Subject: Re: PWS 433a (Miata) question about SRM
To: Andrew Gallatin <>
From: Olaf Seibert <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 11/23/1999 00:16:52
On Sun 21 Nov 1999 at 16:21:22 +0100, Olaf Seibert wrote:
> On Sat 20 Nov 1999 at 11:26:01 -0500, Andrew Gallatin wrote:
> > Or, if you are feeling brave, set the SRM console variable

> set pci_device_override 88c15333

This was apparently too brave a thing to do. A foolproof way to reboot
or hang the machine is a simple "cat INSTALL.more" :-( Also in some
other cases the display is messed up by groups of incorrect characters
appearing on the screen (many of these appear to come from the boot

For completeness, the SRM show config command tells me (among other
things) PYXIS ASIC Pass 257, NetBSD says cia0: WARNING: Pyxis pass1 DMA
bug; no bets.

So, what video card should I use then? Can I list what devices the SRM
likes? Can the PYXIS be upgraded or does that require a board swap or
something drastic like that? And why does it not work if the video card
is in a 32-bit slot...

Another problem: the network. (All my networking attempts seem to be
cursed, on the VAXen I tried it also failed.) 

I connected the UTP port to my cable modem, because it is the only thing
here that I can connect to with UTP. The lights on the modem show no
outgoing packets.  ping often tells me "ping: failed to clear cached
route: network is unreachable". ifconfig -a always includes "status:
active" and most of the time OACTIVE. route show never shows ethernet
addresses other than the one of de0 (because the ARPs have failed, I'd
say). Once, I saw a kernel message "de0: abnormal interrupt: receive
process stopped". Of course I'm sure I set all the right IP adresses,
netmasks and default routes (the ones that work on my BeBox). 

The 10baseT media is detected automatically, but to be certain I also
selected it manually. ifconfiging down & up made no difference.

Maybe de0 simply does not like my cable modem (from Com21)? I cannot
plug it into anything else (such as my BeBox), since the cable between
the modem and the BeBox (which is the normal connection) does not appear
to be a standard cross cable (I tested that a while ago).

Well, I'm giving up for today. I'll try some TK50 fixing next for my
VAXen perhaps...

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