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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2006 7:39 pm    Post subject: Install Problem on Openpower P710 [solved?] Reply with quote

I cannot get to the prompt trying to install on an IBM Openpower P710.

I tried 2005.1 and 2005.1-r1 PPC64 minimal install CD's, and it stops after "starting local", which has an OK next to it, so I think it finished that

I tried 2005.0 PPC64 minimal install CD, and it doesn't recognize the IDE CD drive, so it ends up having no root.

Can anyone help me?

P.S. In case it matters, I am using the serial console.

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2006 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moved from Installing Gentoo to Gentoo on PPC.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2006 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi andy,

man i just ordered a 710 so i could put gentoo on it and now seeing your post i'm on the edge of my seat hoping there's a solution! 8O do you know if the 710 uses openfirmware? i'm guessing it does. anyway i have a powerbook5,9 that wouldn't boot the livecd either and JoseJX told me the OF command to explicitly tell the machine where the boot file was. for his 32bit ppc livecd it's:

Code:
boot cd:\boot\ofboot.b


so maybe you could find the corresponding file on your cd and try a similar command at the openfirmware prompt.

good luck and let me know if you solve it!

pat

ps: i found this thread just now that may help:
https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-289591-highlight-openpower.html
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got it to boot by picking ibm-power5-hvsi - but I am not sure what hvsi is and why it worked and the others didn't.

<update> HVSI seems to be the virtual serial port, which I am still not sure why I need it since I am using the real serial port, but it worked, so that's all that matters.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2006 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The reason you need a virtual console even when connected to the real serial port is that this port is also used to manage the systems service processor (a processor that runs as soon as you plug in the power plug and controls various things). When your 710 is not booted and You've just plugged it into the A/C, this serial port gives you access to the ASMI (Advanced System Management Interface). When You boot your OS the serial port is then virtually linked to the OS. I could go on telling You about the features of these boxes but I won't here. Look at IBM DeveloperWorks for more info.

You can get a bit more info here: http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/library/l-pow-linuxdistros.html?ca=drs-
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2006 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BTW
HVSI = Host Virtual Serial Interface
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