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 Debian ISOs as well as Net Install ISO (see netinst) from the Debian Installer pages, or from the PA-RISC/Linux official website.
Start the box and enter the BOOT_ADMIN mode. (Section 1.1, “Entering the BOOT_ADMIN interface”)
Place 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
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 bootable devices.
You can also specify
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
That's all. If everything goes fine, it will start booting the CD present
in the CD reader. Real life example: