Subject: Re: NetBSD/Alpha
To: Michael G. Schabert <>
From: Chad Mynhier <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 05/25/1998 10:37:05
"Michael G. Schabert" writes:
>At 8:14 PM -0500 5/24/98, Chad Mynhier wrote:
>>If the video card has 8MB, it's the ZLXp-E2 card, which isn't supported
>>by NetBSD.  You can verify this by looking at the video card -- if it has
>>a Bt463 RAMDAC, the card's unsupported.
>OK, that was the problem. I didn't know how to tell E1 from E2 & E3, so I
>didn't know which I had. As I'm a port-mac68k follower, I don't know
>anything anout the alpha port, is the E2 close to being supported, or
>should I start advertising for someone with an E1 to swap. Does Alpha
>support serial console, & could I enable that & leave out a video card
>altogether? As I plan to use it as a headless server, I wouldn't miss the
>video if it'd get it to boot.

Yes, the AS200 supports serial console.  There's a variable you can set 
under SRM to support either serial or graphics console.  I don't remember
what it is, but it's something logical like 'console'.  Set it to serial,
hook up something to the first serial port, and you're good to go.

Oh, and don't forget to take the video card out, or else the machine still
won't boot.

As far as support for the E2, noone's working on it, as far as I can tell.

Chad Mynhier