Subject: Re: Q: Blind installation on DEC 3000 m300
To: Christian Lavoie <>
From: Aaron J. Grier <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 02/28/2002 12:36:38
On Wed, Feb 27, 2002 at 05:37:07PM -0500, Christian Lavoie wrote:
> Message
> describes very well my problem: A pair of DEC 3000 m300 machines, and
> a "SWITCHING TO SERIAL CONSOLE" message that ends all my installation
> attemps.
> I've got no CD-ROM, no floppy, only- a working BOOTP/TFTP setup. I
> need to install a NFS-root NetBSD system on both of those. The NFS
> server is already up and kicking, and NetBSD is already booting. (NFS
> server is i386 Debian linux)
> What do I need to modify on the nfs server to make netbsd boot, start
> SSH, and let me login as root to finish everything?

all you're missing a usable console.  if you've gotten this far,
everything else appears to be in order.  you can either get an install
kernel that has console support for your framebuffer, or make/find a
cable and do the initial install over a serial console.

I know PMAGB-B is supported -- where are those kernels again?

  Aaron J. Grier | "Not your ordinary poofy goof." |