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Old 12-19-2007, 07:56 AM   #1
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Transferring Debian CompactFlash from AwardBios to TinyBios


i have installed and configured a debian linux-installation on a hardware platform with VGA and IDE support on a compactflash card.
I also enabled the serial console so i can use it as server on an identical hardware platform, only without VGA and IDE.
When i run it on this machine it works fine.

I have 2 other platforms from the same developer with the same hardware, only one without VGA and IDE that i want to use as server and one with only VGA.
The platform with VGA and the platform i installed it on both work with AwardBios because they use VGA, the other platform uses TinyBios.

When i place the CompactFlash in the system with only VGA it works fine (AwardBios), but when i place it in the platform without VGA it gives some errors on the soundcard that isn't there (which should be no problem) and ethernet doesn't work. You can understand this is critical when i want to use it as a (LAMP)-server. So i am suspecting it has something to do with the different Bios they use.

All kernel drivers for ethernet are loaded and when i try 'ifup eth0' i get:
# ifup eth0
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sit0: unknown hardware address type 776
eth0: ERROR while getting interface flags: No such device
sit0: unknown hardware address type 776
Bind socket to interface: No such device
Failed to bring up eth0.

If this is a Bios problem, is there any way to edit the Debian/Linux kernel so it works properly without VGA?
Or is this no Bios/VGA problem?

Anyone got any ideas?
Old 12-19-2007, 06:59 PM   #2
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Too inexperienced to help other than to say I have found my tiny (1999 P3) very difficult to configure compared to my other, an AMD 1998 266. I now have a Debian Lenny working well but only just & still a few bugs. Lots of removal of redundant software & rebooting, I mention this because I lost ethernet temporarily confirmed eth0 was working & also have phantom soundcard issues.


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