Subject: Re: DEC 3000 Firmware Upgrade
To: None <email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Ross Harvey <email@example.com>
Date: 09/09/1999 11:47:55
> From: Andrew Gallatin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Ray Phillips writes:
> > Dear NetBSD/Alpha:
> > Could you give me a little advice please?
> > I'm about to try to install NetBSD on a DEC 3000 400 machine (which has a
> > CD-ROM and a DAT drive but no floppy) and I'm wondering if upgrading to the
> > latest firmware (version 7.0 according to
> > http://ftp.digital.com/pub/DEC/Alpha/firmware/readmes/dec3000.html) before
> > I do the installation is wise. I assume that the answer is 'Yes' but DEC's
> > firmware release notes say that only some versions of Digital UNIX are
> > compatible with each version of the firmware, and I was wondering if the
> > same is true of NetBSD.
> > Raymond Phillips
> Be very, very, very careful when upgrading the firmware on a 3000/400.
> You need to make sure you have a new enough SROM chip, or an upgrade
> from an old version of the firmware to a fairly new one will trash the
> system & cause it to machine-check at power-on. I'm fuzzy on the
> exact details of which revisions cause the problem, but you can have a
> look at:
Since NetBSD supports installation from _either_ your CD _or_ from your DAT,
it may be best to just leave the FW alone. You can get a CD from Bob Nestor,
or write the `cdhdtape' image to a CD or a DAT tape in order to boot.
Also, when you get going, you might want to build the TCWSCONS kernel.
The installation and GENERIC require that you hook up a serial console,
but TCWSCONS supports the framebuffer and keyboard.
Since you need a serial console to install on that system, you may want
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