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Alpha boot magic questions
After updating my firmware, I still can't get my Alpha to boot from the
hard disk. I tried doing a complete install from a 5.0.2 CD and tried
running installboot manually:
# installboot -v /dev/rsd0c bootxx_ffs
File system: /dev/rsd0c
Primary bootstrap: bootxx_ffs
Bootstrap start sector: 1
Bootstrap sector count: 13
New boot block checksum: 0xa3dbcfeefd5d168e
Writing boot block
Why does partition "a" start at sector 0 if the bootstrap code takes 13
sectors? Just curious.
No matter what I try, I always get:
failed to open dka0.0.0.6.0
If I try to use the bootloader on the CD to boot the kernel off the SCSI
disk, I get:
Boot file: dka0:netbsd
Boot flags: a
open dka0:netbsd: No such file or directory
Boot failed! Halting...
Maybe dka0:netbsd isn't the correct syntax.
The drive looks like this from the 5.0.2 boot CD's dmesg:
sd0 at scsibus0 target 0 lun 0: <ST316002, 3A, 8.01> disk fixed
sd0: 149 GB, 77525 cyl, 64 head, 63 sec, 512 bytes/sect x 312581808 sectors
sd0: sync (100.00ns offset 8), 8-bit (10.000MB/s) transfers, tagged queueing
It makes me wonder if the SRM simply can't talk to the drive. It's a 160
gig IDE drive with an Acard SCSI-IDE (7720U) adapter. I use these kinds of
adapters everywhere, including Amigas, m68k Macs, and even VAXen.
The exact same adapter with a slightly larger drive is in one of my
VAXstation 4000/60, and it's never had any booting issues:
sd0 at scsibus0 target 0 lun 0: <Maxtor 6, B200P0, BAH4> disk fixed
sd0: 189 GB, 98784 cyl, 64 head, 63 sec, 512 bytes/sect x 398297088 sectors
sd0: sync (160.00ns offset 15), 8-bit (6.250MB/s) transfers, tagged queueing
I even tried a different SCSI-IDE adapter, but no go. I suppose my next
test will be to see if a real SCSI drive works...
Any other suggestions?
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