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PReP partition has 16 MB of size

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After installing SLES on IBM Power the system fails to boot and prints the following error message: 
PReP-BOOT : Unable to load full PReP image.
Loaded fb8000  out of fffe00  bytes.

PReP partition has 16 MB of size.  


The NVRAM variable real-base can be changed to accommodate the larger PReP image.
Boot the partition to the Restricted Open Firmware Prompt and run the following commands, which will change the NVRAM variable and then reboot the partition.
set_nvram_realbase 2000000


The memory region into which the bootloader can be loaded is defined by NVRAM variables load-base, which is where the bootloader/OS is loaded, and real-base, where Open Firmware is loaded. The image must fit within the two values. The partition's values for the NVRAM variables:
load-base = 0x4000
real-base = 0xc00000

With the current configuration, there is not enough room to load the 16MiB (0xfffe00 bytes) of PReP image.


Reported to Engineering

Additional Information

Issue is reported to IBM. There is not yet an infrastructure in place for the bootloader/OS to adjust the NVRAM variables as needed. Work is underway in IBM Linux development to make those adjustments.

The reason the PReP partition has 16 MiB is because the device reports an optimal IO size of 16 MiB. And YaST tries by default to produce fully aligned partitions.

Note: Re-partitioning during Installation or in Rescue mode is not possible, even forcing PReP with 8 MB of size doesn't fix the non-booting issue.


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  • Document ID:000020531
  • Creation Date: 04-Jan-2022
  • Modified Date:04-Jan-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications

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