Subject: Re: Has anyone tried NetBSD on a 600au?
To: Ken Hornstein <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Hal Murray <email@example.com>
Date: 01/20/2000 12:03:46
> >I have it running fine on a pair of them. I use the serial port.
> >I don't know anything about displays.
> Uh, not at all? I mean, doesn't it _come_ with a graphics card by
Yes, but I removed it so I could put in another network card.
[The machine is down in a lab. The display doesn't do any good when
I'm up in my office accessing it over the net.]
> >I had trouble with a 3rd 600au system. I forget the fine print but
> >I think I can look it up. It was something about the firmware setting
> >something up in a strange mode. A simple edit and kernel rebuild
> >fixed things.
> Kinda hard to do when you're trying to install, unfortunately. Sounds
> like the 600au is a lost cause :-(
I was fortunate enough to have another machine available that didn't
have the problem. I probably would have given up too without it.
I fished through my old mail. They symptoms were crisp - a panic
pretty early during startup:
cia0: using BWX for PCI config access
sio_intr_setup: 1 LT!
sio_sis: initial: ocw = (a3,ff), elcr = ( 2,14)
current: ocw = (a3,ff), elcr = ( 0,14)
panic: sio_setirqstat: hosed
The fix (from Ross Harvey) was:
 Edit arch/alpha/pci/sio_pic.c and take out the define for
BROKEN_PROM_CONSOLE (or make it xxBROKEN_PROM_CONSOLE)