Imaging DEC uVAX MFM drives
oldcpu at rogerwilco.org
Wed Aug 30 21:10:22 CDT 2006
Doc Shipley wrote:
> My MOPD server is an Athlon running Debian. The only system I have
> that won't boot from it is my DEC5000, which has a known bug (quirk?)
> in its firmware.
Well, I do have some familiarity with Debian, with a couple of boxes
around here currently running it, so that sounds like an option...
But let me offer just a quick update to everyone that was kind enough to
respond to my dilemma:
Since I already have an image of the VAXstation 3100-m38's SCSI (RZ23)
drive, I figured I'd take the big leap, power it up, and see what
happens, hoping for VMS so that I could borrow a page from Allison, and
do some remote booting of VMS systems.
Turn out (after I learned a wee little bit about the Console System ---
boy this is going to be a steep learning curve!) that the hard drive is
setup with Ultrix 4.1, *but* in the end it won't fully boot. It gets
partially through the boot sequence (how far I don't know with zero
experience with Ultrix) and then hangs. Here's the output I see:
Ultrixboot - V4.1 Tue Aug 28 09:23:58 EDT 1990
Loading (a)vmunix ...
text = 630736
data = 100864
bss = 484856
Starting at 0x2b31
ULTRIX V4.1 (Rev. 40) System #1: Wed Jul 24 09:22:22 MDT 1991
real mem = 8269824
avail mem = 5427200
using 201 buffers containing 826368 bytes of memory
KA420 processor with an FPU
sdc0 at uba0 csr 0x200c0000 vec 0x1fc, ipl 0x14
rx2 at sdc0 slave 2
scsi0 at uba0 csr 0x200c0000 vec 0x1fc, ipl 0x14
rz3 at scsi0 slave 3 (RZ23)
sg0 at uba0 csr 0x3c000000 vec 0x44, ipl 0x14
ss0 at uba0 csr 0x200a0000 vec 0xc0, ipl 0x14
ln0 at ibus0 csr 0x200e0000 vec 0x50, ipl 0x14
ln0: DEC LANCE Ethernet interface, hardware address: 08:00:2b:0e:44:22
Wed Nov 6 15:20:35 MST 1996
Automatic reboot in progress...
/dev/rz3a: 565 files, 8562 used, 6761 free (209 frags, 819 blocks, 1.4%
/dev/rrz3g: 3112 files, 41965 used, 7314 free (1234 frags, 760 blocks,
check quotas: done.
savecore: checking for dump...dump does not exist
RPC port mapper: portmap.
NFS daemons: biod
mounting NFS directories:nfs_mount: mod:/mode/users server not
nfs_mount: backgrounding /mode/users
nfs_mount: wave:/export/wave server not responding: port mapper failure
- rpc tt
nfs_mount: backgrounding /wave
local daemons: syslog sendmail ntpd
preserving editor files
standard daemons: update cron accounting network snmpd printer.
start errlog daemon - elcsd
Wed Nov 6 :27 MST 1996
/usr/lib/lpd: slate: cannot chdir to /usr/spool/printers/slate
/usr/lib/lpd: hobbes: cannot chdir to /usr/spool/priners/hobbes
At this point the system just hangs right there. I never get any kind
of login prompt or any other messages. Looks like it's really wanting
some NFS volumes that no longer are available.
I can enter ^C on the keyboard and get back to the console, and even
CONTINUE but nothing else happens. I think the hardware is good,
though, after getting this far.
I think at this point that I'll replace the RZ23 with a scratch 1GB
drive that I have hanging around, and try to get NetBSD installed. I'm
hoping that from that point I'll be able to netboot the other uVAXen
from this system, and then use dd to get the drive images before trying
to boot them.
Maybe, back to Doc's comment, I can remote boot NetBSD from a Debian
box, and get the NetBSD installed that way. More reading/research to do
Thanks to all, and all further suggestions are welcome.
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