[rescue] installing U2 without CDROM - help please!

bitrot bitrot at apshai.com
Wed Jun 15 11:33:29 CDT 2005

get a scsi cdrom bang it in for the install.  netbooting can be done
with lots of wasted time and pain.   i just installed netbsd on ipx
via floppy (floppy instals are getting to old to be supported)

On 15 Jun 2005, at 17:05, Steve Tremblett wrote:

> I'm currently trying to get ANY OS on a CD-less U2 I picked up but I'm
> having no end of frustration.
> I've gone through multiple diskless how-to's from Net/Open/FreeBSD but
> I have had no success.  The box successfully fetches the loader via
> tftp, but nothing else happens.  There is no other network traffic
> (checked with tcpdump), and the U2 console just hangs with no info.  I
> issue "boot net" and I see a hex number count up to "a000" as it loads
> the file but nothing else.  I've handed it loaders from all the BSDs
> and even tried to send it a kernel just to see what happened but
> nothing.  The server is a U10 running NetBSD.  Has anyone done this
> recently?  Are there some gotchas that aren't in the NetBSD diskless
> how-to?  (http://www.netbsd.org/Documentation/network/netboot/)
> I've also tried hooking up a SunCD4 from my Sparc 5.  The boot ROM
> recognizes the drive is present, but "test cdrom" and "boot cdrom"
> result in NO drive activity at all.  The test returns to the prompt
> immediately and the boot hangs and waits forever.  The drive is set to
> ID 6 and I tried with termination on and off.  Can anyone clarify if
> this drive will work in a U2?
> My eventual goal is to get FreeBSD on the U2 for the SMP support, but
> I need to figure out this diskless issue first.  I got my hands on a
> Sun PCI SCSI card for my U10 to install on a drive plucked from the U2
> but I'm saving that as a last resort.  I'm pretty green at all this so
> any and all help is appreciated! :)
> thanks,
> Steve
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