Subject: EB164, PALcode revision, Booting NetBSD
To: None <port-alpha@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Rolf Karlstad <email@example.com>
Date: 08/05/1996 18:16:33
Well, I finally got that EB164 based alpha, and have had, as yet, no luck
getting it to boot. I can think of several reasons for this, but I think
I had better lay out my hardware and software revisions before updating
console revisions, etc.
What I have:
DEC EB164 motherboard - 300mhz 21164 processor, DECchip 21171 chipset.
cirrus logic 5430 VGA (PCI) DEC 21040-AA ethernet (PCI)
NCR 53c810 SCSI (PCI) 128 MB RAM, 2 MB 10ns cache, 2-4GB Qtm Atlas
Software revisions: (I really hope that this is the problem)
SRM console revision X4.3-2326 Aug 29 1995 08:54:13
VMS PALcode V1.15-0, OSF PALcode V1.19-0
(this seems quite a bit older than what I have seen documented in the mailing
What I have done:
dd'ed the rz25 image to one of the 4 GB disks, under NetBSD-i386,
the only wierdness about this was that I had to use rsd0d instead of what I
would have expected, which would be, of course, rrz0c under OSF or rsd0c under
any other UNIX, but that seems like a i386 implementation detail, not a hangup.
seeting environment variables seems to have no effect on the boot, here
is what happens.
boot dka0.0.0.9.0 -file netbsd -flags s
block 0 of dka0.0.0.9.0 is a vilid boot block
reading 15 blocks from dka0.0.0.9.0
bootstrap code read in
base = 11c000, image_start = 0, image_bytes = 1e00
initializing HWPRB at 2000
initialing page table at 10e000
initializing machine state
setting affinity to the primary CPU
jumping to bootstrap code
(flash, flash, flash (screen, also keyboard lights)
>>> (this is a SRM console prompt) (ie, no luck)
Well, if anyone can suggest anything, thanks much.
Rolf Karlstad firstname.lastname@example.org