Subject: Re: novice needs a hand...
To: der Mouse <mouse@Holo.Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
From: Louis C. Watta <>
List: port-hp300
Date: 10/25/1996 07:41:45
der Mouse wrote:
> I've just acquired a handful of hp300 hardware and, of course, I'd like
> to run NetBSD on it.
> The problem is _getting_ NetBSD on it.  The boot ROMs are rev A2, which
> presumably is earlier than the Rev C that the INSTALL document says is
> needed to load SYS_INST over the net.
> However, among the disks is one with a (fairly old, but bootable) HP-UX
> installation on it.  There are two other disks that can be used as work
> disks - I'm not about to touch the one known-working boot disk now. :-)
> The problem is, the install document does not describe any way of
> installing on such a setup.  There is a tape drive, but it seems to be
> broken - HP-UX seems incapable of writing SYS_INST to it, at any rate.
> And besides the above indication, I have no reason to think the boot
> ROMs know how to load it from the network.  I tried, first with rbootd
> on a NetBSD/sparc machine, then with rbootd not running and instead
> simply using tcpdump to see if the hp300 was sending _anything_, which
> as far as I can tell it's not.
> I imagine that once I get SYS_INST running I'll be OK, but that first
> step seems to be a biggie.  I tried using lifcp to copy SYS_INST to
> what I presume is the boot area of one of the "scratch" disks (which
> already had something called SYS_PBOOT there), but then the ROMs found
> neither that nor the SYS_PBOOT they found before.  But I don't know
> enough about the hp300 boot sequence to know what's really going on
> here.
> Anyone got the time, knowledge, and inclination to help me stop
> stumbling around in the dark?  I'd sure appreciate it.
> I've sent in a subscribe request to port-hp300, but haven't gotten an
> ack back from majordomo yet.  So I'd appreciate it if replies could be
> sent directly to me, rather than counting on the list to get to me.
>                                         der Mouse
>                      01 EE 31 F6 BB 0C 34 36  00 F3 7C 5A C1 A0 67 1D

If you have a working HP-UX disk then you should be able to at least
load NetBSD 1.0, and then upgrade from there. I'd look at the install
notes for installing 1.0. Should be available  on any of the mirrors or
on  If you can't find them let me know an I'll send them
to you.

Louis Watta  ---> working better now.