Michael Engel writes:
> 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
> Clearing memory
> (or was that "testing memory" ?
It's "Initialising memory", and it's not a standard Linux message.
I'm using Luc's standard printk method of debugging :-)
> 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
Yes, this is as far as my debugging has gone, and you will have
noticed several "Avoiding doing xxxx" messages that appear in sections
where I know there are still problems. I could be kind and add a call
to the boot prom to do a 'halt', but I couldn't be bothered because
this hanging-point keeps changing from one compile to another as I do
> 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
> > publication.
> Sounds good. I just wondered because DS3100 and 5000/200 documentation is
> on gatekeeper.
Yeah - it's weird, but just an artifact of history I think. The 3100
and 5000/200 documentation has actually helped a fair bit (along with
the source to MACH for the DECstations). I'm off to the US again next
weekend so I won't get a chance to do some more work on the DECstation
port for a few weeks.
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