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Re: Booting from IDE

To: "Mark Salter" <msalter@redhat.com>
Subject: Re: Booting from IDE
From: Nitin <nitin.borle@broadcom.com>
Date: Thu, 06 Dec 2001 12:05:08 +0530
Cc: hartvige@mips.com, dant@mips.com, linux-mips@oss.sgi.com
References: <200112051510.QAA12575@copsun18.mips.com> <200112051531.fB5FV6N22409@deneb.localdomain>
Sender: owner-linux-mips@oss.sgi.com
Thanks Dan, Hartvig and Mark.

I could get the linux prompt according to the instruction given in the Install 
file Dan has suggested. I will update my Yamon and try auto booting also.

-Nitin

Mark Salter wrote:

> Another possibility is to replace YAMON with RedBoot.
>
> http://sources.redhat.com/redboot/
>
> RedBoot can load the kernel image directly from an ext2 filesystem
> on an IDE drive. You can also use it to put the kernel image and
> JFFS filesystem in flash for a diskless boot.
>
> --Mark
>
> >>>>> Hartvig Ekner writes:
>
> > If you feel lucky, you can also reserve space on your disk for the kernel -
> > either in a separate partition, or outside the area used by your current
> > partitions. The YAMON 02.02 or later can read the kernel directly from disk
> > and execute it.
>
> > I do this on my Malta board with one disk.
>
> > /Hartvig
>
> > Dan Temple writes:
> >>
> >> I guess you're installing as per:
> >>
> >> ftp://ftp/pub/linux/mips/installation/redhat7.1/INSTALL
> >>
> >> (If not, you might want to upgrade to that version).
> >>
> >> YAMON can't read the disk file system, so you have to TFTP the kernel to 
> >> memory from a remote filesystem, and then run it. The instructions are in 
> >> the above file under "Booting linux on the target".
> >>
> >> The latest version (2.02) of YAMON can read and write blocks from an IDE 
> >> device (not a filesystem) so you could install a CompactFlash card and use 
> >> that to store the kernel if you don't want to TFTP each time.
> >>
> >> There is also a $start environment variable if you want to auto-boot.
> >>
> >> /Dan
> >>
> >> Nitin wrote:
> >> >
> >> > Hi,
> >> > I have a very basic query. I have a MIPS Malta board. I attached a IDE
> >> > hard disk to it and installed linux as per the instructions. At the end
> >> > of the installation, system rebooted and control gone to the board
> >> > monitor program(Yamon). How can I get the linux prompt? Do I need to
> >> > write an application program which will read boot sector from hard disk,
> >> >
> >> > store it in memory and pass on control to that particular location?(If
> >> > yes, is such application already available?) Or is there a other way of
> >> > doing it.
> >> >
> >> > Thanks,
> >> > Nitin



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