On Mon, 28 Sep 1998, Mike Hill wrote:
> Many thanks to Alex deVries for the on-site service call and the loan of
> his hard drive to prove that SGI/Linux will boot on my hardware
> (R4600PC, 32 M RAM, 8-bit graphics). It was quite a thrill to see the
Please note that such service is available provided you can supply
transportation and dinner :)
> login prompt for the first time. At the same time Alex was treated
> first hand to some bizarre SGI/Linux behaviour that he's only been able
> to read about until now.
Okay, there are definite differences among Indy's. I thought they wer
pretty much all the same. There are two big differences between ours:
- 32 MB appears somehow just not to be enough to operate well. I don't
know where the memory is actuall ygoing, though.
- There must be two different screen resolutions, since the *exact* same
binaries that displayed beautifully on mine were chopped off on Mike's.
Is ther emore than one version of the newport?
> signal 11. Instead of partitioning the drive with fx or from within the
> installer, I reran the Linux-installer 0.2 procedure. After that, the
> Hard Hat installer continued into the package installation. Many
> packages (including bash) failed to install with the "script execution
> failure" message. This was also reported by Alexander Ehlert. The
> installer finished and I had a login prompt, but I couldn't log in.
> I'll download the testinstall-tree and continue with Alexander's
Okay. So there's a partitioning issue. I think we knew that.
The script execution thing is, i think, just because the CD you have isn't
quite the latest one.
> Kernel notes: I also get the truncated screen reported by Jan Chadima
> (and Leon Verrall?); it seems like at least ten lines scrolling out of
> view. When I can compile a kernel I'll try reducing the screen size in
This is strange. This means that different newport graphics cards have