[rescue] Vaxstation 3100 and NetBSD

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Sat Sep 13 13:16:28 CDT 2003

On Saturday, September 13, 2003, at 02:10 PM, Michael Free wrote:
> I've seen some Vaxen posts here and figured it wouldn't hurt to ask.
> I recently repaired a hardware issue on my vaxstation 3100 and now I'm 
> ready
> to actually start using the thing, but I can't for the life of me 
> figure out
> what's wrong with my setup that I can't boot from a NetBSD 1.5 or 
> 1.6.1 CD.
> I've followed the instructions.... the CD drives themselves are older 
> ones
> that are capable of 512 byte blocks... but it always seems to hang or 
> fail.
> I've been through almost all the permutations of the boot command, the 
> latest
> attempt being boot/100 dka400 and calling boot.vax as the bootfile. I 
> really
> wish this was better documented.
> Any ideas? If need be I can get you the information from the boot 
> failure
> screens....

   I've successfully booted NetBSD/vax 1.6 from a CD-R burned from the 
ISO image on ftp.netbsd.org.  Given what you said above, I'd suspect 
your CDROM drive as being incorrectly configured or otherwise wonky.  
If it's convenient to set up mopd somewhere, I'd try to netboot it via 
MOP, or get a different (preferably DEC) CDROM drive.


Dave McGuire                 "You don't have Vaseline in Canada?"
St. Petersburg, FL                     -Bill Bradford

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