Subject: Re: VS II/RC funzies... what are the pieces?
To: Brian Chase <>
From: NetBSD Bob <>
List: port-vax
Date: 02/01/2000 12:05:59
> On Mon, 31 Jan 2000, Chuck McManis wrote:
> > At 02:33 PM 1/31/00 -0500, NetBSD Bob wrote:
> > >Progress report on the MVII funzies..... so far nil.....(:+{{.....
> > 	[problems snipped]

And still..... nil.....(:+{{...

> > I _know_ the DQ696 works on 1.4.1 because I use on in my uVAX III and
> > VS3200. Call Bob DeGroy at DLI/Dilog (949) 476-7171 and ask him to FAX you
> > the configuration and setup pages from the manual for the 696.
> Yeah, and I tested the 1.4.1 boot/install from TK-50 on MicroVAX II's with
> Dilog SQ706A and DEC RQDX3 controllers.  And then I also tested it on an
> MV3600 with the DEC SDI disk controllers.  
> I'd suspect your troubles are with the controller, the drives, or their
> cabling, and not the NetBSD/vax 1.4.1 stuff.  Unless there are driver
> issues with your particular controller (I'm not aware of any though).

I did a total strip and rebuild on the box, taking care to clean all
contacts on boards, etc., the same kind of thing we used to do periodically
on the old S-100 bus crates, then did 5 passes on the low-level formatter.
The b dua9 did not work, but poking and jumping to the prom did (Thanks

Finally, it took a disklabel, and sysinstall worked.

Alas, %$#*&@!, it died on a mchek memory error and aborted to prom.

I did get it as far an ftp install pulling files off the server, but
when it hit the memory that was bad, it nuked and aborted to prom.
After swapping ram boards, positions, and test boots/installed, it
seems the 8M ram board has a bad chip.  I tried installing on 3M ram
(base 1M and a 2M board), but it also ran out of memory and dumped.
It did not seem a chip problem, but that it would not install in
3M ram.

So.... anyone got a spare ram board for a MVII?

Or.... anyone need any MVII parts?

I have spent too much time on the dinosaur, for what it is.  But, I did
get my five buckeroos of play fun and vaxlearn out of it......(:+}}...
I'll take a plebian MV3100/10 over that MVII anyday!

So, I'll keep the TK50 for spares, and the ESDI drive for use in my ROMP
or my Suntoyz, but the rest of the beast is up for grabs.  Someone holler
for whichever boards they need......