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Getting Started ..... NOT

Subject: Getting Started ..... NOT
From: "Tony C. Wu" <>
Date: Fri, 13 Mar 1998 03:35:36 +0800 (CST)

After the 101st failure on getting sgi-linux to work on our poor SGI indy,
I decided to beg you guys for a clue. I used installer-0.10d and
root-be-0.03-cpio. I followed every step listed in the INSTALL that came
with installer-0.10d. 

1. ./mke2fs /dev/dsk/dks0d2s0                   ok
2. ./installer /dev/dsk/dks0d2s0                ok
3. MAKEDEV                                      ok
4. cpio root-be-0.03-cpio                       ok
5. exit                                         ok
6. ./e2fsck -fy /dev/dsk/dks0d2s0               fixed some errors, ok
7. gzip -d vmlinux-2.1.65.efs.gz /vmlinux       ok

>> boot vmlinux root=/dev/sdb1                  failed.

I tried every pre-compiled kernel that's in the pub/test dir of pub/test, but all failed.

2.1.65 gave: bus error
2.1.72 gave: blank screen
2.1.72_NOSL: put me in repair fs mode, but i can't change anything.
             It said it couldn't read superblock on /dev/sdb

Here's what hinv says about our indy.
---- HINV -------------------------------------------------------------
Iris Audio Processor: version A2 revision 4.1.0
1 100 MHZ IP22 Processor
FPU: MIPS R4600 Floating Point Coprocessor Revision: 2.0
CPU: MIPS R4600 Processor Chip Revision: 2.0
On-board serial ports: 2
On-board bi-directional parallel port
Data cache size: 16 Kbytes
Instruction cache size: 16 Kbytes
Main memory size: 64 Mbytes
Vino video: unit 0, revision 0, IndyCam not connected
Integral ISDN: Basic Rate Interface unit 0, revision 1.0
Integral Ethernet: ec0, version 1
Integral SCSI controller 0: Version WD33C93B, revision D
  Disk drive: unit 2 on SCSI controller 0
  Disk drive: unit 1 on SCSI controller 0
Graphics board: Indy 8-bit

Any help is appreciated.
Tony C. Wu 
System administrator            Email:
Dept. of Life Sciences          Voice: +886-3-574-2772
NTHU, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan            Fax: +886-3-571-5934

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