Subject: Note on booting VS3100 from SCSI drives.
To: NetBSD/vax Mailing List <>
From: Brian D Chase <>
List: port-vax
Date: 07/30/1999 18:50:50
Just a bit of data we stumbled across when testing some things out for the
1.4.1 release.  Maybe some people already know this, but if not... You can
actually boot from SCSI drives under 1.4 and 1.4.1-pre -- but you're
REALLY going to want to be using 1.4.1-pre or 1.4.1 when it's out.  And
you must use one of the 1.4.1-pre kernels with the SCSI disconnect hack.

Boot from the VAXstation 3100's boot prom (just an example):

  >>> boot dka0 

And then when you get to the 2nd stage bootloader countdown, press <space>
to drop to the bootloader prompt and type:
  > boot rom()netbsd -d

This gets the kernel up and running.  You'll be prompted for a root device
so use sd0 or sd1 or whatever device you've setup to contain your root

Brian "JARAI" Chase | | VAXZilla LIVES!!!