Re: Error received Installing RedHat AXP150

Jim Paradis (
Thu, 21 Nov 1996 20:52:49 -0500 (EST)

> R.E: trying to Install RedHat4.0 off cdrom on an Alpha AXP
> 150.
> If I try to boot from cdrom (which is dka400) It checks the cdrom and
> it flickers for a while and then I get 84 FAIL.
> This 1MB Flash contains VERSION 1.0 DEC 2000 Model 300 AXP console
> code. Rom version 23d -- any of that help

You should be running firmware version 1.7

> If I do the Jensen how-to way;
> Using the vmlinux.gz image and a ramdisk (no psuedo) I do a boot
> -fl "i" dka0 and make it to the aboot prompt. I do a 0/a
> root=/dev/fd0 load_ramdisk=1 and It boots up and I get the menu.
> I sleect install, I select sda, It says I have not partitioned
> swap ( I dont know how to do that, advanced setting required) but
> I can still continue. I select local-cdrom, it flashes a bit and
> then say header file not found.

If you read the jensen how-to, you'd realize that you need to partition
your disk(s) first by using the standalone MINLABEL.EXE utility from
the ARC console. You also have to specify one of your partitions as a swap

> Using jensen.gz image and ramdisk I do a boot -fl "i" dka0 and
> make it to the bootprompt (aboot), same as above and It hangs.

Aside from making sure you're using version 1.7 of the firmware,
there is also the problem that the aboot on the CD has a problem
reading the jensen.gz image. You may need my custom CD. If your
problems persist, send me your shipping address and I will send
you a copy.

Jim Paradis (        "It's not procrastination, 
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(508)952-4047				       Workload Management System!"

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