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alex.blackbit
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2005 3:37 pm    Post subject: aboot trouble Reply with quote

hello everybody,

i am trying to get gentoo running on my alphapc 164lx

this is what i get when i try to boot with boot dqa0 -flags 0
Code:

initializing page table at fff0000
initializing machine state
setting affinity to the primary CPU
jumping to bootstrap code
aoobt: Linux/Alpha SRM bootloader version 1.0_pre20040408
aboot: switching to OSF/1 PALcode version 1.23
aboot: booting from device 'IDE 0 11 0 0 0 0 0'
aboot: valid disklabel found: 4 partitions.
ext2 sb read failed
aboot: mount of partition 4 failed
Welcome to aboot 1.0_pre20040408
Commands:
...
blablabla
...
aboot>


i configured my hdd like discribed in the gentoo/alpha installation handbook
when i run
Code:
fdisk /dev/hda
i get this:
Code:

Detected an OSF/1 disklabel on /dev/hda, entering disklabel mode.

BSD disklabel command (m for help): p

4 partitions:
#        start       end      size     fstype     [fsize  bsize  cpg]
  a:          3       125      123       swap
  b:       126   15320   15195       ext2
  c:           1   30515   30515    unused          0        0
  d:    15196   30514   15319       ext2

BSD disklabel command (m for help):

using cfdisk does not work. when i try i get the answer
Code:

Unknown partition tble type
Do you wish to start with a zero table [y/N] ?

i could imagine this is normal (???)
i want to boot from d:, this is IMO partition 4
there i have configured:
/etc/aboot.conf
Code:

0:4/vmlinux.gz ro root=/dev/hda4

i tried
Code:

swriteboot -v /dev/hda /boot/bootlx

what answers:
Code:

error: bootcode overlaps with partition #3. If you really want this, use -f3

so i did:
Code:

swriteboot -v -f3 /dev/hda /boot/bootlx

and i get
Code:

preserving boot partition 4
bootsize:173 sectors
bootsect:2
done!

and later i entered:
Code:

abootconf /dev/hda 4

with no answer

so, i looked at all this again and again,
i do not know whats wrong
hopefully someone here knows
thanks in advance and kind regards
alex
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2005 5:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i am not really sure why, but i definitly got it working
i created a little boot partition on the beginning of the hdd where only the kernel is
this way it works normally
could this be a bug that aboot cannot handle quite large partitions?
it is from 1996, so...
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