NetBSD Boot tape for MVII

From: Matthew Sell <>
Date: Wed Mar 13 11:01:30 2002


I'm no authority on the MicroVax II, but don't you have to specify the
file to boot from?

I believe if you specify a boot flag of "1", that you will be prompted for
the file to load.

On my Microvax 3100, and my 4000's - if you specify,

"b/1 esa0" or "b/1 eza0", then I will be prompted to enter the file to boot
from MOP via ethernet.

I guess you would "b/1 mka500" .

(I think). I hope this at least helps you some - if not, maybe steer you
into another direction that gets you to where you are going.

If you find the answer, please post it. I'd like to know as well.

         - Matt

At 10:07 AM 3/13/2002 -0600, you wrote:
> Yes, I Read The Freaking Manual. I Googled. I went so far as to
>peruse the ClassicCmp mailing list archives. *Those* people are
> I think the DEQNA board is dead, even before I started moving things
>around on the QBus. (Yes, there'll be Yet Another "Broke My QBus" Post)
>I haven't ever been able to get it even to light up the AUI terminator.
> Next choice is to boot NetBSD off the TK50.
> I have NetBSD running on the VS4000/60 and a TK50Z-GA that works. I
>can tar to /dev/rst0 and then retrieve the archive all day long. When
>my boot tape wouldn't boot on the MV, I wondered if its TK50 is toast,
>so I've been trying to boot the 4000 to test the tape.
> All the sources say to:
># dd if=boot.fs of=/dev/nrst0
># mt -f /dev/nrst0 rewoffl
> Then to boot from the tape:
> >>> b/3 MKA500 ## on the VS4000
> The tape saws around for a minute or so, shows;
> then rewinds and aborts to console
> >>>
> Trying it on the MVII gets essentially the same results. No
>meaningful error message, just the HALT instruction.
> A clue would be greatly appreciated.
> Doc

Matthew Sell
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