> > a friend of mine and I recently acquired two DecStations 5000/120 in working
> > condition (for free :)). After stealing 16 MB out of a dead DS3100, both
> > machines work fine with a terminal connected to serial port 2 as console.
Now comes the best thing. I managed to boot the DS5000 via tftp from a Linux/
intel system (no problem, I've set up diskless Sun client for years :)) and
tried to boot linux-1.3.62.dec.tar.gz from ftp.softway.com.au and - voila! -
it started to spill out messgaes on the console ! The system is correctly
detected as DecStation 5000/1xx and continues to boot (I haven't got the
exact messages, but I can reproduce them) until the line
(or was that "testing memory" ? I did all that last Friday and had to struggle
with a different MIPS box - a Siemens MX400 (running SINIX - urgh !)) over
the weekend ...) appears.
Then the system hangs and doesn't even react when pressing the reset button
on the back, I have to switch power to bring the DS5000 back to life.
But I was very impressed that I came this far !!! Fine work !
[availability of DS5000/120 documentation]
> The reason you can't find them is that they are not publically available.
> DEC has made them available to individuals at different times but has
> not published them. This is about to change however, as my good friend
> John "Maddog" Hall at DEC is getting them cleaned up and approved for
Sounds good. I just wondered because DS3100 and 5000/200 documentation is
> Stay tuned to this exciting channel... in fact, I may well be able to
> visit maddog personally next week while I'm in the area so I'll try
> to get an update.
Michael Engel (email@example.com)