Bug 7204 - silo won't boot large partition
Summary: silo won't boot large partition
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: silo
Version: 6.1
Hardware: sparc
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jakub Jelinek
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Reported: 1999-11-21 18:59 UTC by Jeff Shao
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-12-14 01:37:03 UTC

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Description Jeff Shao 1999-11-21 18:59:31 UTC
RedHat 6.0 Sparc will install and boot my default 2.0GB root partition.

After upgrading to 6.1 sparc, it says Buggy Old PROMs..

I had to create a smaller root partition (~1GB).

Why did it work on previous versions of Sparc/Linux.. but not 6.1


Comment 1 Joshua Uziel 2000-03-17 10:56:59 UTC
It depends on what version PROM your SPARC has.  All UltraSPARCs are capable
of booting from any size partitions... but the sun4m's or sun4c's can only
boot from the first 1GB or 2GB, depending on the version.

As an example, I have an SS10 that used to have an older PROM only capable
of booting from the first 1GB... but I have a 4GB disk.  I did an install of
RH 6.0 on it and it booted fine while I was using little of the disk.  Then
I went and copied a pair of CD ISO images to my machine and later built a new
kernel and the machine wouldn' boot anymore.  Why not?  Because the new image
was on the disk past the first gig somewhere.

So, that limitation is for you protection...

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