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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2005 2:35 am    Post subject: free indigo2 Reply with quote

yes, that's right, I'm fed up with it and I am not capable of installing gentoo on it. If anyone wants to pay the shipping, it's theirs. See the specs in my last post a little further down.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2005 2:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oops, I guess I forgot to save that post. 200MHz R4400 2MB cache, 64MB RAM no HD, but has the carrier and a 80-50 pin adaptor. Useless video. Includes a copy of irix 5.3. Not an impact. It's green and the case front is cracked.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2005 3:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where would you be shipping it from?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2005 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thebigslide: Given up already?

Unless you're somewhere in Australia, I think the cost of shipping would be astronomical for something the size/weight of an I2. (Then again... if you happen to be in Brisbane... shipping will be $0 + price of petrol).

Perhaps some of the others in the chatroom (irc.freenode.net #gentoo-mips) might be interested?

Failing that, pop in -- the others might be able to help you get it running.

Incidentally, what does hinv on the PROM monitor say? (When you switch it on, hit ESC to go into maintenance mode, then select 5 to get to the prompt)
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2005 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would be shipping from winnipeg.

The problem is that is wouldn't bootp. After doing setenv debug 1 it was able to tell me that it got an IP and started the transfer or the .img file, then died after the first couple of packets with 'unable to execute bootp()' and 'server sends ERROR packet' I can't figure out how to run in.tftpd without it daemonizing, so I don't know what it's output is like. I am able to bootp PCs just fine with the same config, tho.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2005 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If there is one major hurdle to installing on mips machines, especially the SGI class, it's getting netboot up and running effectively. First off, you're not using atftpd, which is good. Seems atftpd plays nice w/ Indy/I2, but does not with the O2's, which makes netbooting difficult there.

Since you're using in.tftpd already, you'll find that it's rather easy to setup. Goto the Gentoo User docs, and find the Sparc Netboot guide (Should be under Gentoo System documentation). Most of it is specific to Sparc hardware (the rarpd discussions and all), but find the section on configuring xinetd for in.tftpd, and follow that. That'll get you setup w/ in.tftpd running only when xinetd calls it, and it should solve your netboot problems (assuming you got the DHCP config correct).


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2005 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, I'll try that when I get home from work. I'm using the image from http://dev.gentoo.org/~kumba/mips/netboot

The command I was using in the prom is
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bootp(): root=/dev/ram0
Is that correct? When debugging, it says 'getting ; from server'

If I add the image name '/gentoo-r4k.img' before the root argument, it says 'getting /gentoo-r4k.img; from server' and then fails with the same errors.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2005 1:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ohh, did you run those commands to set the settings in /proc?

Code:
# echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_no_pmtu_disc
# echo "2048 32767" > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_local_port_range

-- http://www.longlandclan.hopto.org/~stuartl/gentoo/docs/index.php/gentoo-doc/en/handbook/handbook-mips.xml?part=1&chap=2#doc&chap=4

Also, if you want to see what in.tftpd is doing, in your /etc/conf.d/in.tftpd, put -vv in the INTFTPD_OPTS line. Mine looks something like this: INTFTPD_OPTS="-l -vv -s ${INTFTPD_PATH}"

Then you can watch it in the system logs: tail -f /var/log/everything/current

Also, try the debugging tips mentioned on the above guide. In particular, this may help:
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Code listing 10: Coaxing the SGI PROM to work

>> resetenv
>> unsetenv netaddr
>> unsetenv dlserver
>> init
>> bootp(): root=/dev/ram0

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2005 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you do give up on installing Gentoo, I'm dying to give it a try (trying out Gentoo on a Ultra 10 I bought at the moment - very cool).

I live in Toronto, if you decide to let it go let me know how much you think this would cost to ship/how much it weighs.

In any case good luck with the install :-).
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