[rescue] Sparc OS Install over serial

John Bischoff biscjohn at locutus.isu.edu
Tue Jan 6 20:46:01 CST 2004

On Tue, 6 Jan 2004, Mark T. Valites wrote:

> I'm looking for a way to bootstrap and install any modern OS (preferably
> some flavor of linux) to a SS or Ultra class sparc, but only use the
> serial port - no floppy, cd, network, or hard disk to bootstrap from. My
> console does _not_ need to be on the serial port. Googling has only turned
> up ways of using the serial port as concole during install. I was hoping
> there's a way to pull this off from the prom - does anyone know if this is
> possible?

I haven't tried to actually attach anything to my SB100, but boot ttya
from PROM attempts to call on the serial A line.  Presumably you'd have to
do some host-fu to get tftp/bootp working over SLIP, but it LOOKS like
PROM will try.  What the hell, you can only try, but if I were you, I'd
closet myself with the target and a good null-modem host, verify it works,
then get a large quantity of your beverage of choice riding on it ;)

> -Mark

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