Just going through my collection of way too many slow SCSI CD-ROM and came across a HP-labelled Toshiba that still identifies as a Toshiba. Do early HP9000 machines need special firmware bits to boot successfully off of CD-ROMS (talking HP 9000/887-G70 era and HP9000/400s), or will any CD-ROM work? The Usual Suspects seem to be silent on the issue - other than any CD-ROM will work for DOMAIN/os (which doesn't support booting off CD-ROM anyway).
Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!
There are those who say I'm a bit of a curmudgeon. To them I reply: "GET OFF MY LAWN!"
There is no special firmware needed. third party cdroms will work fine. For PA-RISC this is true for all the boxes as long as they have SCSI and the necessary boot proms to boot from SCSI devices. For 68k, I'm sure 9000/400s are fine, but I wouldn't bet on all the ancient 9000/300s. I think the same block size issue like with Suns and SGIs also applies here.
Don't suffer from insanity... Enjoy every minute of it.
Yeah, I've only ever read of problems with CDROM booting of NeXTstep on hppa, but I expect those were due to block size issues. I've used various CDROMs with my PA-RISC systems and never had any issues with NeXTstep or HP-UX.