Subject: Re: NetBSD/Alpha
To: Chad Mynhier <>
From: Berndt Josef Wulf <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 05/26/1998 07:51:29
Chad Mynhier wrote
> "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

I might be wrong here as its being awhile since I dealt with this
issue. By memory, the console will be diverted to the first serial
port if no graphics card is detected.

Maybe worth a try...

cheerio Berndt
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