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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2003 9:24 pm    Post subject: 1.4_rc4 SS2 cdrom serial not booting Reply with quote

Here is my bootup:

ok boot cdrom
Boot device: /sbus/esp@0,800000/sd@6,0:c File and args:
-- 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 and assign them
to the Sparc team.

Thank you for using Gentoo Linux!
boot: gentoo serial
Loading initial ramdisk....
bootmem_init: Scan sp_banks, init_bootmem(spfn[1fe],bpfn[1fe],mlpfn[2400])
free_bootmem: base[0] size[fef000]
free_bootmem: base[1000000] size[13c4000]
free_bootmem: base[23cb000] size[35000]
reserve_bootmem: base[300000] size[18bbb4]
reserve_bootmem: base[0] size[1fe000]
reserve_bootmem: base[1fe000] size[480]
Booting Linux...
mem_init: Calling free_all_bootmem().
PROMLIB: Sun Boot Prom Version 2 Revision 2
Linux version 2.4.20-up ( (gcc version 2.95.3 20010315 (r
elease)) #1 Mon May 19 07:43:58 EDT 2003
TYPE: Sun4c SparcStation 2
Ethernet address: 8:0:20:11:73:49
Loading sun4c MMU routines
Boot time fixup v1.6. 4/Mar/98 Jakub Jelinek ( Patching kerne
l for sun4c
SS2 cache bug detected, uncaching trap table page
On node 0 totalpages: 8285
zone(0): 9216 pages.
zone(1): 0 pages.
zone(2): 0 pages.
SUN4C: 62 mmu entries for the kernel
Kernel command line: root=/dev/ram0 init=/linuxrc serial
Calibrating delay loop... 39.83 BogoMIPS
Memory: 32692k available (1380k kernel code, 268k data, 132k init, 0k highmem) [
Dentry cache hash table entries: 4096 (order: 3, 32768 bytes)
Inode cache hash table entries: 2048 (order: 2, 16384 bytes)
Mount-cache hash table entries: 512 (order: 0, 4096 bytes)
Buffer-cache hash table entries: 1024 (order: 0, 4096 bytes)
Page-cache hash table entries: 8192 (order: 3, 32768 bytes)
POSIX conformance testing by UNIFIX
sbus0: Clock 20.0 MHz
dma0: Revision 1 PLUS
Sparc Zilog8530 serial driver version
Sun Mouse-Systems mouse driver version 1.00
tty00 at 0xffeeb004 (irq = 12) is a Zilog8530
tty01 at 0xffeeb000 (irq = 12) is a Zilog8530
tty02 at 0xffee9004 (irq = 12) is a Zilog8530
tty03 at 0xffee9000 (irq = 12) is a Zilog8530
keyboard: not present
Console: ttyS0 (Zilog8530)
Linux NET4.0 for Linux 2.4
Based upon Swansea University Computer Society NET3.039
Initializing RT netlink socket
Starting kswapd
Journalled Block Device driver loaded
devfs: v1.12c (20020818) Richard Gooch (
devfs: boot_options: 0x1
pty: 256 Unix98 ptys configured
Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M
FDC 0 is a pre-1991 82077
RAMDISK driver initialized: 16 RAM disks of 4096K size 1024 blocksize
sunlance.c:v2.01 08/Nov/01 Miguel de Icaza (
eth0: LANCE 08:00:20:11:73:49
SCSI subsystem driver Revision: 1.00
esp0: IRQ 3 SCSI ID 7 Clk 20MHz CCYC=50000 CCF=4 TOut 167 NCR53C90A(esp100a)
ESP: Total of 1 ESP hosts found, 1 actually in use.
scsi0 : Sparc ESP100A (NCR53C90A)
Vendor: SEAGATE Model: ST51080N Rev: 0958
Type: Direct-Access ANSI SCSI revision: 02
Vendor: PLEXTOR Model: CD-ROM PX-20TS Rev: 1.02
Type: CD-ROM ANSI SCSI revision: 02
Attached scsi disk sda at scsi0, channel 0, id 3, lun 0
esp0: target 3 [period 200ns offset 15 5.00MHz synchronous SCSI]
SCSI device sda: 2109840 512-byte hdwr sectors (1080 MB)
Partition check:
/dev/scsi/host0/bus0/target3/lun0: p1 p2 p3
Attached scsi CD-ROM sr0 at scsi0, channel 0, id 6, lun 0
esp0: target 6 asynchronous
sr0: scsi-1 drive
Uniform CD-ROM driver Revision: 3.12
md: md driver 0.90.0 MAX_MD_DEVS=256, MD_SB_DISKS=27
md: Autodetecting RAID arrays.
md: autorun ...
md: ... autorun DONE.
NET4: Linux TCP/IP 1.0 for NET4.0
IP Protocols: ICMP, UDP, TCP
IP: routing cache hash table of 512 buckets, 4Kbytes
TCP: Hash tables configured (established 2048 bind 2048)
NET4: Unix domain sockets 1.0/SMP for Linux NET4.0.
RAMDISK: Compressed image found at block 0
Freeing initrd memory: 1582k freed
VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem) readonly.
Mounted devfs on /dev
Freeing unused kernel memory: 132k freed
INIT: version 2.84 booting

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[ ok ]ing /proc...
[ ok ]ing devfsd...
[ ok ]ing tmpfs at /mnt/.init.d...
/sbin/ cannot duplicate fd -535722684 to fd 0: Bad file descriptor
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2003 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to reply to my own post, but I've reset the box several times and it seems like it gets through bootup to varying degrees. For example I just booted and it got to swap calculation (althought segfaulted and bus errored). I'm guessing this is a kernel issue on this arch :(
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2003 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, unfortunately sun4c support in the 2.4.x kernels is rather poor as it's not currently being well maintained. In this case, you might have to look for another Linux distribution or operating system to run on it.

Hopefully this will change when the 2.6.x kernels mature a little.
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