Re: AC 3 install failures - AlphaStation 400 4/233 (Avanti); PWS500au
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On Sat, 2007-03-10 at 23:40 -0500, Ken Raeburn wrote: > AC3 came out just in time for me to be reinstalling a couple of the > test machines at work. > > Unlike the Debian (3.1r2) install CD, which seems to stop at starting > the kernel (though I don't have a serial line connected), the AC3 > install CD actually booted up on an old AlphaStation 400 and put > stuff on the screen. However, it's not quite what I was hoping to > see... after booting up, loading drivers, and letting it check CD 1 > and find it okay (or, in another attempt, skipping that step), I got: > > Running anaconda, the Alpha Core system installer - please wait... > Traceback (most recent call last): > File "/usr/bin/anaconda", line 892, in ? > forceVesa=forcevesa) > File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/rhpxl/xserver.py", line 79, > in probeHW > forceVesa=forceVesa) > File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/rhpxl/videocard.py", line > 288, in __init__ > xdrv_parts = string.split(card.xdriver, "#") > File "/usr/lib/python2.4/string.py", line 292, in split > return s.split(sep, maxsplit) > AttributeError: 'NoneType' object has no attribute 'split' > install exited abnormally > sending termination signals...done > [etc] > > Without digging out the code, I'm guessing this means: > - The video card (labeled PBXGA, which I assume is whatever DEC > shipped with these things) isn't recognized for some reason. > - The script doesn't cope with not recognizing the video card. > > Booting up in text mode (aboot option 2 instead of 0) doesn't make > any difference. I haven't tried using a serial console. > > On another machine (PWS500au, only 128M RAM) it started up okay, but > when it got to "Installation Starting" ("Starting install process. > This may take several minutes..."), it crunched for a while, > displayed "install exited abnormally", and went through the same > shutdown sequence. No messages were displayed about why it exited, > and root/install.log is empty. > > Any suggestions? Could you be more specific in configuration of your machines? As for PBXGA - I guess it is one of ZLX (TGA) cards. Unfortunatelly, I am affraid it might not work (there is no xorg driver for it :( ). Could you try to replace it by another (non-DEC) card? On PWS - have yot tried to switch between different consoles? Alt-F1...F7? Any helpful info? Regards, Sergey.
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