Subject: Re: VS4k90 PROM damage / Re: boot errors on VS4000
To: der Mouse <mouse@Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
From: Chuck McManis <>
List: port-vax
Date: 03/10/2002 22:21:18
You're right, and there never was a frame buffer on an 11/780 as far as I 
know. So its unfair to say "completely unsupported" however it would be 
more useful to note that X is not supported on any VAX platform and the 
4sK90's boot prom is at risk.

Being able to boot a machine into NetBSD is fun and often informative, but 
if someone had been booting NetBSD on a SPARCStation or a PC or even a MAC 
or an Amiga, they might be surprised in a negative way about what does and 
what doesn't work on the VAX. It would be useful if the web page reflected 
the limitations of the system on this platform.


At 12:18 AM 3/11/02 -0500, der Mouse wrote:
> >> [...VS4k PROM issues...]
> > This and the fact that there is no supported frame buffers for X
> > actually makes the "reality" that no VAX platform is fully supported
> > by NetBSD.
>I don't see how you get from the one to the other.
>I've got a MicroVAX-II that is, as far as I can tell, fully supported.
>It's not a VS4k, so the PROM issue doesn't apply, and it's got no
>framebuffer, so the framebuffer issue doesn't apply.  How is it less
>than fully supported?
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