Some questions regarding - ppcbug booting

David Gardiner daveg at
Thu Mar 4 10:25:50 EST 2004

Hager, Johannes, HRD/AB wrote:

>I´m working on a similar project, but my problem is, that I can´t
>get the kernel, I´ve compiled, working. How do I have to compile the
>kernel/which options do I have to set, that it can be started with
>motorolas PPCBug? Which commands do I have to use to boot the Kernel
>with the PPCBug. Until now I used NBO, but I always got an error
>message! I am using the MVME3604 board.
>>-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
>>Von:	David Gardiner [SMTP:daveg at]
>>Gesendet am:	Mittwoch, 25. Februar 2004 00:25
>>Betreff:	ppcbug booting
>>I'm currently running Linux system (linuxppc_2_4 from monta vista,
>>thanks to all those who have worked on it) that comprises of a
>>motorolla mvme5100 that has a promise ide pmc with a compact flash and
>>was hoping to get the compact flash to hold the entire OS+kernel ...
>>At the moment the system can be booted via nfs / prep boot (if running
>>with a scsi disk) and bugboot. But what I was hoping to do was boot
>>of a kernel on the compact flash. My assumption is that using u-boot
>>to do this would be a heavy handed approach (please point out if I'm
>>wrong) and I haven't seen anything in my googling. Has anyone ever
>>tried anything like this? if not can I please get some pointers on the
>>best way to go about this.

Maybe a bit of broad question but I'll try to answer some bits,mainly
the ppcbug

To ppcbug boot, I use the bugboot kernel which when compiled is at:
it is just the normal kernel wrapped up with some extra bits, which is
done by a binary found in:

To get this onto the machine, in ppcbug I setup niot to tftpboot the
kernel image onto the machine, to the location specified by:
Boot File Load Address         =
which is done using:

I then pflash(which is basically a copy) this to a different location:
i.e. pflash from:(from+lgth) to

I then use ppcbug's env command to set it to rom boot the kernel,
the bits, I know you have to change are:
Network PReP-Boot Mode Enable [Y/N] = N
ROM Boot Enable [Y/N]            = Y?
and the address,
ROM Boot Direct Starting Address = ....
is the address that you pflashed the kernel to

ps: the addresses that I use have been left out purposly (as they might
not be right for your machine) and I would like to note it's pretty easy
to stuff up a machine using the ppcbug if you use the "wrong" addresses
(speaking from experience).

also take a look at Mat Porters, description which is at:

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