Subject: Re: DS5000/125 difficulty with monitor
To: None <port-pmax@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Anne Bennett <email@example.com>
Date: 05/01/1997 13:41:59
I described a problem thus:
>>> I was trying to install netbsd-1.2 (pmax) on a DECstation 5000/125,
>>> using the miniroot method, but when I tried to boot the miniroot, after
>>> telling me the sizes of the kernel and claiming at was starting at
>>> "blah" address, it started methodically writing garbage to the top half
>>> or so of my screen and "sort of" scrolling it (i.e. "scrolling" the top
>>> The graphics card is a PMAG-AA (according to cnfg), and the model
maximum entropy <firstname.lastname@example.org> stated:
>> The PMAG-AA (mfb) frame buffer driver in 1.2 is broken. I submitted
>> some patches a while back which I believe have been integrated (in
>> modified form) into -current and recent binary snapshots.
Matthew Schnierle <email@example.com> added:
> I experienced the same problem on a 5000/125 with a pmag-b. It seemed that
> the mfb console driver was broken, up until a few weeks ago, when patches
> were submitted and (I believe) integrated into -current.
> If you have another pmax running netbsd, you could roll a nfsinstall kernel
> from -current and boot it over the network.
> Personally, I had been running the thing headless from a vt100 until the mfb
> stuff was tinkered with. If you have an old vt terminal or a 386 with
> kermit, you could just boot the thing headless, roll a -current kernel, then
> switch to the console.
Great, I'll try one of the above. I've been meaning to learn how to upgrade
to "current" anyway. :-)
Ms. Anne Bennett firstname.lastname@example.org (514) 848-7606
Computing Services, Concordia University, Montreal QC, Canada H3G 1M8