[Wanted] Is the DECStation 5000/25 bios allowed to share

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[Wanted] Is the DECStation 5000/25 bios allowed to share

Unread postby lucky7456969 » Tue Nov 11, 2014 9:00 pm

If it is allowed to share, and if you wish, please share with me.
Otherwise, just forget it.
Don't know if the rom image is copyrighted or not?
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Re: [Wanted] Is the DECStation 5000/25 bios allowed to share

Unread postby smj » Tue Nov 11, 2014 10:05 pm

You mean like this one here?

The Personal DECstation 5000/25 is a MIPS-based workstation. You are aware it's not going to run Windows, right? Forgive me if you already know that, it's just odd to have somebody requesting "BIOS" for a MIPS-based workstation... Is there a specific problem you've run into that you think later firmware than what's already loaded would correct?
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Re: [Wanted] Is the DECStation 5000/25 bios allowed to share

Unread postby lucky7456969 » Tue Nov 11, 2014 10:36 pm

hello smj,
glad to hear a quick response, did you mean decstation 5000/25 hasn't got any firmware inside?
If so, thanks a lot for telling me that. I have been looking for it as if it was there


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Re: [Wanted] Is the DECStation 5000/25 bios allowed to share

Unread postby smj » Wed Nov 12, 2014 12:12 am

All DECstations have firmware, but none of them provide the kind of window-driven setup that PC BIOS does. While there's usually nothing wrong with updating to the last released firmware, there's also usually not a lot to be gained unless you've run into a specific problem and found an indication that a different firmware release will fix it. By and large, the firmware on these systems does little more than load and execute software (from disk, tape, CD, or the network), examine/modify memory, dump the processor state, manage a few variables in NVRAM, and perhaps a few other low-level tasks.

Let me ask a different question - what do you expect to do with any DECstation firmware you can find?
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Re: [Wanted] Is the DECStation 5000/25 bios allowed to share

Unread postby lucky7456969 » Wed Nov 12, 2014 2:03 am

smj wrote:Let me ask a different question - what do you expect to do with any DECstation firmware you can find?


:) I will pop it into an emulator called gxemul, it is not easy to compile. But it took me half a year or so...
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Re: [Wanted] Is the DECStation 5000/25 bios allowed to share

Unread postby ClassicHasClass » Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:07 am

Really? It built out of the box for me on my G5.
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Re: [Wanted] Is the DECStation 5000/25 bios allowed to share

Unread postby foetz » Wed Nov 12, 2014 2:10 pm

ClassicHasClass wrote:Really? It built out of the box for me on my G5.

same here, not a single prob even without gcc

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Re: [Wanted] Is the DECStation 5000/25 bios allowed to share

Unread postby lucky7456969 » Mon Nov 24, 2014 2:39 am

I actually once completed compiling it successfully, but I messed it up again. So it took some time again


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