Subject: Re: Problems installing NetBSD from tape
To: None <>
From: Gordon W. Ross <>
List: port-sun3
Date: 07/03/1996 13:56:23
> Date: Wed, 3 Jul 1996 20:01:46 +0300
> From: Tuomo Tikkanen <>

> Hello there,
> I hope this is not a FAQ, but as I have would like to get my Sun3 to run
> NetBSD ASAP I'll bothe all you.
> My problem is that I don't succeed in installing the NetBSD on my
> Sun3/60. I am using the method that was rated "easiest" in INSTALL.txt
> i.e. I am installing from the tape. I have prepared the two installation
> tapes as described in INSTALL.txt using SunOS4.0.1 on the same 3/60 where I
> am going to install NetBSD. I have tested the tapes on SunOS and they
> worked like supposed i.e. everything I put there I can also read.
> When I boot from the boot tape the RAMDISK version of NetBSD-1.1 is loaded
> OK and I can (if I will) use the edlabel program. But then comes the
> problem -- I cannot load the miniroot from the tape. If I try to rewind the
> tape as documented in INSTALL.txt (mt -f /dev/nrst0 rewind) nothing
> happens... no life on tape unit :-(. Then I say mt -f /dev/nrst0 fsf 2 (as
> it is next to do in INSTALL.txt) and tape unit makes two apathetic tries to
> move the tape and the tape is forwarded probably by inch or two. After that
> it is no surprise anymore that when I do the "dd bs=8k if=/dev/nrst0
> of=/dev/rrsd0b" command the system cannot found any suitable data.

That is the old MakeBootTape script, which was incorrect.

Make sure you are using the latest distribution, as found on /pub/NetBSD/arch/sun3/
Note, that is LATER than the 1.1 release.