RZ56 Help needed

From: Roger Ivie <IVIE_at_cc.usu.edu>
Date: Fri Dec 3 15:08:59 1999

>I am trying to install NetBSD on my MicroVAX 3100. I would like to
>install it on the RZ56 which is in its own expansion box. The problem,
>or so I am told, is that the drive as it is needs to be told to spin up
>and NetBSD doesn't do that.
>It has been suggested that there might be a jumper to tell it to spin up
>automatically. Does anyone here know if that is the case, and if so,
>where it is?

Hmm. I didn't have any luck with the RZ56 and the MicroVAX 3100. I never
had any time to track it down.

As a first attempt to see if it will work at all, you can do a
SHOW DEV at the >>> prompt to get the console to spin up all the
disks. It's been my experience that NetBSD hangs while trying to
probe the SCSI bus if there's an RZ56 on the SCSI bus.

I'm not aware of a jumper that makes the RZ56 spin up, but there is a
setting in one of the mode pages. There was a program under Ultrix called
rzdisk that allowed you to, among other things, tell the drives to spin
up at power on. I think there was a similar program for Alpha/VMS as well.

Roger Ivie
Received on Fri Dec 03 1999 - 15:08:59 GMT

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