"
Can't Open disk lable package
Evaluating: boot cdrom

Can't Open Boot Device"

and then it goes back to a prompt.

Is this a hardware problem or a software problem?

If I am just using the wrong command, what do I need to do to make the computer start the install from the cd? (I looked at the cd on another computer, and I am confused. THe root directory on the cd only had one folder, Mandrake. That folder only had RMPS2 for a folder and in that are all the RPM"s. So do I have to tell the computer to look in that directory somehow?
Thank you for your help
Old 08-03-2004, 10:26 PM   #2
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Uhh.. RedHat 9 doesn't have a sparc revision as far as I am aware. Common linux distributions stopped supporting sparc mainstream quite awhile ago. Mandrake 7.1 comes to mind. Sun pissed them off somehow by citing patent violations or some shit. You may be able to find a modern compiled sparc distro on


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