Subject: Re: Alpha 3000/800 Netbooting problems...
To: None <, port-alpha@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Ross Harvey <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 06/15/1998 10:33:17
> From: Ben White <>
> ...
> I've aquired an old alpha 3000/800, currently running OSF1 1.3A or
> something I seem to remember from the motd.  First alpha I've ever had my
> hands on so not too experienced in the boot sequences
> ...
Does your TC alpha have a floppy? You could avoid firmware hassles by
booting the floppy in /pub/NetBSD/arch/alpha/genfloppy. You still need to
set up for a full netboot, with the root-path and server available via
bootp/dhcp, but it does avoid any dependency on the firmware network boot
logic, as all the transactions are done directly through your network
interface by the kernel.  On my list for Real Soon Now is a proper install
floppy for the TC alphas.

The NetBSD tftp does have a -l option. I'm a bit puzzled by the one minute
delays...when it works, the netboot is pretty fast, a lot faster than a
floppy boot.