Can't get my PC164 to boot

Dave Golden (
Mon, 25 Nov 96 17:02:25 -0500

I hate to post this, I know it's supposed to work, but it doesn't for me.

I have read the redhat docs, the milo docs, the aboot docs, and the FAQ,
but I can't get get to the point of loading the ramdisk into my pc164

Here's the config:

SRM firmware (4.5)
NCR 810 card (DEC KZPAA) ( I have done the same test with the SCSI removed)
Seagate SCSI hard drive
Mach 64 ISA video
keyboard, mouse
floppy drive (known good)

Latest milo from gatekeeper
pc164 image from the redhat 4.0 directory on

When I boot using milo,

(boot fd0:vmlinux.gz root=/dev/fd0 load_ramdisk=1 prompt_ramdisk=1)

the kernel is read from the floppy and
the last messages that appear on the screen are a bunch of BIOS32
errors saying that each slot wants too much memory space.

(bios32 WARNING: Slot 0, function 0, requests -2147483520B of contiguous
address space -- don't use sparse memory accesses on this device!!)

then it prints:

Console: 16 point font, 400 scans
Console: Colour VGA+ 80x25 1 virtual console (max 63)

Then nothing.

When I boot from the boot floppy (aboot), amongst the normal messages
I get:

floppy0: no floppy controllers found

and the system hangs after printing:

SCSI : 1 host.

I have also tried removing the SCSI card. This allows the aboot method
to get to the point of asking for the ramdisk, but nothing happens when
I insert the disk and press return.

Any ideas? Is it a bad idea to boot this board from the SRM firmware?




Dave Golden Invincible Technologies Corporation

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