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Re: grub-install

From: Yoshinori K. Okuji
Subject: Re: grub-install
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2005 21:34:57 +0200
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On Tuesday 26 July 2005 20:41, Vincent Pelletier wrote:
> I'm afraid a stage 1 -like thing will be needed on usparc.

You are right. On SparcStation, the firmware loads only 512 bytes like PC as a 
boot sector. So you need to make boot.img separately. The difference is that 
there is no "safe place" in SparcStation, and you can choose a sector to be 
loaded in the firmware. You can get some information from the web site of 

> I have found 
> few docs about the actual implementation of the disk boot process on
> usparc, but it sounds like "load the second sector of disk, and run it"
> (the first sectors is filled with the partition table). I still have no
> success in making a bot floppy "by hand" (parted/fdisk + dd). I get a
> magic number error, while the crc in the partition table should be
> correct. I'll check that when I have more time, in 3~4 weeks.

Which model do you have? I hear that most UltraSparc models cannot boot from a 
floppy due to a bug in OpenBoot. Therefore, when I installed GNU/Linux into a 
UltraSparc machine, I used netboot.


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