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RE: installboot is broken

On Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 12:22 PM, Rhialto wrote:
> On Sun 24 Mar 2013 at 22:28:30 +0100, Johnny Billquist wrote:
> > I think I started running NetBSD on the 8650 in the 1.6 timeframe.
> By the way, I am currently trying the simh vax8600 from the git repository. I
> use the branch with the fixed VMB.EXE so that it boots the install cd
> (remotes/origin/VAX-11-BootBlock-Fixup).
> If I boot it off the NetBSD-6.1RC2.iso install cd, using the patched VMB.EXE, 
> it
> starts the boot loader, loads and decompresses the kernel (which takes
> ages), and then prints only a C and then freezes. I suppose it is the first
> character of the kernel output, trying to say "Copyright blah Regents of 
> blah".
> The CPU is running in some big loop somewhere, one can see that if you turn
> on cpu history, or steps through the code using the STEP command from
> simh.
> Could be a bug in either simh or NetBSD of course.

There are issues in the simh VAX8600 console interface.  Try the VAX780.  The 
8600 issues are pretty complicated and not at the top of the queue.  The 
simulator works fine when booting VMS.

- Mark

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