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Re: Booting from IDE

To: Nitin <>
Subject: Re: Booting from IDE
From: Dan Temple <>
Date: Wed, 05 Dec 2001 16:04:04 +0100
Cc: "" <>
References: <>
I guess you're installing as per:


(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.


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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