Subject: Re: Try again... problems with alpha 3000/800S
To: R. Lee Hawkins <>
From: Michael L. Hitch <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 09/14/1999 11:16:47
On Tue, 14 Sep 1999, R. Lee Hawkins wrote:

> Hi all:
> I posted the message just after subscribing to the list, however I've
> gotten no replies, so perhaps it never went through.  

  I saw it - just haven't had a chance to respond yet.

> We're trying to install netbsd on an AlphaStation 3000/800S that we
> On booting the CD Rom, I get the following "probe" messages as netbsd
> probes the internal scsi bus (these messages are not complete, I simply
> give the device number probed and final error):
> probe(asc0:0:0)...............
> asc0: timed out..........
> ncr53c9x_abort: not NEXUS
> It goes through this process for asc0:0:0 through asc0:4:0.
> I've looked around in the docs, but can't seem to find any
> troubleshooting documentation, thus my message here.  Can anyone lend a
> hand?  This is my very first netbsd install (although I've installed
> dozens of DU and Ultrix systems), so I'm at a bit of a loss.

  This is a known problem with the 3000/500-900.  The baseboard TCDS 
(Turbo Channel Dual SCSI) is not being configured correctly.  The
3000/400 works since it does not support Fast-SCSI, but the higher models
support Fast-SCSI and the SCSI chip is not getting configured correctly.
I think I have it figured out and will be fixing it "soon".

  I can provide a 1.4 installation kernel, cdhdtape image, and
installation floppy images if anyone wants to try them out to see if they


Michael L. Hitch
Computer Consultant
Information Technology Center
Montana State University	Bozeman, MT	USA