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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2003 10:52 pm    Post subject: Sparc Stage1 tarball burnt on an X86 Reply with quote

Ok-

I've got a Sparcstation 20 I picked up from work and want to install Gentoo on it. I've found tarballs for various stages (I want to try a stage1... probably will take awhile but still) but everything I find for stage1 or stage2 are tarballs... (ie: stage1-sparc-1.1a-r1.tgz) I have no clue how to burn that on my x86 PC (I'm runnin W2k, not Linux), the only ISO I found was from a stage3 tarball but I don't want to use that. Anyone provide some help? Thanks.
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2003 4:31 am    Post subject: Addendum... Reply with quote

I tried installing some ISO's I downloaded and this is the response I get back from the system:

With the gentoo-sparc-1.1a-r2.iso I get the following:

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Boot device: /iommu/sbus/espdma@f,400000/esp@f,800000/sd@6,0:d File and args:
SILO
-- Welcome to Gentoo SPARC Linux --
boot: ramdisk
Uncompressing image...
Loading initial ramdisk....
PROMLIB: obio_ranges 5
Booting Linux...
PROMLIB: Sun Boot Prom Version 3 Revision 2

::cut out majority of output:

RAMDISK: Compressed image found at block 0
devfs: v0.90e (20011203) Richard Gooch (rgooch@atnf.csiro.au)
devfs: boot_options: 0x0
EXT2-fs warning: checktime reached, running e2fsck is recommended
VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem).
Mounted devfs on /dev
serial console detected. Disabling virtual terminals.
init started: BusyBox v0.60.3-pre (2002.01.22-00:19+0000) multi-call binary
rcS[6]: Unimplemented SPARC system call 69
check_fb.sh[52]: Unimplemented SPARC system call 69
R


...and the system seems to lock here. When booting the gentoo-sparc-1.4_rc4.iso image I get:

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Boot device: /iommu/sbus/espdma@f,400000/esp@f,800000/sd@6,0:d File and args:
SILO
-- Welcome to Gentoo SPARC Linux --
-- Version 1.4 --

Boot options: gentoo and gentoo-smp

If you are using a serial console, please append serial to the end of your
boot option (e.g. "gentoo serial") for proper serial console support.

Please report any bugs you find to http://bugs.gentoo.org and assign them
to the Sparc team.

Thank you for using Gentoo Linux!
boot: gentoo serial
Loading initial ramdisk....
PROMLIB: obio_ranges 5
bootmem_init: Scan sp_banks, init_bootmem(spfn[1fe],bpfn[1fe],mlpfn[3000])
free_bootmem: base[0] size[1000000]
free_bootmem: base[2000000] size[1000000]
reserve_bootmem: base[14000000] size[18bbb4]


...and it hangs here. However, it takes a good 2-3 minutes to reach this point and the CD-ROM access light blinks on and off (not rapidly). I can't find any other ISO's to try and burn... Like I said, I'm not sure how to burn a tar file directly to a CD (remember I'm on W2k) so that's not an option for the moment. Any help at all would be *greatly* appreciated.
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2003 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heya ktulu1115

OK, as for the tar files, you don't really burn them like a CD image (ISO). Tar files are an archive (similar to zip) and are used to help build your system after you've booted from one of our ISO images.

As for your ISO problem I'm not entirely sure what's going on. Some things to check are

1) How much RAM do you have?
2) Do you know what processor is in the machine?
3) Do other sparc bootable CDs work?
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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2003 1:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok... I tried the 1.4 rc4 on my friend's Sparc 20 and it works beautifully... He's got 256mb ram (instead of 96 on mine) and some other minor things are different.

As for my system this is what I have:

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ok module-info
MBus : 50 MHz
SBus : 25 MHz
CPU#0 : 60 MHz SuperSPARC / SuperCache

ok banner
SPARCstation 20 (1 X 390Z55), No Keyboard
ROM Rev. 2.19, 96 MB memory installed, Serial #7549938.
Ethernet address 8:0:20:73:33:f2, Host ID: 727333f2.


No other ISO's I've tried work at all... Is there anything I am missing or overlooking?
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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2003 8:15 pm    Post subject: Got it working sorta Reply with quote

OK...

I got it working finally. I had either bad RAM or it wasn't inserted correctly, cause it works fine now. Ran into another problem though... :x

When following the sparc install instructions (http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/gentoo-sparc-install.xml) I can get all the way up to step 4, code listing 4.1. The problem is in the second line that says:

Quote:
chroot /mnt/root-\`uname -m\` bin/bash


That path doesn't seem to exist for me... There is a "boot" directory on the CD-ROM but not a root one.... I'm not entirely sure what those instructions do so I really can't proceed further. Again, I'm using the 1.4_rc4 ISO here.
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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2003 1:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can omit that particular line in the code segment. The document was written for the old 1.1a ISO image. Newer documentation for the 1.4_rc4 ISOs should be out soon..
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