Subject: Re: SyQuest Removables?
To: Vince Vielhaber <>
From: Jason Thorpe <>
List: port-hp300
Date: 10/08/1996 12:38:10
On Mon, 7 Oct 1996 18:51:04 -0500 (est) 
 Vince Vielhaber <> wrote:

 > Is it possible to create a bootable SyQuest EZ-135 with NetBSD on it
 > if not already running NetBSD (eg. from HP-UX or Linux or FreeBSD)??

It would be possible... on my TODO list is:

	* Write `generic UNIX' tool for dumping NetBSD boot program,
	  disklabel, and miniroot to HP-IB or SCSI disk.

I had a program about 3 years ago that did this, but it's since
been lost into the void somewhere...

I'm not sure when I'll get a chance to work on it (right now, I'm
elbow-deep in re-writing the root device detection code, and some
related changes to the boot code).  If you'd like to take a crack at
it, contact be via private mail (at, please).

 > For anyone not familiar, the SyQuest EZ-135 is a removable 135 MB SCSI
 > drive.  Micro Warehouse, PC-MALL, and a couple of others had/has them 
 > for about $100 (US) and cartridges are ~$22 in single lots.  They also
 > come in IDE and Parallel port, but that's not important here.

NetBSD/hp300 should be able to cope with the SyQuest... (Emphasis on
should; some folks have been having problems with disks not being
detected properly, which I also plan on looking at RSN..)

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