Subject: Re: DEC hardware question
To: Jochen Kunz <>
From: Chris Rupnik <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 07/19/2002 21:45:17
 Well, I'll bite. Its not always bad hardware. Take for example the
mentioned DEFPA. Its a great piece of hardware. Its driver is MI. The card
work in MacOS (up to 9.1) and on winnt. And on netbsd, works on both I386

However, the card does not work in a mac with netbsd on it.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jochen Kunz" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, July 19, 2002 3:33 AM
Subject: Re: DEC hardware question

> On 2002.07.19 08:30 der Mouse wrote:
> > Well, that's the theory.  In practice, there have been problems,
> > particularly with PCI busses on big-endian machines (a lot of PCI
> > hardware assumes it's on Intel, ie, little-endian).
> I meant this in principle. If it doesn't work due to sloppy hardware
> design, this is clearly a problem of the hardware, not NetBSD. So we see
> here the well known phenomenon of the difference betwen theory and
> practice. ;-)
> > Fortunately(?), the alpha is little-endian, so that particular
> > problem won't bite, but there may be others.
> Wasn't / is there a problem with the PMAD-A TC Ethernet card? It works
> on PMAX but not in a TC Alpha?
> --
> tschüß,
>          Jochen
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