SLS+COMPAQ -- Unhappy To The Last?

SLS+COMPAQ -- Unhappy To The Last?

Post by Adrian J » Thu, 29 Apr 1993 18:41:11



CONFIGURATION:
        Compaq Deskpro 486/33M w/ 4MB RAM & 340MB hard drive
        Maynard 2000DAT 4mm tape drive w/ Maynard 16-bit SCSI controller card
          (chipset unknown)
        1 3.5" HD floppy drive
        1 5.25" HD floppy drive

PROBLEM DESCRIPTION:

I FTP'd SLS 1.01 from sunsite.unc.edu last Friday (4/23).  Boot up with the
a1 disk and get this:
===============================================================================
Console: colour EGA+ 80x50, 8 virtual consoles
Serial driver version 3.94 with no serial options enabled
tty00 at 0x03f8 (irq = 4) is a 16550A
tty01 at 0x02f8 (irq = 3) is a 16550A
lp_init: lp0 exists (0), using polling driver
scsi : 0 hosts.
scsi : detected 0 SCSI disks 0 tapes 0 CD-ROM drives total.
Memory: 1484k/4096k available (460k kernel code, 384k reserved, 1768k data)
Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M, fd1 is 1.2M
floppy: FDC version 0x90
Loopback device init

No ethernet device found.
Math coprocessor using exception 16 error reporting.
Partition check:
  hda: hda1
Ram disk: 1474560 bytes, starting at 0x1b6a00
Loading 1474560 bytes into ram disk
.................
done
VFS: Mounted root (minix filesystem).

INIT: version 2.0 booting
/proc on /proc type proc (defaults)
softland -> 192.0.2.129 (This IP address is for demo only.)
ioctl: Invalid argument
staring /etc/portmap
starting /etc/inetd
INIT: Entering runlevel: 4

Welcome to the SLS install/boot disk.  You may login now as "root".
To begin an installation, first use "mke2fs -c /dev/XXX SIZE where XXX
is the partition you wish to install.  Then type "doinstall /dev/XXX"
For example: to install to a 90 Meg partition /dev/hda2, you would type:

    mke2fs -c /dev/hda2 90000
    doinstall /dev/hda2

Type "install.info" for information on installation and partitioning.
softland login:
===============================================================================
Now, the tape drive was on all the while, so I figure that Linux couldn't
recognize it coz the controller card uses a different chipset.  (Anyone uses
this tape drive/card combo?  Any advice?)

So I log in as root and do:
===============================================================================
softland:/# fdisk
Using /dev/hda as default device!

Command (m for help): p

Disk /dev/hda: 16 heads, 63 sectors, 659 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 1008 * 512 bytes

   Device Boot  Begin   Start     End  Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1   *       1       1     658  331600+   6  DOS 16-bit >=32M
===============================================================================
So I say to myself: Why not convert it all to Linux?
===============================================================================
Command (m for help): t
Partition number (1-4): 1
Hex code (type L to list codes): 83
Changed system type of partition 1 to 83 (Linux Ext)

Command (m for help): p

Disk /dev/hda: 16 heads, 63 sectors, 659 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 1008 * 512 bytes

   Device Boot  Begin   Start     End  Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1   *       1       1     658  331600+   6  Linux Ext

Command (m for help): v
1070 unallocated sectors

Command (m for help): w
The partition table has been altered!
  hda: hda1
Syncing disks
Reboot your system to ensure partition table is updated
softland:/#
===============================================================================
At this point, I have to power-cycle, since /etc/halt does not exist on the
a1 disk, and my Compaq doesn't have a reset button.  8-(

After getting the standard bootup display and logging in as root:
===============================================================================
softland:/# mke2fs -c /dev/hda1 331600
mke2fs 0.2d, 93/03/30 for EXT2 FS 0.2c, 93/03/06
Block Log Size = 0
Fragment Log Size = 0
82984 inodes
331600 blocks
16580 blocks reserved for root
First data block=1 (1)
Block size=1024
41 block groups
8192 blocks per group
8192 fragments per group
2024 inodes per group
===============================================================================
The HD light comes on, stays on for about a minute or so, and then goes off.
No prompt, can't type anything --> system frozen.

Did I do anything wrong, or is this a bug or incompatibility?  (I know
Compaqs are * beasts, but I didn't expect them to be *this* *.)

HELP!  Please.  8-)

Thks in advance for any assist.  Email me your replies and I'll post a summary
at the appropriate juncture.

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SLS+COMPAQ -- Unhappy To The Last?

Post by Mike Bus » Fri, 30 Apr 1993 12:47:24



Quote:>The HD light comes on, stays on for about a minute or so, and then goes off.
>No prompt, can't type anything --> system frozen.
>Did I do anything wrong, or is this a bug or incompatibility?  (I know
>Compaqs are * beasts, but I didn't expect them to be *this* *.)

Would you care to elaborate?  We have run Linux on various flavors of Compaq
hardware out-of-the-box, so to speak, without one problem booting up or
recognizing devices.  I'll have to admit though, that SCSI controller you
mentioned is a new one on me.

>HELP!  Please.  8-)
>Thks in advance for any assist.  Email me your replies and I'll post a summary
>at the appropriate juncture.
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SLS+COMPAQ -- Unhappy To The Last?

Post by Adrian J » Sat, 01 May 1993 01:34:35



>Would you care to elaborate?  We have run Linux on various flavors of Compaq
>hardware out-of-the-box, so to speak, without one problem booting up or
>recognizing devices.  I'll have to admit though, that SCSI controller you
>mentioned is a new one on me.

All I know about the SCSI controller is that it's based on the
WD33C93A chip (this from looking at the card itself).  Anyone written
a driver for this?

And with regards to my problem, Damien Neil and Matt Welsh came up
with 3 suggestions:

(1) Create a swap partition (with 4MB RAM, you'll need it anyways).
(2) run mke2fs without the "-c" option
(3) delete the DOS partition with *DOS* fdisk instead of Linux fdisk.

Did all three, and it seems to work now.  Thks much, guys!

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