Subject: Hardware Identification
To: None <port-pmax@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Jim Miller <email@example.com>
Date: 05/30/1997 22:39:22
I recently obtained a Decstation 5000. It is in a 19" rack enclosure
(along with a SCSI mass-storage drawer containing 6 RZ58 drives).
Unfortunately, there are no nameplates anywhere on it that indicate
which model it is (120, 200, 240, etc). Upon power-up it indicates
"KN03-AA DEC V5.1b TCF0" on the console.
Upon looking at the pages on www.netbsd.org about the pmax port, I see
that there are only a couple models of 5000/2xx that are supported. I
would like to determine if my system is capable of running the
I've examined the CPU board for an indication of which processor it
is, but the CPU chip has a large round heatsink that obscures the
numbers (if there are any). There is a 20 Mhz crystal next to the
CPU. (20 Mhz R3000?)
There are also three expansion slots, with two PMAZ-AA SCSI boards and
a TCE option module which connects into the upper part of the chassis
to two more PMAZ boards.
It's my assumption that this is either a 5000/120 or a 5000/240, but
I'd like the help of the pros here on the list to identify it exactly.
>From what I see on the www.netbsd.org web page, either is capable of
supporting the pmax port, so I'm hoping that the unit I have is one of
Also: if this box _is_ one of the NetBSD/pmax supported architectures,
can I use my NetBSD/386 box to make one of the RZ58 drives bootable
for the the 5000? (I've already successfully formatted and used one
Any help you might be able to provide would be very much appreciated!
Jim Miller | UNIX, LAN, WAN
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