LinuxPPC installation horror !!! / NCR53c875 problem ?
AR at aid-computers.de
Fri Apr 30 03:34:41 EST 1999
I spent about 12 hours this day trying to install LinuxPPC R4.1 (yes I
received the cd today morning after waiting WEEKS for the ordered R5) and I
am short b4 jumping out of the windows .... :-(((((
I have a system with a Motorola MTX 604 - 003a motherboard, this is prep,
has pci and scsi (with a ncr53c875 chip) and vga.
The first problem was that the prep.img on the cd. I made a nice
floppy-bootdisk from it with dd and - yeah, it booted !
But it seems that it did not find my scsi controler and devices (first I
thought it is only the cd-rom and tried to put the cd in an other machine
and tried to install over ftp but then I noticed that the disk could not be
found too), there is no message from the kernel mentioning anything with
Ok, no problem I thought, just get a newer installdisk. So I downloaded
-installer-2.2.0-990129 and had much problems getting it to boot from
somewhere because it was to big for a normal floppy (see other threads on
this list from today).
But finally I found two ways which allowd me to boot (the one was from a
dat tape, the other from a small partition on the disk partitioned in a x86
linux machine) - but both end with the same problem:
"ncr53c8xx: at PCI bus 0, device 12, function 0
ncr53c8xx: 53c875 detected
ncr53c875-0: rev=0x04, base=0x1fffe00, io_port=0xffffe00, irq=14
ncr53c875-0: NCR clock is 60056KHz, 60056KHz
ncr53c875-0: ID 7, Fast-20, Parity Checking
ncr53c875-0: on-chip RAM at 0x1ffe000
ncr53c875-0: restart (scsi reset)
ncr53c875-0: Downloading SCSI SCRIPTS.
scsi0 : ncr53c8xx - revision 3.1f
scsi : 1 host.
scsi : aborting command due to tomeout : pid 0, scsi0, channel0, id0, lun
0x00 00 00 00 00 00
ncr5c8xx_abort: pid=0 serial_number=1 serial_number_at_timeout=1"
and this was the end ... now only the reset switch works ....
Two things I think I should mention:
Linux detects a ncr53c875-0 but I can read "LSI Symbios tm 53c875J" on the
motherboards chip - is this correct ?
The other thing: last week I found a 2.0.33 kernel (just the zimage, no
installer) which booted this system and which FOUND the scsi disk and
The same behavior with a installer-image for R5 (I think it is for R5 but I
can't renember exactely where I got it), it has a 2.2.1 kernel and finds
the disk and cd, but I think because of differents between the R4.1 and R5
cd content it does not install anything (on console 2 (or 3 or 4 ? forgot
it) there is something like "no such file" ...)
Now - WHAT could I do !? It would be SOOOOOOOOOOO GREAT if I could use
linuxppc on this system but at the moment I see no more chance what I could
Any tips ?
Please help !!! Please !!! (b4 I start getting bad dreams from this)
Andreas Reeh (technischer Support)
AID Computers AG Tel: +49-2234-95310-19
Max-Planck-Strasse 22 Fax: +49-2234-56088
D-50858 Koeln (Marsdorf) Mail: ar at aid-computers.de
GERMANY Web: http://www.aid-computers.de/
[[ This message was sent via the linuxppc-dev mailing list. Replies are ]]
[[ not forced back to the list, so be sure to Cc linuxppc-dev if your ]]
[[ reply is of general interest. Please check http://lists.linuxppc.org/ ]]
[[ and http://www.linuxppc.org/ for useful information before posting. ]]
More information about the Linuxppc-dev