Subject: Re: Installing 2.0.2 onto IBM 7248-100
To: Jochen Kunz <>
From: Andy Ruhl <>
List: port-prep
Date: 07/23/2005 20:22:27
On 7/23/05, Jochen Kunz <> wrote:
> On Sat, 23 Jul 2005 06:03:31 -0700
> Andy Ruhl <> wrote:
> > After I hit F2 during boot to change the boot sequence to floppy, I
> > tried booting sysinst.fs. The floppy drive read the disk for a while
> > but then the machine asked for the SMS disk so I assume that failed.
> Maybe your floppy disk is bad? Usually I need 10 disks to find one that
> works sometimes, the other nine have bad blocks all the time.

I finally got it to netboot, so I know that both generic.fs and
sysinst.fs can boot.

> > Can I use sysinst to install on this?
> Yes. (I think. ;-) )

My follow on question is, do these things boot off the hard disk on
their own? I read a post from 2002 telling me how I need to have a
partition of type 65 first, and then I can put NetBSD after that, and
so on. Is this required? This is what I did, but I'm still netbooting
the kernel at this point and just going through the prompts to get it
to boot from sd0a.

> > Also, are there instructions on how to boot from the built in network
> > adapter via netboot? Is it just a standard bootp thing?
> Maybe I shold write some HOWTO / FAQ for the port-prep web page.
> Netbooting is the usual bootp / DHCP and tftp game. The image that the
> machine expects is identical to a floppy image. I.e. set up dhcpd(8) to
> supply boot options to the machine and then give it sysinst.fs via
> tftpd(8).

It should be as easy as just adding prep in there with one of the
others which uses bootp. Although, I *did* set the network settings in
the firmware on mine, not sure if that made a difference or not, I
should try it.

New question:

I tried netbooting the GENERIC kernel that comes with the 2.0.2
distribution sets, and I watched it with ethereal. There is an error,
something about out of space? Can we only netboot certain sized
kernels on these? Problem was, it said this after maybe 40 blocks, and
the generic.fs is certainly larger than that...

If there is something I can read to get this thing to boot itself from
the hardware, I can take a crack at writing a short FAQ or boot guide
or something.


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