Subject: port-alpha/13822: DEC PWS 500a installation problems
To: None <>
From: Reinoud Zandijk <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 08/29/2001 23:30:44
>Number:         13822
>Category:       port-alpha
>Synopsis:       NetBSD/alpha 1.5X (and 1.5.1 ?) installation problems
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       critical
>Priority:       high
>Responsible:    port-alpha-maintainer
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Wed Aug 29 14:26:00 PDT 2001
>Originator:     Reinoud Zandijk
>Release:        NetBSD-1.5X, aprox 25 Aug
NetBSD starbuck 1.5X NetBSD 1.5X (config.starbuck) #0: Wed Aug 29 11:40:42 CEST 2001     
root@starbuck:/usr/sources/ alpha

Installation of the NetBSD-current 1.5X is not possible without plugging in
extra (network) hardware. The build in ethernet device de0 - replaced later
by the tlp0 - doesnt work as does the CDROM.

The ethernet device does work when still operated from the bootprom and 
successfully boots into an installation kernel. When NetBSD takes over 
however it completely stops functioning. No transmissions are made and as 
far as i could see no reception was possible too. The Linux distribution i 
got with the machine was able to work on the ethernet device.

The CDROM does look to work and i can get information of it BUT the 
information retrieved is not correct; the tar's i got from the CD are all 
corrupt. Testing the CD on a different machine shows that the information 
on the CD is correct. I haven't compared the files yet but all tar's are 

Try to install NetBSD on the machine :|
A quick fix around the problem is to add a PCI network card like a cheap 
RealTecLogic card i used. This card is recognized by the install kernel and 
then its possible to fetch the sets from another machine.