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RE: NetBSD/amiga sysinst (Was: Video of NetBSD/amiga 10.0_BETA network install in real Amiga 1200)

From: David Brownlee <abs%netbsd.org@localhost> 
Sent: jueves, 2 de marzo de 2023 17:22

> I would hope to add it as the first question at the start
> of the script - "install via script or via sysinst". If
> we get it working and find that it's so amazing no-one ever
> needed the script again maybe we could look to drop the
> script... sometime around NetBSD-12

Sounds good to me!

> If I wanted to poke at testing sysinst in uae what would be
> the best way to bootstrap a system - assuming I have a good
> rom and Workbench floppy images (*), what would be a good
> UAE (or e-uea) config and initial hard disk image setup?

I only have experience with WinUAE. This video [1] of netbsd-9.2 install was a screen capture of WinUAE. The configuration was as follows:

  - WinUAE 4.4.0 x64
  - 68060 CPU with MMU and internal FPU
  - Amiga 1200 chipset (AGA)
  - 2 MB Chip RAM, 128 MB Z3 FAST RAM
  - A2065 Network Adapter in network mode (WinPCap)
  - A2091 SCSI controller (for CD drive)
  - Install on A1200 built-in IDE hard-drive
  - Install media from NetBSD CD-ROM via A2091 SCSI controller
  - Kickstart 3.2 from Hyperion Entertaiment (https://www.hyperion-entertainment.com/)

If you don't use Windows, you can try FS-UAE; it works on multiple OSes -not sure about NetBSD- and it is based on WinUAE code.

> *: I've downloaded something to start, but once I work out
> which edition I need I'll throw an order across to amigaforever.com
> to help Cloanto keep the website lights running :)

As alternative, you can extract the ROM from a real Amiga using the AmigaOS transrom program included in the WinUAE 32 bit distribution [2], "Amiga Programs" folder.

From: Frank Wille <frank%phoenix.owl.de@localhost> 
Sent: jueves, 2 de marzo de 2023 18:53

> With the NetBSD-10.99 beta installer I couldn't install from
> a local FTP server. With the NetBSD-9.2 installer I couldn't
> even configure my ne(4) (Ariadne-II) network card.

What is the kernel output during boot procedure? Do you see the Ariadne detected?

> 68030 and 68851 MMU emulation entered WinUAE a few years ago.
> And now I think that even 68040 and 060 MMUs are more or less emulated.

68040 and 68060 MMUs are well emulated in WinUAE. I made the netbsd-9.2 install configuring 68060 as CPU and everything went fine.

Also, it is nice to note that if NetBSD is the only operating system in the Amiga or the root partition has the highest priority, there is no need to manually select the boot device in Early Startup Menu, the Amiga will boot directly into NetBSD.


[1] https://youtu.be/hJ5fuCA5tM8 
[2] https://download.abime.net/winuae/releases/WinUAE41010.zip 

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