Subject: Re: a little pc164 help please
To: Bill Sommerfeld <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Andrew Brown <email@example.com>
Date: 11/03/2000 09:00:10
>> but it won't boot. it seems to read in the whole first floppy (the
>> stepper motor in the floppy drive clicks about 80 times), but never
>> does anything else, or asks for a different floppy. the light doesn't
>> go off either.
>Another possible guess from left field:
>Does it display anything on the console when you power it on?
yep. it's blue with white letters. from what i saw, i guessed at how
to make it boot from the floppy disk, and got the above results.
since then, i've pulled the video card, detached the keyboard cable,
and booted on a serial console. there, it actually printed more than
"jumping to bootstrap code". this time it printed stuff like:
NetBSD/alpha 1.5_ALPHA Primary Boot +
Please remove disk 1, insert disk 2, and type return...
NetBSD 1.5_ALPHA (INSTALL) #2: Wed Jun 21 23:48:50 PDT 2000
and got as far as
root file system type: ffs
Terminal type? [vt100]
erase ^?, werase ^W, kill ^U, in
before switching itself off. which is how it is now: not on, and
won't come on. the current theory is that the power supply (300
>If not, it sounds like it's behaving as if the flash rom
>disaster-recovery jumper in the "emergency recovery" mode rather than
>the normal mode.
>(see the motherboard manual, assuming you have it; it's looking for a
>floppy with the SRM install image on it rather than an OS to boot).
nope. i saw that jumper and specifically didn't touch it.
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