Subject: Re: Could run NetBSD 3.x or 4.0 on AlphaServer 2100 ?
To: None <email@example.com>
From: Michael L. Hitch <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 04/13/2007 11:36:20
On Tue, 10 Apr 2007, Gianluca Bonetti wrote:
> I was sure that the booting procedure was good since I used many times on
> AS4100s so I looked around and found that AS2100 is not on the list of
> supported models for NetBSD.
> I did a mistake because once I spotted AS2100 on FreeBSD list and got
> confused my memory :)
> More specifically, when booting 4.0 here is the console output for
> uniprocessor kernel:
> My question is whether is it possible to run a version of NetBSD on a SMP
> configured AS2100.
> I got some confusing information by google search.
> It seems that AS2100 is not officially supported but someone got it to boot
> at least with older kernel.
> Maybe someone got a custom build of the kernel to boot on the machine and
> could gently provide me a config file for rebuild on another machine (or a
> binary build).
> I will be very happy to help in testing on AS2100 (and debugging, if possible
> to my skills)
> Any help or information would be appreciated.
I still have the console log file from when I attempted to boot a 2100A,
and it halted at the same point. It also seemed to have trouble
recovering after that, but I didn't proceed any further at the time.
I also remember trying to boot a 2100, and running into the problem of
it not recognizing that there was a vga console, and I didn't have
anything handy at the time for a serial console. The 2100A was booted
with a serial console.
Someday I want to dig either the 2100A or 2100 out and try debugging it.
I suspect it will take sprinkling lots of printfs through the code to
figure out where it's failing.
Michael L. Hitch email@example.com
Information Technology Center
Montana State University Bozeman, MT USA