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how to install LINUX on a SUN SPARC 1+

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Hello,

I am trying to install redhat LINUX 4.2 for SPARC
on a SUN Sparc 1+ (16MB RAM, ROM Rev. 1.3).

The hard disks of the sparc have been deleted so
I must boot from a floppy. Therefore I have made
a LINUX boot floppy (via the DOS-utility rawrite).

I power up the sparc, press "stop" + "a" and enter
the new command mode. There I type in "boot floppy".
I have been told that SILO should appear, but instead
the sparc writes

Booting from: sd(0,0,0)floppy
root on sd0a fstype 4.2
Boot: lookuppn failed: No such file or directory (errno 2)
copen: bad vn_open
boot failed
root on sd0a fstype 4.2
Boot:

when I then type in "boot" the SUN starts booting
Size: 92512+17808+99664
root filesystem type ( 4.2 nfs ):

I press return and the sparc says

root device (...):

I type in "fd0"

then the sparc starts the floppy drive and writes

bdev_badop
Boot:

What am I doing wrong?
 
Wolfgang
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You're going to hate my answer, but you most likely have
a bum boot floppy.  There is an _excellent_ article in the
October issue of Linux Journal regarding installing Linux
on a Sparc.  They say the Sparc 1 & Sparc 1+ are probably
the _least_ desirable machines to install Linux on, but they
do work.

If a new boot floppy doesn't do it for you, you ought to try
tftp booting across the network - thats how I did it on my
Sparc 5 and it worked perfectly.  If you decide to go that
route, I'll be glad to give you the particulars.

Good luck!
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meanwhile I have found out that the problem is
"boot floppy". If I enter "boot fd()" it works
fine. Seems to be a problem of the PROM version.

But now I have discovered another problem:
I am trying to install LINUX via FTP. The
FTP server is installed on a Windows NT machine.
Now the sparc starts requesting the files, what
works fine for the first files. But some seconds later
it requests file with large filenames. Accoring to
the NT workstation however all filenames on the CD
have the format 8+3. Therefore the installation stops
with "cannot find file xxxxxxxx on server".
I am not sure whether this is a problem of the NT
machine.
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