Subject: Re: Could run NetBSD 3.x or 4.0 on AlphaServer 2100 ?
To: None <>
From: Michael L. Hitch <>
List: port-alpha
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
Computer Consultant
Information Technology Center
Montana State University	Bozeman, MT	USA