Subject: Re: Netbsd for dec 3k with no floppy
To: Mikko Lehtonen <>
From: Ted Sikora <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 04/27/2000 20:29:09
Mikko Lehtonen wrote:
>         Hello
> So, I have a dec 3000 (alpha, of course) and it doesn't have floppy drive,
> which gives me a bit of a problem, I could download an iso image and try
> to boot from it, but some images I found said, that they are only i386
> bootable. I'm unsure about installing over LAN, especially because my dec
> 3000 has OpenVMS for OS currently. Or are there some setup program for
> OpenVMS included in the cd-iso? (and a good help file how to do it. I
> really don't know how to use vms.)

make a /boot directory in your directory of choice and put cdhdtape
there then put the alpha distribution there or not then:

mkisofs -b boot/cdhdtape -c boot/boot.catalog -o bootcd.iso .

This makes the iso image then do the following to burn:
cdrecord -scanbus

add the results to dev below then:

cdrecord -v speed=2 dev=0,0,0  -data  bootcd.iso

That's it you now have a bootable alpha cd.
Nero under Win works too just like in the NetBSD/Alpha FAQ.
Works with OpenBSD too just substitute floppy26.fs for cdhdtape.
Ted Sikora
Jtl Development Group