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How to install Debian in RS6000?

Posted by pyuen22 on Fri 25 Aug 2006 at 10:23

From the server room, I found an old RS/6000 43P Model 150 installed with AIX 4.3 (i.e. it works.) I decided to give it a try to install a Debian powerpc version on it. But I ran into problems booting it.

Put the CD on. the 43P ignored the disc. Okay change the boot sequence.

Oh. RS/6000 is using firmware rather than bios ... so i follow the IBM suggestions that when the code E1F1 appears. I should press "F1" then the System Management Services (SMS) should come out and let me to choose the boot sequence.

However, the SMS did not appear. Googled and followed suggestions from other websites and pressed "F8" ... Still SMS did not appear. So I am stuck at here.

Can anybody could give me some suggestions? or a step by step guide for installing Debian on a RS/6000?

 

 


Re: How to install Debian in RS6000?
Posted by ajt (204.193.xx.xx) on Fri 25 Aug 2006 at 11:03
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We have a bunch of RS/6000 machines of various vinatges. Getting AIX* on to them is hard enough, getting Debian on could be a real challenge!

Depending on the terminal type, you may need to press the number 1, not F1 to get the menus to respond during the system boot.

According to my official IBM AIX5L for Unix Professionals Notebook, it's not actually clear what buttons to press. To get to the SMS firmware menu you should press F1 or 1, but then again you may need to press F4/4 or F5/5...

Good luck.

* AIX is fun, someone once described it as a wierd proprietary IBM "thing" with a very good POSIX compatability layer bolted on top.

--
"It's Not Magic, It's Work"
Adam

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Re: How to install Debian in RS6000?
Posted by pyuen22 (218.189.xx.xx) on Fri 25 Aug 2006 at 11:31
I found out that when i use monitor and the keyboard attached to the machine. The keyboard won't work until it starting to load the AIX X-Window. Then i swap to use the terminal and keyboard attached on it. Then pressing 1 does the magic ... only to the SMS menu.

Then still no luck on booting up the debian floppy or CD ... i decided to upgrade the firmware from TCP99XXX to TCP05287 ... Upgrade firmware successfully. But still not interest to boot the debian floppy or CD.

By checking the configuration on the SMS menu. It never say this machine has a Cdrom. But the boot device menu does say there is an integrated cdrom on it.

still investigating without clue ... anybody could help.

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Re: How to install Debian in RS6000?
Posted by dom (217.147.xx.xx) on Fri 25 Aug 2006 at 11:42
I managed this successfully several years ago on a 43P and documented a few bits and pieces at http://www.larted.org.uk/~dom/computing/rs6000/ . I expect it's a bit outdated now but might give you a few pointers still?

Cheers,

Dominic.

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Re: How to install Debian in RS6000?
Posted by Anonymous (80.60.xx.xx) on Fri 25 Aug 2006 at 12:49
You might want to try to do a "remote debian installation", maybe you can get debootstrap to work on AIX? Then you can setup a minimal debian env. on (for example) the swap partition. Reboot to that, and use debootstrap again to do a full install on the root?

Or is it impossible to install lilo/grub on that machine? (I've never used one)

Tomas

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Re: How to install Debian in RS6000?
Posted by pyuen22 (202.64.xx.xx) on Mon 28 Aug 2006 at 02:59

Tried Dominic's sysmanage.img

At the ok prompt i typed ...

0> boot floppy:,\linux root=/dev/fd0 load_ramdisk=1
ok
0>

then nothing happens. beware i am using a terminal, i reckon it should works under a monitor. Question is. How can i set to use monitor rather than using a terminal to enter the SMS menu? ... or i should see the debian installer come out from the terminal?

Thanks.

~Pat.

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Re: How to install Debian in RS6000?
Posted by Anonymous (82.131.xx.xx) on Wed 6 Sep 2006 at 16:06
You can find instructions on this site http://www.solinno.co.uk/7043-140/ .

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Re: How to install Debian in RS6000?
Posted by Anonymous (128.174.xx.xx) on Thu 14 Sep 2006 at 03:34
You might find my page about installing Debian on an B50 (AFAIK, basically a rackmountable 43p-150) useful. It took many hours of experimentation and pain...

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Re: How to install Debian in RS6000?
Posted by Anonymous (212.14.xx.xx) on Thu 14 Dec 2006 at 08:54
yep... press F5 or F6

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Re: How to install Debian in RS6000?
Posted by Anonymous (85.18.xx.xx) on Thu 1 Feb 2007 at 20:08
I did manage on a IBM pSeries 650 power4+ 7038-6M2 with Debian Etch v4.0 and a simple powerpc netinst image.

To enter the SMS menu, when you see the white screen "PowerPC", press some "1"s until you see the main menu.
Then, enter the boot sequence "7", then "1" as boot/install device
Now, choose the CDROM, - this is my hardware -, then SCSI, then "1" to catch the first cdrom device in the Open Firmware device list.

In few seconds you should boot you debian cdrom.

At the next prompt, I specified...

boot: expert64 video=matrox:vesa:0x117

... then you'll start the d-i setup :-)
Good luck !

..._

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Re: How to install Debian in RS6000?
Posted by Anonymous (74.5.xx.xx) on Fri 21 Nov 2008 at 13:36
http://lists.debian.org/debian-powerpc/2008/09/msg00080.html

The link above is instructions on how I installed Debian on my RS6000.

Very Easily! net install

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