Subject: Re: more info and questions on the netbooting
To: bart sikkes <>
From: Ken Wellsch <>
List: port-vax
Date: 10/17/2000 15:38:39
bart sikkes wrote:

> First of all show dev doesn't work on a microvax II, you don't even want to
> know how you have to look up your ethernet address.

The uVAX-II is too old the have much in the way of a PROM monitor.  I used to
use the basic uVAX diagnostic floppies to test out such boxen.

> Here is the requested dmesg, we had to type it over because dmesg doesn't
> work in de boot.ram kernel

Can you cat /kern/msgbuf?  I'm so used to the i386 port where I do that I
know whether the VAX port has the same available and mounted on install.

> dz0 at uba0 csr 160100 vec 304 ipl 17

Okay, basic serial card (four port I think).

> mtc0 at uba0 csr 174500 vec 774 ipl 17
> mscpbus0 at mtc0: version 5 model 3
> mscpbus0: DMA burst size set to 4
> mt0 at mscpbus0 drive 0: TK50

TK50 controller and card I think.

> qe0 at uba0 csr 174440 vec 770 ipl 17
> qe0: deqna, hardware address 08:00:2B:02:B5:87

DEQNA EtherNet.  As it says.

But no disk controller encountered it seems.

This may mean the controller is jumpered
to some non-standard CSR or doesn't exist.

> This doesn't really tell me anything. Nothing that i can find a harddisk in
> that is. What is my harddisk or don't i have one.

Well, rather than rely on the kernel, what does a physical inspection
indicate?  What type of box is your uVAX-II living in?

A BA23 is a narrow chassis that often stands like a tower, about 10-15 cm
While a BA123 is a floor chassis that is roughly rack width but free standing
on rolling castors.  They can also be rack mounted - I recall this config was
the equivalent to two BA23's strapped together and mounted horizontally.

> Another weird problem we have is the booting. We have to try to boot serval
> times before it works. Most of the time we get:
> >> NetBSD/vax boot [Aug 13 1999 20:18:28] <<
> >> Press any key to abort autoboot 5
> > boot netbsd
> Trying BOOTP
> Using IP address:
> myip:  (, gateip:, mask:
> root addr= path=/export/vaxclient/root
> ?06 HLT INST
>     PC = 00000001
> >>>
> and sometimes it just boots. Is this a known problem?

Sorry, I don't know the history of what you are booting (e.g. what release
of NetBSD/VAX and from what you are netbooting from).  I recently played
with the current 1.5_ALPHA2 snapshot via netbooting and that worked okay
for me on a couple different VAXen.


-- Ken