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From: Peter Petrakis (voodoo_at_alphadriven.org)
Date: Tue Nov 05 2002 - 11:16:09 CST
Having an SX system with AlphaBIOS preinstalled does NOT preclude
you from installing SRM.
Just upgrade your firmware. (no it's not v6.3, still 5.8)
Now for those who already use MILO you may be out of luck if you partioned
your disk DOS style and not BSD style. I thought aboot was updated to handle
dos partions though I have no idea since when or if it's included in RH's dist???
If you're starting from scratch, SRM is the way to go.
> Peter Watkinson wrote:
> > Hi folks,
> > I have a 21164SX based machine. Is it possible to install debian via FTP
> > using Milo? Or do I have to switch to SRM?
> > Where can I download the milo images from?
> > Thanks for any help?.
> > Kind regards,
> > Peter Watkinson
> > peter.watkinson1ntlworld.com
> Hi Peter!
> Although I don't have your machine, I DO have one that only offers
> Alphabios (no SRM), and thus have had to use MILO exclusively. I
> have done about a dozen sucessful "network" installs using MILO.
> The key is to install a working milo and get to the milo prompt
> then use the milo commands to boot the available "rescue" and "root"
> install floppy disks. This assumes you have a working floppy drive
> of course. In fact, I have found that creating a small FAT partition
> on the HD and placing MILO + Loadlin there has been quite convenient
> in doing the numerous recovery operations I have experienced during
> my experimentation!. You will need to do this anyway for the normal
> bootup into Linux. Any "working" MILO for your Alpha will work. I
> have found the latests MILO from Debian Woody, based on the 2.2.XX
> kernel worked excellantly for me. One side-note... I have NOT
> figured out how to use the milo commands to start the install off a
> CD yet. It "should" be possible, but I have not found it yet. You
> WILL need the "rescue" and "root" boot-floppies. If you do a
> network install, these are all you need, but is is nice to have the
> "drivers" disks available in case your NIC isn't one of the
> recognized ones on the boot-floppies and you have to install a
> special NIC driver to get network access. If your current NIC is
> OEM, this shouldn't be a problem.
> Of courese, I would KILL to have SRM available... <grin>. I gather you
> will have much more flex if you use it!
> Holler if you need further help.
> -Don Spoon-
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