Subject: Multia serial console netboot fun
To: None <>
From: David Brownlee <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 06/01/2002 16:21:02
	Trying to setup a multia on a serial console for a friend.

	It has SRM version V3.8-2, so it _should_ be able to netboot.

	The machine has NetBSD 1.5.2 installed, but fails to boot on
	a serial console with various 'stray isa irq X' messages, with
	the final one being 'stray isa irq 4' (4==com0). Booting single
	user ends up with:
	    root on sd0a dumps on sd0b
	    root file system type: ffs
	    Enter pathname ostray isa irq 4
	at which poing the console is unresponsive, though plugging in a
	pcmcia card will kick out a line of output.

	Trying to netboot a current kernelhas its own fun - a 1.5 netboot
	fails with:
	    Boot flags: a
	    boot: boot device name does not contain ethernet address.

	    Boot device name was: "BOOTP 0 8 0 0 0 3 0"

	    Your firmware may be too old to network-boot NetBSD/alpha,
	    or you might have to hard-code an ethernet address into
	    your network boot block with setnetbootinfo(8).
	while a 1.5ZC netboot just hangs.

	I'm, going to go away and play with setnetbootinfo, but its
	concerning that -current netboot fails without any message...

		David/absolute		-- No hype required --