Subject: Re: Has anyone tried NetBSD on a 600au?
To: Michael L. Hitch <>
From: David Hopper <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 01/24/2000 06:28:51
Ditto.  To clarify to the list, I haven't heard of a single 500a or
500au (other Miata proc speeds notwithstanding) that *does* work with

Mine chokes after light usage, hard video errors.


"Michael L. Hitch" wrote:
> On Thu, 20 Jan 2000, Ken Hornstein wrote:
> > The floppies loaded fine, the kernel came up, but after printing about
> > 3/4th a page of standard NetBSD boot messages (I think the last thing
> > probed was sia0, but that could be wrong), the "Copyright" message
> > (which is now about 5-8 lines from the top at this point) gets the "C"
> > overwritten with a funky character, and everything just stops.  Pressing
> > return causes other screen characters to be overwritten within the top
> > 5-8 lines, but nothing else happens.
> >
> > I see from the mailing list archives that the 500au works fine; anyone
> > have any luck on the 600au?  The machine runs DU/Tru64/whatever it's
> > called today/ just fine.
>   I was unable to get NetBSD booted on a 500au - the graphics board in
> the machine I had does not work with NetBSD.  I think when it gets to the
> graphics board configuration, the screen gets wierd characters and nothing
> appears to happen after that.
>   I was going to try booting with a serial console, but never managed to
> try that before the machines were put into production use.  [I can
> probably try booting NetBSD on one of them again sometime though, so
> perhaps I will try it with a serial console.]
> --
> Michael L. Hitch              
> Computer Consultant
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> Montana State University        Bozeman, MT     USA