Subject: Re: NetBSD 1.4 on a PowerCenter Pro?
To: Andy Finnell <>
From: Bill Studenmund <>
List: port-macppc
Date: 06/08/1999 11:53:51
On Sun, 6 Jun 1999, Andy Finnell wrote:

> I am trying to install NetBSD 1.4 on my PowerCenter Pro.  First, since
> I'm having so many problems, is this even feasible?  More specifically
> it is PowerCenter Pro 180 with two interal hard drives (one is a MacOS
> drive and the other is an old MkLinux drive), and 64 megs of ram.  I
> have the needed installation files on CD-ROM.
> The most important problem I'm having is that I can't get my monitor to
> work when I try to boot into OpenFirmware.  Its a Sony Multiscan 100sx. 
> When I hold down command-option-O-F and boot, the monitor "clicks" on
> and shows green like its going to work, but nothing shows up and it
> "clicks" back off and shows the amber color.  Since I have a PC monitor
> I have it plugged directly into the PC port on the back.  I do, however,
> have a PC to Mac monitor adapter if that will help in some way ( I'm
> grasping at straws here.)

As Dan said, it sounds like your OF is defaulting to serial console.
Another option would be to get bootvars (I have bootvars1.3b) which will
let you set ttyin to "kbd" and ttyout to something. I'd say try
"/chaos/control" byt that might be way off.

> The second problem I had (and think I've solved) is getting a copy of
> the boot floppy onto a real floppy.  First, I couldn't get the bin-hexed
> image to be un-bin-hexed.  I had to go remove the first couple of lines
> down to the standard "you need BinHex 4.0..."  Anyway, I got it decoded
> and gave it to Apple's DiskCopy which verified the checksum, but
> couldn't mount it.  And I couldn't figure out how to make a copy of the
> image.  However I did have MacTools and used the FastCopy to make a copy
> of it.  Just for the record, CAN you use DiskCopy to make a floppy from
> the disk image?

No. It's a raw disk image, not a DiskCopy disk image. I use suntar, but
I've forgotten where to get it.

Take care,