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Old 06-01-2012
Error Debian SPARC

Anyone already tried to install Debian Sparc in a Sun V880 ?! I'm trying to and after I boot it with the CDROM the system starts to boot up and I don't see any errors message but it freezes after it detects the USB ports (There is nothing attached to it and I don't use it).

Here is a part of the code:

[   96.028817] Switching to clocksource stick
[   96.032988] NET: Registered protocol family 2
[   96.033332] IP route cache hash table entries: 524288 (order: 9, 4194304 byte                                             s)
[   96.038176] TCP established hash table entries: 524288 (order: 10, 8388608 by                                             tes)
[   96.069893] TCP bind hash table entries: 65536 (order: 6, 524288 bytes)
[   96.071905] TCP: Hash tables configured (established 524288 bind 65536)
[   96.071924] TCP reno registered
[   96.072205] NET: Registered protocol family 1
[   96.072508] Unpacking initramfs...
[   96.353741] Freeing initrd memory: 4361k freed
[   96.354350] power: Control reg at 7fc7e30002e
[   96.354718] chmc: UltraSPARC-III memory controller at /memory-controller@0,40                                             0000 [ACTIVE]
[   96.354768] chmc: UltraSPARC-III memory controller at /memory-controller@1,40                                             0000 [ACTIVE]
[   96.354815] chmc: UltraSPARC-III memory controller at /memory-controller@2,40                                             0000 [ACTIVE]
[   96.354861] chmc: UltraSPARC-III memory controller at /memory-controller@3,40                                             0000 [ACTIVE]
[   96.354906] chmc: UltraSPARC-III memory controller at /memory-controller@4,40                                             0000 [ACTIVE]
[   96.354951] chmc: UltraSPARC-III memory controller at /memory-controller@5,40                                             0000 [ACTIVE]
[   96.354996] chmc: UltraSPARC-III memory controller at /memory-controller@6,40                                             0000 [ACTIVE]
[   96.355039] chmc: UltraSPARC-III memory controller at /memory-controller@7,40                                             0000 [ACTIVE]
[   96.355350] audit: initializing netlink socket (disabled)
[   96.355406] type=2000 audit(0.528:1): initialized
[   96.365747] HugeTLB registered 4 MB page size, pre-allocated 0 pages
[   96.370712] VFS: Disk quotas dquot_6.5.2
[   96.370922] Dquot-cache hash table entries: 1024 (order 0, 8192 bytes)
[   96.371168] msgmni has been set to 32768
[   96.371786] alg: No test for stdrng (krng)
[   96.371958] Block layer SCSI generic (bsg) driver version 0.4 loaded (major 2                                             53)
[   96.371987] io scheduler noop registered
[   96.372002] io scheduler anticipatory registered
[   96.372018] io scheduler deadline registered
[   96.372232] io scheduler cfq registered (default)
[   96.376456] [drm] Initialized drm 1.1.0 20060810
[   96.377289] f00cf9bc: ttyS0 at MMIO 0x7fc7e3062f8 (irq = 16) is a 16550A
[   96.377463] f00d12bc: ttyS1 at MMIO 0x7fc7e3083f8 (irq = 17) is a 16550A
[   96.377849] f00d2bbc: ttyS2 at MMIO 0x7fc7e400000 (irq = 18) is a SAB82532 V3                                             .2
[   96.377878] Console: ttyS2 (SAB82532)
[  109.128626] console [ttyS0] enabled
[  109.170197] f00d2bbc: ttyS3 at MMIO 0x7fc7e400040 (irq = 18) is a SAB82532 V3                                             .2
[  109.257878] Uniform Multi-Platform E-IDE driver
[  109.311849] ide-gd driver 1.18
[  109.348545] mice: PS/2 mouse device common for all mice
[  109.411096] rtc_cmos rtc_cmos: rtc core: registered rtc_cmos as rtc0
[  109.486804] rtc0: no alarms, 114 bytes nvram
[  109.538848] TCP cubic registered
[  109.577005] NET: Registered protocol family 10
[  109.631743] Mobile IPv6
[  109.659908] NET: Registered protocol family 17
[  109.713268] registered taskstats version 1
[  109.762247] rtc_cmos rtc_cmos: setting system clock to 2012-06-01 18:03:49 UT                                             C (1338573829)
z[  110.270064] SCSI subsystem initializednitor service
[  110.320738] sungem.c:v0.98 8/24/03 David S. Miller (
[  110.453672] usbcore: registered new interface driver usbfs
[  110.531414] sym0: <875> rev 0x4 at pci 0000:00:01.0 irq 5
[  110.597285] eth0: Sun GEM (PCI) 10/100/1000BaseT Ethernet 00:03:ba:0b:30:04
[  110.680285] usbcore: registered new interface driver hub
[  110.830744] sym0: No NVRAM, ID 7, Fast-20, SE, parity checking
[  110.902970] eth1: Sun GEM (PCI) 10/100/1000BaseT Ethernet 00:03:ba:0b:30:03
[  110.985384] eth1: Found Generic MII PHY
[  111.031892] usbcore: registered new device driver usb
[  111.101075] ehci_hcd: USB 2.0 'Enhanced' Host Controller (EHCI) Driver
[  111.185950] sym0: SCSI BUS has been reset.
[  111.233934] scsi0 : sym-2.2.3
[  111.313690] ohci_hcd: USB 1.1 'Open' Host Controller (OHCI) Driver
[  111.390908] ohci_hcd 0002:00:01.3: OHCI Host Controller
[  111.453108] ohci_hcd 0002:00:01.3: new USB bus registered, assigned bus numbe                                             r 1
[  111.541596] ohci_hcd 0002:00:01.3: irq 20, io mem 0x7fc01000000
[  111.668945] usb usb1: New USB device found, idVendor=1d6b, idProduct=0001
[  111.749264] usb usb1: New USB device strings: Mfr=3, Product=2, SerialNumber=                                             1
[  111.835723] usb usb1: Product: OHCI Host Controller
[  111.894046] usb usb1: Manufacturer: Linux 2.6.32-5-sparc64 ohci_hcd
[  111.969049] usb usb1: SerialNumber: 0002:00:01.3
[  112.025166] usb usb1: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
[  112.091896] hub 1-0:1.0: USB hub found
[  112.136114] hub 1-0:1.0: 4 ports detected

I'm using the Debian 6.0.2 SPARC so I believe that it's not a architecture problem. I'm running out of ideas Smilie

Any new ones?

Thanks in advance
# 2  
Old 06-01-2012
Are you sure it freezes, and hasn't just switched to a different terminal? Do the num-lock lights still respond?
# 3  
Old 06-01-2012
Now you got me. I'm connected using Putty through a Console session, I plugged a USB Keyboard and the num lock is ok. The server doesn't have a VGA or any other output video so the only way I can connect to the server is via console.

The server V880 have a console port, that I don't know the reason I can't use and the DB25 connection that is working perfectly so far.

The status know is, I'm sure the server didn't freeze, I think the session didn't move to anywhere else because there isn't another option and I'm steel in the same part of the installation problem.

Any other ideas?
# 4  
Old 06-01-2012
It's been a while since I've done this but I remember two things.

1. The install process likes the CDROM drive to be SCSI ID6 (I assume your CDROM is a SCSI device).
2. The install process didn't like too much memory on the system and sometimes needed a "mem=512m" switch on the boot line to limit the amount of memory the install kernel could see.

Either of the above could hang the install.
# 5  
Old 06-01-2012
It may just be a disc that expects VGA; most livecds/installers/etc wouldn't run terminals on every available serial port. But it obviously prints kernel stuff to the serial port -- maybe you can give the kernel init=/bin/bash or somesuch to run a console directly, which would presumably appear the same place the kernel output does.

Failing that, how hard would it be to add video to this machine, even just temporarily?
# 6  
Old 06-02-2012
It's also quite possible that the install routine is loading a driver that is incompatible with the V880 hardware. These Linux distros are prone to that kind of thing. For example, I know that to load Fedora on a V480 you must blacklist a couple of drivers (pata_cmd64x & cassini) on the boot line.

I've also read that the "nouveau" driver causes some issues on the V880.

Try booting with these drivers blacklisted:-

linux blacklist=pata_cmd64x blacklist=cassini blacklist=nouveau

and see what difference, if any, it makes.

I also suggest that you Google for keywords like

Debian 6 sparc V880 blacklist
Hope that helps.
# 7  
Old 06-04-2012
Thank you hicksd8 I will try that tomorrow, today I'm out of the office but I will Google it Smilie

Corona688, that is a option but that is not the option that I would like to use, I will try first the hicksd8 trick and if that fails I will search for a Video Card.

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