Subject: Re: Any possible use for this old 3600 ?? (DSSI etc)
To: Andre Ferreira <>
From: Douglas Meade <>
List: port-vax
Date: 02/22/2000 10:01:16

Actually, NetBSD does support DSSI.  I presume you have in your
machine the KFQSA controller.  Probably your best bet is to 
netboot the machine, from either a Linux 5.x machine, or from
another machine running NetBSD, and see if the kernel recognizes
the drives.  Then, if you're still sure you want to wipe that 
nice VMS, you can disklabel a drive, newfs it, and install
the NetBSD sets.  You should read Brian Chase's "The Vax
Network Booting HOWTO" at :


On Tue, 22 Feb 2000, Andre Ferreira wrote:

> Hi all
> I have recently rescued a MicroVax 3600 from the bin. This fellow consists
> of the standard BA213 enclosure, Ethernet interface (has AUI and thinwire,
> LANCE I think ??), TK50 DLT tape drive, 20 Megs of RAM and three 400 Meg
> DSSI drives. I also have an additional 400 Meg drive in an external cabinet
> (can also take three drives).
> The system currently has VMS installed (6.2), but I was looking to install
> NetBSD (being essentially a Un*x person)
> However, I have hit a bit of a blank. There seems to be no support for the
> DSSI stuff. Is there anything I can do with this chap. It would be a shame
> to waste all this good hardware.
> Any help appreciated
> Thanks
> Andre
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> Andre Ferreira
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