Subject: DECsystem 5900 success story
To: None <port-pmax@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Toru Nishimura <>
List: port-pmax
Date: 04/23/1997 18:50:07
Hi, all.

Today I had a chance to boot NetBSD/pmax with DECsystem 5900, and
ended with fine result.

For those who donno DS5900, it is 19" rack mounted large beast in the
age of TurboChannel and MIPS processors in Digital's product history.
Our DS5900 is fully loaded with hardware gadgets; a bunch of 2GB 5" FH
RZ58, CD-ROM drive, 4mm DAT drive and TC FDDI option.  Now I'm
confident with NetBSD/pmax can work well with such a large system.

Here is the boot message;

Using PROM serial output until serial drivers initialized
Copyright (c) 1982, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1993
    The Regents of the University of California.  All rights reserved.

NetBSD 1.2D (GENERIC) #2: Wed Apr 23 15:27:38 JST 1997
real mem = 134217728
avail mem = 116076544
using 3276 buffers containing 13418496 bytes of memory
mainbus0 (root)
cpu0 at mainbus0: MIPS R3000 CPU Rev. 3.0 with MIPS R3010 FPC Rev. 4.0
tc0 at mainbus0: 25 MHz clock
asic0 at tc0 slot 3 offset 0x0
le0 at asic0 offset 0xc0000 priority 4: address 08:00:2b:32:c0:03
le0: 32 receive buffers, 8 transmit buffers
scc0 at asic0 offset 0x100000 priority 6scc1 at asic0 offset 0x180000 priority 5 (In sccattach: cn_dev = 0x1102) (Unit = 1): consoleclock0 at asic0 offset 0x200000 priority 0
asc0 at asic0 offset 0x300000 priority 3: target 7
device PMAZ-AA  at tc0 slot 2 offset 0x0 not configured
device PMAZ-AA  at tc0 slot 1 offset 0x0 not configured
device PMAF-AA  at tc0 slot 0 offset 0x0 not configured
Beginning old-style SCSI device autoconfiguration
rz0 at asc0 drive 0 slave 0 DEC RZ58     (C) DEC rev 2000, 2698061 512 byte blocks
rz1 at asc0 drive 1 slave 0 DEC RZ58     (C) DEC rev 3000, 2698061 512 byte blocks
rz2 at asc0 drive 2 slave 0 DEC RZ58     (C) DEC rev 2000, 2698061 512 byte blocks
rz3 at asc0 drive 3 slave 0 DEC RZ58     (C) DEC rev 2000, 2698061 512 byte blocks
rz4 at asc0 drive 4 slave 0 DEC RZ25     (C) DEC rev 0900, 832527 512 byte blocks
rz5 at asc0 drive 5 slave 0 DEC RRD42   (C) DEC rev 4.5d, 0 0 byte blocks
tz0 at asc0 drive 6 slave 0 DEC TLZ06     (C)DEC rev 0374
tz0: assuming GENERIC SCSI tape device
boot device: rz4
root on rz4a swap on rz4b
root file system type: ffs

My report of NetBSD/pmax on DECsystem 5900 is the first and probably
the last, because the 5900s (we had two units: four computers in 2
racks) is to be moved away from our computer room in next few days.

As I experienced serial console weirdness during multi user mode I'm
going to track the issue farther with my DS5000/25.

Well, "it works!"

Toru Nishimura
Nara Institute of Science and Technology