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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2007 11:34 am    Post subject: Ultra 10 install problem Reply with quote


I have an install problem on an Ultra10. It may well be the same as Mrwkeichi's ...

The hardware is fine: a prior Debian installation works and all achievable obdiag tests passed.
I am working from ttyb. Like many, I do not have a suitable serial lead for ttya.

When the system boots to "Starting local ..." no prompt is displayed, though I can reset with the front switch.
Has someone forgotten to put a getty on ttyb (ttyS1, presumably) ?

During the boot, a large number of spaces are printed at one point, with 3 columns on the far right (on my emulated VT102 anyway). This is merely recorded as a mass of whitespace in the minicom capture included below.

This has been tried with and without a Sun keyboard and mouse attached.
As it happens, I also have a gargantuan Sun monitor. Trying the same with the default env (input-device=keyboard,output-device=screen) produces a similar behaviour.

At the "whitespace" point mentioned in (2) the cursor runs across and down the screen. A little bit of the boot information appears including "Console:Switching to mono PROM 80x34 " as in Mrwkeichi's post. The cursor continues to scoot across the screen then eventually stops. Activity on the cdrom continues - I expect a boot to "Starting local ..." is taking place - but the screen never changes and the keyboard is unresposive. Again, a hard reset from the front switch is possible.

Ideally, I could do with a quick workaround for this problem - say a week! If I bought a serial lead for ttya (DB25 male to DB9 female) would I be able to continue? I was going to buy a (MiniDIN8 to DB9 female) for another job anyhow.


This is my minicom.cap when using ttyb:

Sun Ultra 5/10 UPA/PCI (UltraSPARC-IIi 300MHz), Keyboard Present
OpenBoot 3.11, 640 MB memory installed, Serial #10511396.
Ethernet address 8:0:20:a0:64:24, Host ID: 80a06424.

Initializing Memory                                                                       Initiali
zing Memory                                                                       Initializing Mem
ory                                                                       Initializing Memory     
                                                                  Boot device: disk  File and args
SILO Version 1.4.9

Type  'go' to resume
ok printenv
Variable Name         Value                          Default Value

tpe-link-test?        true                           true
scsi-initiator-id     7                              7
keyboard-click?       false                          false
ttyb-rts-dtr-off      false                          false
ttyb-ignore-cd        true                           true
ttya-rts-dtr-off      false                          false
ttya-ignore-cd        true                           true
ttyb-mode             9600,8,n,1,-                   9600,8,n,1,-
ttya-mode             9600,8,n,1,-                   9600,8,n,1,-
pcia-probe-list       1,2,3,4                        1,2,3,4
pcib-probe-list       1,2,3                          1,2,3
mfg-mode              off                            off
diag-level            max                            max
#power-cycles         153
fcode-debug?          false                          false
output-device         ttyb                           screen
input-device          ttyb                           keyboard
More [<space>,<cr>,q,n,p,c] ?                               load-base             16384           
boot-command          boot                           boot
auto-boot?            true                           true
watchdog-reboot?      false                          false
diag-device           net                            net
boot-device           disk net                       disk net
local-mac-address?    false                          false
ansi-terminal?        true                           true
screen-#columns       80                             80
screen-#rows          34                             34
silent-mode?          false                          false
use-nvramrc?          false                          false
security-mode         none
security-#badlogins   0
oem-logo?             false                          false
oem-banner?           false                          false
More [<space>,<cr>,q,n,p,c] ?                               last-hardware-update 
diag-switch?          false                          false
ok boot cdrom
Resetting ...

Sun Ultra 5/10 UPA/PCI (UltraSPARC-IIi 300MHz), Keyboard Present
OpenBoot 3.11, 640 MB memory installed, Serial #10511396.
Ethernet address 8:0:20:a0:64:24, Host ID: 80a06424.

Initializing Memory                                                                       Initiali
zing Memory                                                                       Initializing Mem
ory                                                                       Initializing Memory     
                                                                  Rebooting with command: boot cdr
Boot device: /pci@1f,0/pci@1,1/ide@3/cdrom@2,0:f  File and args:
SILO Version 1.4.13

Welcome to the Gentoo/Linux SPARC64 InstallCD 2007.0

boot: 2620
Allocated 8 Megs of memory at 0x40000000 for kernel
Loaded kernel version 2.6.20
Loading initial ramdisk (859501 bytes at 0x20800000 phys, 0x40C00000 virt)...

Remapping the kernel... done.
bootmem_init: Scan pavail, choose_bootmap_pfn: kern[20000000:2046e000] avoid[20800000:208d2000]
choose_bootmap_pfn: Using 0 [0]
init_bootmem(min[0], bootmap[0], max[17fa3])
free_bootmem(pavail:0): base[0] size[18000000]
free_bootmem(pavail:1): base[20000000] size[fefe000]
free_bootmem(pavail:2): base[2ff00000] size[40000]
free_bootmem(pavail:3): base[2ff44000] size[2000]
reserve_bootmem(initrd): base[20800000] size[208d1d6d]
reserve_bootmem(kernel): base[20000000] size[46db28]
reserve_bootmem(bootmap): base[0] size[2ff8]
memory_present(0, 0, c000)
memory_present(0, 10000, 17f7f)
memory_present(0, 17f80, 17fa0)
memory_present(0, 17fa2, 17fa3)
Booting Linux...
mem_init: Calling free_all_bootmem().
                                        PROMLIB: Sun IEEE Boot Prom 'OBP 3.11.12 1998/05/19 11:30'
PROMLIB: Root node compatible:
Linux version 2.6.20-gentoo-r4 (root@bender) (gcc version 4.1.1 (Gentoo 4.1.1)) #1 SMP Fri Apr 20
06:24:27 UTC 2007
Ethernet address: 08:00:20:a0:64:24
PROM: Built device tree with 43936 bytes of memory.
Built 1 zonelists.  Total pages: 80479
Kernel command line: root=/dev/ram0 init=/linuxrc looptype=squashfs loop=/image.squashfs cdroot
PID hash table entries: 4096 (order: 12, 32768 bytes)
Console: colour dummy device 80x25
Dentry cache hash table entries: 131072 (order: 7, 1048576 bytes)
Inode-cache hash table entries: 65536 (order: 6, 524288 bytes)
Memory: 640328k available (2672k kernel code, 1120k data, 168k init) [fffff80000000000,000000002ff
Calibrating delay using timer specific routine.. 600.43 BogoMIPS (lpj=300218)
Mount-cache hash table entries: 512
CPU[0]: Caches D[sz(16384):line_sz(32)] I[sz(16384):line_sz(32)] E[sz(524288):line_sz(64)]
Using max_cache_size of 512KB
Brought up 1 CPUs
Total of 1 processors activated (600.43 BogoMIPS).
NET: Registered protocol family 16
PCI: Probing for controllers.
/pci@1f,0/pci@1,1: SABRE PCI Bus Module
/pci@1f,0/pci@1: SABRE PCI Bus Module
PCI0(PBMA): Bus running at 33MHz
PCI0(PBMB): Bus running at 33MHz
ebus0: [auxio] [power] [SUNW,pll] [se] [su] [su] [ecpp] [fdthree] [eeprom] [flashprom] [SUNW,CS423
power: Control reg at 1fff1724000 ... powerd running.
SCSI subsystem initialized
AUXIO: Found device at /pci@1f,0/pci@1,1/ebus@1/auxio@14,726000
/pci@1f,0/pci@1,1/ebus@1/eeprom@14,0: Clock regs at 000001fff1000000
NET: Registered protocol family 2
IP route cache hash table entries: 8192 (order: 3, 65536 bytes)
TCP established hash table entries: 32768 (order: 6, 524288 bytes)
TCP bind hash table entries: 16384 (order: 5, 262144 bytes)
TCP: Hash tables configured (established 32768 bind 16384)
TCP reno registered
checking if image is initramfs... it is
Freeing initrd memory: 839k freed
Total HugeTLB memory allocated, 0
squashfs: version 3.2 (2007/01/02) Phillip Lougher
io scheduler noop registered
io scheduler anticipatory registered (default)
io scheduler deadline registered
io scheduler cfq registered
Console: switching to mono PROM 80x34
rtc_init: no PC rtc found
Console: switching to colour frame buffer device 160x64
/SUNW,ffb@1e,0: FFB at 000001fc00000000, type 51, DAC revision 10
/pci@1f,0/pci@1,1/ebus@1/su@14,3083f8: Keyboard port at 1fff13083f8, irq 6
/pci@1f,0/pci@1,1/ebus@1/su@14,3062f8: Mouse port at 1fff13062f8, irq 7
f0061840: ttyS0 at MMIO 0x1fff1400000 (irq = 5) is a SAB82532 V3.2
Console: ttyS1 (SAB82532)
f0061840: ttyS1 at MMIO 0x1fff1400040 (irq = 5) is a SAB82532 V3.2
RAMDISK driver initialized: 16 RAM disks of 4096K size 1024 blocksize
loop: loaded (max 8 devices)
Uniform Multi-Platform E-IDE driver Revision: 7.00alpha2
ide: Assuming 33MHz system bus speed for PIO modes; override with idebus=xx
CMD646: IDE controller at PCI slot 0000:01:03.0
CMD646: chipset revision 3
CMD646: chipset revision 0x03, MultiWord DMA Force Limited
    ide0: BM-DMA at 0x1fe02c00020-0x1fe02c00027, BIOS settings: hda:pio, hdb:pio
    ide1: BM-DMA at 0x1fe02c00028-0x1fe02c0002f, BIOS settings: hdc:pio, hdd:pio
hda: ST34342A, ATA DISK drive
ide0 at 0x1fe02c00000-0x1fe02c00007,0x1fe02c0000a on irq 14
hdc: CRD-8240B, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROM drive
ide1 at 0x1fe02c00010-0x1fe02c00017,0x1fe02c0001a on irq 14 (shared with ide0)
hda: max request size: 128KiB
hda: 8404830 sectors (4303 MB), CHS=8894/15/63, (U)DMA
hda: cache flushes not supported
 hda: hda1 hda2 hda3 hda4
hdc: ATAPI 24X CD-ROM drive, 128kB Cache, DMA
Uniform CD-ROM driver Revision: 3.20
megasas: Mon Oct 02 11:21:32 PDT 2006
Fusion MPT base driver 3.04.03
Copyright (c) 1999-2007 LSI Logic Corporation
Fusion MPT SPI Host driver 3.04.03
Fusion MPT FC Host driver 3.04.03
Fusion MPT SAS Host driver 3.04.03
Fusion MPT misc device (ioctl) driver 3.04.03
mptctl: Registered with Fusion MPT base driver
mptctl: /dev/mptctl @ (major,minor=10,220)
rtc_sun_init: Registered Mostek RTC driver.
mice: PS/2 mouse device common for all mice
input: Sun Type 5 keyboard as /class/input/input0
input: Sun Mouse as /class/input/input1
NET: Registered protocol family 1
NET: Registered protocol family 17
>> Loading modules
>> Activating mdev
>> Making tmpfs for /newroot
>> Attempting to mount media:- /dev/hda
>> Attempting to mount media:- /dev/hda1
>> Attempting to mount media:- /dev/hda2
>> Attempting to mount media:- /dev/hda3
>> Attempting to mount media:- /dev/hda4
>> Attempting to mount media:- /dev/hdc
>> Media found on /dev/hdc
>> Determining root device...
>> Determining looptype ...
>> Mounting squashfs filesystem
>> Copying read-write image contents to tmpfs
>> No script found, skipping...
>> Booting (initramfs)..<B3><95><C9><CD><A5><BD><B9><81>2.86 booting

Gentoo Linux;
 Copyright 1999-2007 Gentoo Foundation; Distributed under the GPLv2

 * Mounting proc at /proc ...                                             [ ok ]
 * Mounting sysfs at /sys ...                                             [ ok ]
 * Mounting /dev for udev ...                                             [ ok ]
 * Seeding /dev with needed nodes ...                                     [ ok ]
 * Setting up proper hotplug agent ...
 *   Using netlink for hotplug events...
                                                                          [ ok ]
 * Starting udevd ...                                                     [ ok ]
 * Populating /dev with existing devices through uevents ...              [ ok ]
 * Letting udev process events ...                                        [ ok ]
 * Finalizing udev configuration ...                                      [ ok ]
 * Mounting devpts at /dev/pts ...                                        [ ok ]
 * Mounting local filesystems ...                                         [ ok ]
 * Mounting USB device filesystem (usbfs) ...                             [ ok ]
 * Activating (possible) swap ...                                         [ ok ]
 * Your TIMEZONE in /etc/conf.d/clock is still set to Factory!
 * Setting system clock using the hardware clock [UTC] ...                [ ok ]
 * Configuring kernel parameters ...                                      [ ok ]
 * Updating environment ...                                               [ ok ]
 * Cleaning /var/lock, /var/run ...                                       [ ok ]
 * Updating inittab ...                                                   [ ok ]
 * Caching service dependencies ...                                       [ ok ]
 * Setting hostname to livecd ...                                         [ ok ]
 * Starting lo
 *   Bringing up lo
                                                                          [ ok ]
 *   Adding routes
 * ...                                                    [ ok ]
 * Initializing random number generator ...                               [ ok ]
+<B9><D1><95><C9><A5><B9><9D><81>runlevel: 3
 * Starting syslog-ng ...                                                 [ ok ]
 * Hardware detection started ...
 * Detected 1 active UltraSparc IIi (Sabre) CPU(s) of 1 total
                                              [ ok ]
 * Not Loading APM Bios support ...
 * Not Loading ACPI support ...
 * Running hdparm on /dev/hda ...                                         [ ok ]
 * Running hdparm on /dev/hdc ...                                         [ ok ]
 * Mouse is Sun Mouse at /dev/input/mice ...
 * Caching service dependencies ...                                       [ ok ]
 * Starting gpm ...                                                       [ ok ]
 * Unpacking hotplug firmware ...                                         [ ok ]
 * Network device eth0 detected, DHCP broadcasting for IP ...
 * Soundcard:
              Sun|CS4231 EB2 DMA (PCI)
              driver = snd-sun-cs4231

 * VideoCard:   Sun|FFB2+ Vertical Creator 3D
 * Caching service dependencies ...                                       [ ok ]
 * Auto-scrambling root password for security ...                         [ ok ]
 * Starting local ...                                                     [ ok ]
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 2:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I successfully use the serial console via minicom on my U10's ttyS0 infrequently with a DB9-DB25 converter, some gender-benders, and a homebrew null-modem cable. So long as you get the pins right (and they're standard), it works just fine.

Here's my /etc/minicom/minirc.ultra10 in case it helps anything:

pr port             /dev/ttyS0
pu baudrate         9600
pu minit
pu mreset
pu mhangup
pu rtscts           No

I also get the large volume of whitespace and "columns" but IIRC it happens right at the beginning, and I recall guessing it was just trying to output the OEM logo graphic data... where it happens in your description doesn't appear to fit that theory, though. :\
Aaron Mavrinac (ezod)
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 3:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just did an Ultra 10 install of 2008.0 and saw similar issues. Printing all the spaces appears to be the way it clears the dumb console framebuffer. I also saw the switching console message. This appears to occur when it tries to switch to the kernel framebuffer support, rather than using the prom for console output. I have an ATI based graphics card I use in the system and it would hang at that same point. Something about my card is incompatible with the framebuffer code. Once I switched to another graphics card with no kernel framebuffer support it booted all the way up on the video console.

During the install, when configuring and building the kernel I turned off framebuffer support - otherwise the same thing would happen.

This may or may not be your exact problem, but it could be a clue.
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