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Re: Booting from IDE

To: (Dan Temple)
Subject: Re: Booting from IDE
From: Hartvig Ekner <>
Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2001 16:10:33 +0100 (MET)
Cc: (Nitin), (
In-reply-to: <> from "Dan Temple" at Dec 05, 2001 04:04:04 PM
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.


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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