Subject: Re: Sun 3/80 netbooting
To: , <>
From: Rick Copeland <>
List: port-sun3
Date: 11/08/1998 13:11:07
Sounds like your nvram needs some help!  Go to or go to the NetBSD home page
and look under FAQs, hardware, Sun3/3x.  This is a very common problem.

Rick Copeland

At 10:14 PM 11/7/98 -0800, Devin Ganger wrote:
>Hello, all.
>I've got a couple of quick questions about the sun3x port of NetBSD, since
>I'm a relative newcomer to NetBSD *and* the older Sun hardware.
>I managed to pick up a SS2 and a Sun 3/80 from someone and I've found enough
>memory for both.  I have NetBSD up and running on the SS2, and I was
>planning on using that as the platform from which to netboot the 3/80.
>As I understand it, all I should have to do is setup up the RARP server to
>assign the correct IP address to the 3/80, and set up the contents of the
>netboot directory on the FTP site to be accessible via TFTP.
>My question comes from a strange error message I'm getting from the 3/80.
>During its self-test, it displays
>Selftest Completed.
>        Sun Workstation, Model Sun-3/80 Series.
>        Type-4 Keyboard.
>        ROM Rev 2.9.2, 16MB memory installed
>        ID PROM invalid.
>and then it goes on to complain "ERROR: missing or invalid ID prom".  What
>does this mean, and how do I fix it?
>Is there a good place I can go to find more information on this machine, its
>error messages, and possibly even some documentation for its boot monitor?
>It seems that my box is setup to auto-boot, and I have no idea how to set
>one of these older Suns to stop that sort of thing.
>Sorry for the newbieness of the questions, and thanks in advance for any
>Devin L. Ganger
>"And Hell does not always look like Hell.  On a good day, it can look
>a lot like L.A."    -- Dr. Eugene Sands, _Playing God_