[parisc-linux] HP 710 and miscellaneous questions ...

Brian Stewart pdksh@hotmail.com
Thu, 26 Apr 2001 16:57:06 -0400

You will find the HP710 is not going to work for you at this moment. The 710
has a ASP bus that has some problems with the interrupt controller (that is
the suspicion of the pa-risc linux group). I have been unsuccessful in
getting it to run. The network card stops working at boot and the scsi
driver will not detect any scsi devices.

I went one step further and created a large ramdisk (8-9 meg) and tried to
boot and run entirely in the ram disk. Init fails as soon as the kernel
passes control to it. I would recommend using mklinux for the time being,
there is a lot of interest in that machine but the documentation that is
needed to resolve the interrupt problem is not in the hands of the right
people. I would like to be optimistic and say in 6 months or so the pa-risc
linux gurus out there will have a fix.

basically you d/l a disk image and the usr.tar, var.tar files and dd the
image to a hard drive on a second machine.

I hope this helps

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jeremy C. Reed" <reed@reedmedia.net>
To: <parisc-linux@lists.parisc-linux.org>
Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2001 4:27 PM
Subject: [parisc-linux] HP 710 and miscellaneous questions ...

> I see "[t]his mailing list exists to serve the developers." Where is
> the appropriate forum to discuss basic usage?
> I have an HP 700 Series Apollo Model 710. As far as I can tell it has no
> usable operating system (no HPUX). I can turn it on and connect to a
> series of (CMOS?/BIOS?) prompts and menus via a serial cable. It does not
> have a CD drive. I do not have HPUX to do any cross-compiles. (I have
> installed a variety of flavours of BSD and Linux hundreds of times, but
> always on i386 architectures.)
> I want to use Linux (or BSD) on it. The PA-RISC webpages have links for
> documentation, but none appear to explain a basic install. Where is the
> documentation for installing Linux on a hard drive?
> The software page (http://www.parisc-linux.org/software/) says "nfsroot"
> is the easiest way; but the instructions say "you have to build on
> HP/UX."
> Is there simply a filesystem image (with kernel and userspace) that I can
> dd to a harddrive that I can then use to boot my HP 710)? If so, where is
> it? (And where is this documented?)
> Also, I see an ISO image at
> ftp://puffin.external.hp.com/pub/parisc/cd-images/; is there any
> (easy) way to convert this ISO image to an image that I can dd on to my
> hardrive (to use to boot)?
> Thanks,
>    Jeremy C. Reed
>    http://bsd.reedmedia.net/
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