Subject: Re: Corrupted SRM -- partial solution
To: None <>
From: Ray Phillips <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 10/03/2001 11:21:17
A local Compaq engineer has given me the AS200 firmware upgrade file for an
older version, viz. AS200_V5_8.EXE which contained SRM v6.3-4, and
fortunately the flash ROMs took that.  So, I conclude v7.0-9 uses more of
the ROMs than 6.3-4, including some bits which are faulty; and that the
circuitry which interfaces to them is OK.  Maybe I'll try replacing one or
both of those chips.

I'm not out of the woods yet even if I stay with v6.3-4.  Now, when the
machine is powered on with the console SRM variable set to 'serial' this is
printed on the console:

    nvram_get: Error reading NVRAM into mem. buffer. Err=4
    nnvram_init:nvram_get call returned err
    V6.3-4, built on Nov 20 1996 at 09:41:23

For some reason, when the console variable equals 'graphics' only the last
two lines appear on the workstation's monitor.

I've been able to install NetBSD 1.5.1 and all appears to be well until I
try to boot into multi-user mode.  It keeps saying

    Enter pathname of shell or RETURN for sh:

even though I've edited /etc/rc.conf and /etc/defaults/rc.conf as usual.
Any suggestions as to why that might be? What's the significance of the

    Unrecognized boot flag '0'.

line in the booting sequence (which I've appended to this message)?

If I can get this machine to work it will need more RAM than its current 16
MB.  Would anyone care to suggest a supplier in Australia, or in the US who
takes orders over the Web?  Oh, and a supplier of 28F020 Intel/Amd Flash


nvram_get: Error reading NVRAM into mem. buffer. Err=4
nnvram_init:nvram_get call returned err
V6.3-4, built on Nov 20 1996 at 09:41:23
>>>b dka0
(boot dka0. -flags 0)
block 0 of dka0. is a valid boot block
reading 15 blocks from dka0.
bootstrap code read in
base = 13a000, image_start = 0, image_bytes = 1e00
initializing HWRPB at 2000
initializing page table at 12c000
initializing machine state
setting affinity to the primary CPU
jumping to bootstrap code

NetBSD/alpha 1.5.1 FFS Primary Bootstrap
Jumping to entry point...

NetBSD/alpha 1.5.1 Secondary Bootstrap, Revision 1.10
(, Jun 13 03:11:13 MEST 2001)

VMS PAL rev: 0x1000000010538
OSF PAL rev: 0x100000002012e
Switch to OSF PAL code succeeded.

Boot flags: 0
4662104+333432 [85+281736+165811]=0x5311e8

Entering netbsd at 0xfffffc00003010c0...
Unrecognized boot flag '0'.
[ preserving 448536 bytes of netbsd ELF symbol table ]
consinit: not using prom console
Copyright (c) 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
    The NetBSD Foundation, Inc.  All rights reserved.
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NetBSD 1.5.1 (GENERIC) #35: Mon Jul  2 16:07:03 MEST 2001
AlphaStation 200 4/166, 166MHz
8192 byte page size, 1 processor.
total memory = 16384 KB
(1264 KB reserved for PROM, 15120 KB used by NetBSD)
avail memory = 8504 KB
using 107 buffers containing 856 KB of memory
mainbus0 (root)
cpu0 at mainbus0: ID 0 (primary), 21064A-0 (unknown minor type 0)
apecs0 at mainbus0: DECchip 21071 Core Logic chipset
apecs0: DC21071-CA pass 2, 64-bit memory bus
apecs0: DC21071-DA pass 2
pci0 at apecs0 bus 0
pci0: i/o space, memory space enabled, rd/line, rd/mult, wr/inv ok
siop0 at pci0 dev 6 function 0: Symbios Logic 53c810 (fast scsi)
siop0: interrupting at isa irq 11
scsibus0 at siop0: 8 targets, 8 luns per target
sio0 at pci0 dev 7 function 0: Intel 82378ZB System I/O (SIO) (rev. 0x84)
de0 at pci0 dev 11 function 0
de0: interrupting at isa irq 5
de0: DEC 21040 [10Mb/s] pass 2.3
de0: address 08:00:2b:e7:b5:17
vga0 at pci0 dev 13 function 0: S3 Trio32/64 (rev. 0x00)
wsdisplay0 at vga0
isa0 at sio0
com0 at isa0 port 0x3f8-0x3ff irq 4: ns16550a, working fifo
com0: console
com1 at isa0 port 0x2f8-0x2ff irq 3: ns16550a, working fifo
pckbc0 at isa0 port 0x60-0x64
pckbd0 at pckbc0 (kbd slot)
pckbc0: using irq 1 for kbd slot
wskbd0 at pckbd0
pms0 at pckbc0 (aux slot)
pckbc0: using irq 12 for aux slot
wsmouse0 at pms0
lpt0 at isa0 port 0x3bc-0x3bf irq 7
pcppi0 at isa0 port 0x61
spkr0 at pcppi0
isabeep0 at pcppi0
fdc0 at isa0 port 0x3f0-0x3f7 irq 6 drq 2
fd0 at fdc0 drive 0: 1.44MB, 80 cyl, 2 head, 18 sec
mcclock0 at isa0 port 0x70-0x71: mc146818 or compatible
scsibus0: waiting 2 seconds for devices to settle...
sd0 at scsibus0 target 0 lun 0: <DEC, RZ26F    (C) DEC, 1Q0A> SCSI2
0/direct fix
siop0: target 0 now synchronous at 10.0Mhz, offset 8
sd0: 1001 MB, 3117 cyl, 8 head, 82 sec, 512 bytes/sect x 2050860 sectors
de0: enabling 10baseT port
cd0 at scsibus0 target 4 lun 0: <DEC, RRD45   (C) DEC, 1645> SCSI2 5/cdrom
siop0: target 4 asynchronous
root on sd0a dumps on sd0b
WARNING: clock gained 7305 days -- CHECK AND RESET THE DATE!
root file system type: ffs
Enter pathname of shell or RETURN for sh: