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RE: linux on PERSONAL DECstation5000/33

To: Kristoff Bonne <>
Subject: RE: linux on PERSONAL DECstation5000/33
From: Harald Koerfgen <>
Date: Sat, 09 May 1998 17:48:03 +0200 (MEST)
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Reply-to: "Harald Koerfgen" <>
Hello Kristoff,

On 07-May-98 Kristoff Bonne wrote:
> Greetings,
> I've tried booting a linux-kernel on my personal DECstation 5000/33, but it 
> failed.
> What I did was this:
> - I FTPed the binary image of the 2.1.14pl2 kernel from 
> - copied it onto the rz-25 drive of my DS5000 (currently running NetBSD 1.2), 
> and called it 'vmlinux'
> - did a 'halt' and 'boot 3/rz4/vmlinux'.
> - I got the following messages:
> 3/rz4/vmlinux: bad magic 40162
> Can't boot '3/rz4/vmlinux'
> Is this because I copied the file onto my disk (and hence don't use TFTP)

No, this method works with proper kernel images. I am using this to test 
kernels on
my DS 5000/240, which doesn't boot via tftp. I guess there is something wrong 
the binary image, maybe still zipped?

> Is there somewhere a 'HOWTO' on how to start with linux/MIPS?

No, not yet. The Documentation on is all we have.
> (I have a sun sitting just next to my dec-station. What's the fasted way to 
> set 
> up a bootp and tftp on a sun running solaris 2.6)

I'm afraid I am not able to help you with this.
> Cheerio! Kr. Bonne.
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