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I am trying to install Debian on my AlphaServer and I cannot get past the kernel load. I am sure I am doing something wrong, can someone help?

When booting from CD (dka400), I have tried using the -flags 0 but I get some kind of paging error. Sometimes I get an aboot menu which gives me some options for booting. choice 'l' lists "preconfigured kernels" that are selected from my aboot.conf file, and I have been choosing '0' which is as follows...

0:boot/linux root=/dev/ram initrd=boot/root.bin

So here are my questions:
1 - Can I assume that "boot/linux" is correct since my CD has a directory called "boot" and it contains a file called "linux"? Why does my documentation on aboot show "0:3/vmlinux.gz root=/dev/sda3"?
2 - How do I know the "root" setting is correct? Should this point to the CD or to a harddrive?
3 - I assume "initrd" is some kind of initialization flag, but what does it do and how do I know that boot/root.bin is the right setting?
4 - I have 256m of memory, and have used the "mem=256m", but I still get the kernel paging error. Is this parameter a good idea?
5 - Some of my documentation shows "load_ramdisk=1", which I have also tried, but doesn't appear to make a difference. What is it's purpose, and should I use it?

Getting started with Linux has been extremely frustrating, I don't know how you all deal with it. If I cannot get this installed I will probably have to go back to M$. mad.gif

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Robert83
Hi,

I'm searching the net , and haven't found any real answer for you problem,

you might try reading this :
http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/alph.../install.en.txt


Sincerely
Robert B
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Thanks for trying. I have read that document, though I admit I did not understand all of it.

Is is possible there is a problem with my CD-ROM drive not 100% compatible? One time I saw an error that indicated something about "interleaving" was not supported?

Is there a better way to install Linux? I tried using a floppy but ended up with the same error.

Should I try a network install? I have a few windows computers connected on a Linksys hub. I guess I could config the IP info and give this a try?

Do I need to partition a drive, or can that wait until the OS is installed?

I just KNOW I am doing something wrong, but I don't know what. I wish I knew which questions to ask.

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Robert83
Hi

is this the error you get ?
(default pager): dropped <SOMETHING> because of previous paging
> error.

Sincerely
Robert B
Robert83
Hi,

try this when booting from floopy

boot fd0:/linux.gz root=/dev/fd0 load_ramdisk=1
should allow you to boot via floppies, note the "=1" at the end
of the line (at least it worked for me with potato r0 on a ARC
based machine (PC164).


Sincerely
Robert B
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I tried your suggestion, and replaced fd0 with dva0 (which I believe to be my floppy). So the command looked like this:

>>>boot dva0 -file /linux.gz -flags "root=/dev/dva0 load_ramdisk=1"

I could see the floppy drive whirring, but received numerous error messages such as:
CPU 0 booting

(boot dva0.0.0.1000.0 -file /linuz.gz -flags root=/dev/dva0)
IDE command not successfully terminated
ST0 = 40
Missing address mark
IDE command not successfully terminated
ST0 = 40
Missing address mark
IDE command not successfully terminated
ST0 = 40
Missing address mark
IDE bad sector encountered or read unsuccessful
block 0 of dva0.0.0.1000.0 is a valid boot block
reading 174 blocks from dva0.0.0.1000.0
bootstrap code read in
Building FRU table
FRU table size = 0x9e4
base = 1d8000, image_start = 0, image_bytes = 15c00
initializing HWRPB at 2000
initializing page table at ffd0000
initializing machine state
setting affinity to the primary CPU
jumping to bootstrap code
aboot: Linux/Alpha SRM bootloader version 0.10pre1
aboot: switching to OSF/1 PALcode version 1.22
aboot: booting from device 'DVA 0 1000 0 0 0 0 0'
IDE command not successfully terminated
ST0 = 40
Missing address mark
IDE command not successfully terminated
ST0 = 40
Missing address mark
IDE command not successfully terminated
ST0 = 40
Missing address mark
IDE bad sector encountered or read unsuccessful
aboot: no disklabel found.
aboot: loading compressed /linux.gz...
IDE command not successfully terminated
ST0 = 40
CRC error
IDE command not successfully terminated
ST0 = 40
CRC error
IDE command not successfully terminated
ST0 = 40
CRC error
IDE bad sector encountered or read unsuccessful
ext2_bread: read error
aboot: segment 0, 2898128 bytes at 0xfffffc0000310000

unzip: attempted to read past eof
aboot: loading uncompressed /linuz.gz...

...then I got the prompt for the aboot menu (I won't type this all out!)
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Never mind. I got my answers. Thanks!
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