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About NetBSD/hp300

NetBSD/hp300 is the port of NetBSD to Hewlett-Packard 9000 Series 300 and 400 workstations. It runs on almost all workstations from this generation. Series 700 and 800 workstations are supported by NetBSD/hppa.

NetBSD/hp300 is based on work done by David P. Davis at the University of California, Berkeley and the Systems Programming Group at the University of Utah Department of Computer Science, beginning in the mid-80's. It was imported into the NetBSD source tree on May 13, 1993. Special thanks are extended to David and the Systems Programming Group for their work. Without it, the port would not exist.

hp300 FAQ

Release Info

Mailing List

The NetBSD/hp300 mailing list, covering NetBSD's port to hp300 machine: [ subscribe | archive ]

Mail the NetBSD/hp300 port maintainer

Supported Hardware

All systems with a FPU are supported in NetBSD/hp300 (this excludes the 310 and 332). Systems marked with a "*" do not support the built-in framebuffer. You will need to set up a serial console on these machines.

The minimal configuration for a NetBSD/hp300 system requires 4M of RAM and about 40M of disk space. For a full installation (including source and X11), at least 8M of RAM and 200M of disk space are recommended.

Supported Systems


Series 400 machines must be configured in "HP-UX Compatible Boot Mode". Follow these instructions in the FAQ.

Some specific configurations of the above models don't support a local console. The 425e (and some rare 4XXt and 4XXdl machines) have their graphics device on the SGC bus, which is currently unsupported. Also, to use local console on a Series 400 workstation, you must currently use a HP-HIL keyboard/mouse (instead of Domain keyboard/mouse).

Supported Hardware

Devices (driver names in parenthesis) supported by NetBSD/hp300 include (list may not be complete):

Unsupported Hardware

The following HP workstations are not and will never be supported under NetBSD/hp300 due to extremely different architectures: 9000 Series 100, 9000 Series 200, 9000 Series 500, 9000 Series 600, 9000 Series 700, 9000 Series 800, 9000 Series 900, 3000 Series, Apollo DNXXXXX

Unsupported Devices

When you try booting from a system with a framebuffer that is not supported by NetBSD/hp300, the screen will turn black, and it will try using the serial port for the console.

Here are a few links that might be of interest to anyone with HP hardware not supported by NetBSD/hp300:

Additional Info

Known Problems/Wishlist

Known problems with this port (aside from the missing/poor drivers listed below):

Items that already have support, but need to be rewritten.

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