I'm glad to hear you got that 18gig drive working. I'm having problems with
4 gig Seagate Medalist in a Jensen. Posted on here before, but still
couldn't get it to
work after the advise i got. I was wondering what settings you have on the
scsi card, and the
drive itself? I mean in id, termination etc. Mine has scsi timeout errors
when trying to partition
it. Comes up fine in minlabel as a 4gig drive, but can't get any sort of
partitions onto it,
and i'm stuck with just a 1 gig drive for my os at the minute.
Thanks in advance,
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On
Behalf Of Luiz Emediato
Sent: 30 April 2001 16:20
Subject: Re: Hard Drive size on Jensen
Hi Sebastian, Jakub, Alexey, Will, Rene,
The RH6.2 CD is bootable but aboot version there is 0.5, that is, there is
no menu of commands. Anyway, I tried the following:
I used a Seagate Barracuda 4.3 GB disk to install Debian Linux
(sorry gentlemen for citing Debian here but I want RedHat in one disk and
Debian in another one, that is, they are my Linux favorites)) and, *GOOD
NEWS* !, after finishing Debian install I could *SUCCESSFULLY*
mount my Quantum Atlas V 18GB as a disk partition, that is, there is
no problem at all with 18GB disks on the Alpha-Jensen AHA-1742A scsi
controller. Notice that the 18GB Quantum Atlas V has 512 bytes/sector.
I previously low-level reformatted the 18GB Quantum disk and copied aboot0.7
in to it using minlabel and copyboot to prepare the disk for the RedHat6.2
install and, again, aboot reports dummy_bread()!
I would like to try now *SWRITEBOOT* to see if I can overcome this aboot
problem, but I need some help. I downloaded the aboot0.7 package from
AlphaLinux to my *RedHatPC*, which has several programs including swriteboot
to be compile, but I am not sure about the procedure to be used.
Unfortunatelly, my Seagate (Debian) disk just died yesterday, probably due
to the high temperature cause by a malfunctioning fan, and in the meantime
to get a new 4 GB disk I am wondering if I can
compile the package on my RH6.2PC and use swriteboot there to copy
bootlx to the 18GB Quantum for the RedHat 6.2 install (I have an Adaptec
ASC-29160N PCI board in the PC). What is the procedure to use swriteboot ? I
am looking for a good document. Any suggestions ?
By the way, I would like to try also *Jumpstart* , as mentioned by Will
Woods, but I have no clue about it. Where do I get Jumpstart
from ? Is it a Compaq/Digital product available somewhere ?
PS: I will prepare in the near future a document to report all the
procedures and problems I have been experiencing in both RedHat and Debian
>From: Sebastian Moeller <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Re: Hard Drive size on Jensen
>Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2001 22:51:26 +0200 (CEST)
>I got a little further. This is really something strange ion
>aboot. dummy_bread() is the function which tries to access the
>"initial-kernel". And it fails...
> This problem is way out of my league, so it is probably the best
>way to get the new aboot maintainer involved in this, alas he is going on
>vacation (have a nice time...).
> But I seem to remember, that back in aboot 0.5 days I had similar
>error messages with my 9GB drive. I did not really hunt that one, as I by
>chance found a working aboot for my drive. Close thereafter aboot 0.7
>apppaered which works just dandy on my drive. In fact the jensen17.img
>contains just the first 2880 blocks of this very disk. It is very likely
>that sectorsizes and cylinder sizes are different on your new drive.
> Is it possible for you to boot from cd-rom? If so it would be
>really interesting to see whether it helps to use fdisk to partition the
>disk and swriteboot to add an initial kernel (or a normal kernel
>somewhere reachable in the filesystem). (If this boots your kernel,
>then it is no real aboot issue but more a
> Sorry that I can't be of any real help
>Ahoi & good luck...
> Sebastian Moeller
>On Tue, 3 Apr 2001, Luiz Emediato wrote:
> > Hi Sebastian,
> > The error messages from aboot 0.7 are the following:
> > aboot: loading uncompressed a...
> > aboot: loading compressed a...
> > dummy_bread: read error
> This is from dummy.c, part of the fs-stuff in aboot.
> > aboot: segment 0, 2663848 bytes at 0xfffffc0000310000
> > unzip: attempted to read past eof
> > Image floppy with jensen17.img was created using the following
> > command:
> > dd if=jensen17.img of=/dev/fd0 bs=512 count=2880
> > whose file worked fine on the 4GB hard drive.
> > Concerning to the 18GB HD aboot problem, I notice that
> > after the above error messages are displayed, the hard drive
> > LED is ON ad nauseum, that is, it seems that the aboot is seeking for
> > something indefinitely.
> > When I use "q" to quit and try to return to aboot, SRM hangs probably
> > waiting for the hard drive to be available (HD LED is still ON).
> > Then I have to power-cycle the machine.
> Does the "halt-switch" on the case work in this situation?
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