> On Aug 25, 2021, at 10:18 PM, James Bond <bond6...@googlemail.com> wrote:
> 1). The Intenso CDRs are crap. I burnt a new disc and this one started Grub

Yes, good quality CD-Rs are important.

> 2). Before retrying to reinstall Debian I had booted into Solaris and thought 
> rit would be a good moment to give Debian a try. And suddenly after loading 
> Grub and some error messages that I have had before as well the installer 
> switched mode and no fizzy screen output! So it looks like the XVR-1200 needs 
> a pre-initialization and then the Debian terminal installer works.

Yes, it seems the card needs to be initialized and I assume the Linux kernel 
driver is missing something here. Firmware maybe which does the initialization?

> 4). Is there a size limitation with Debian sparc64? Wanted to install on one 
> of the 146GB internal disks but during portioning I get the "warning" that 
> the disk has "562253" cylinders which is greater than the maximum of "65536". 
> The installer continues but when rebooting from the disk it stops with:
> Can't open disk2

There is no size limitation, but if you use GRUB with linked blocklists 
(anything older that SPARC T4), the partition which contains /boot must not be 
too large.

The installer will normally choose a small, separate /boot partition for that 
matter. So you run into this issue, it means you either deleted the /boot 
partition or your /boot partition is larger than a few GB (forgot the exact 


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