SunBlade 100 and Linux (again)
by Juliet Kemp
This time the recalcitrant machine is a SunBlade 100. I had at some point in the past managed to get it as far as a Debian testing install, but then it wouldn't reboot (hung at various stages during the process). A correspondent who'd read the previous post suggested that I try appending
ide=nodmato the boot line (so in my case:
Linux ide=nodmaat the SILO prompt). Worked like a charm. Splendid.
Unfortunately, I then messed up my
/etc/silo.conftrying to add this to the boot line so it would Just Work rather than requiring manual intervention at boot. Messed it up so badly that it - once again - won't boot at all. (One of the morals of this story is: always run
/sbin/siloafter making changes to
/etc/silo.conf- something which I had firmly in mind back in the days when I used LILO, but which has slipped out of awareness with the ascendence of GRUB.)
Even worse: reinstall won't work either. Both Ubuntu and Debian etch get as far as the "Booting Linux" line and then hang silently (in either install or rescue mode). I've tried the various fixes on the previous post, but no dice. Any further suggestions gratefully received! It is a lovely big paperweight, mind.
Notes from my last post:
httrackwas just the wiki backup I required, after I told it to ignore all pages including the word Special (i.e. all metadata / change record pages) as there were just too many of them and I don't need them for emergency purposes.
httrack http://server.com/wiki/ -*Special*
does the job. Thanks to William for the comment!
I was able to install Ubuntu 6.10 in a SunBlade 1500, but only through serial console and after completing the installation process it wasn´t able to boot (same thing, "Booting Linux...") yes, I did tried ide=nodma...
|I had very good luck installing Ubuntu to a SunBlade 100. No quirks, no pain. I was pleasantly surprised.|
mt: see, I've tried Ubuntu & got the same "Booting Linux..." hang (it flashes briefly to black screen, but instead of kicking off the boot process, just goes back to the white SILO screen).
You need to run Ubuntu 6.06 LTS as 6.10 won't boot on my Sun Blade 100 either, but 6.06 worked fantastic as long as you used the ide=nodma during install CD boot as well as putting it in the Silo.conf and writing it to the boot sector. - I did have to install Solaris 10, wipe the disks and rebuild the Sun partition labels. Sun Blades require the special Sun partition to be the size of the entire disk. It doesn't actually take up space, but apparently, it's required for Solaris and Linux on the Sun Blades.
|Indeed I´ve installed Ubuntu 6.0.6 on the SunBlade 1500 I mentioned on the first post, no hassles at all.|
|You need to append 'video=atyfb:off' to the boot prompt. This is documented on the Debian errata page.|