Booting from CD is one of the easiest way to start and install your PA-RISC machine; assuming you have a CD drive handy and a bootable CD. You can download official PA/Linux ISOs as well as recent Net Install ISO (see Glossary) at The PA/Linux ESIEE Team download page, or at PA-RISC/Linux official website.
start the box and enter the BOOT_ADMIN mode. (Section 3.1.1)
Dispose your bootable CD on the CD tray and close it. Sounds obvious, but we know guys who missed that step :)
There are two options from there═: either you know the full PATH to your CD device, then you can jump to next step, or you don't. In this last case, issue a search ipl to list all available devices with IPL. You can also specify a search [PATH], which is fastest. For instance if you want to search the SCSI bus:
On recent boxes, search disk is quite helpful. Take a look at help search for details specific to your box.
Once you know the full PATH to your CD drive, you can issue a boot <PATH>. That's all. If everything goes fine, it will start booting the CD present in the CD reader. Real life example═:
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