Subject: Re: Night madness?
To: Mason Loring Bliss <>
From: Roger Brooks <>
List: current-users
Date: 07/02/1999 10:48:40
On Fri, 2 Jul 1999, Mason Loring Bliss wrote:

>On Fri, Jul 02, 1999 at 05:17:08AM -0400, Dave McGuire wrote:
>>   You weren't, umm, smoking anything interesting before heading to bed, were
>> you? ;-)
>On another note, the mainboard is a "SuperPower" SP-586TB. AWARD GREEN Plug
>and Pray BIOS, and, for whatever this is worth, "Intel 82430TX, Winbond
>83977TF Super I/O" chipset. Maybe someone can tell me if this is supposed
>to be musical - the manual doesn't mention anything.

The idea which immediately springs to mind is that some programmer working
on the BIOS had a warped sense of humour, and shoved some code like

    if( some_ungodly_hour_in_morning && machine_up > SOME_LIMIT )

Of course the problem with this is that NetBSD doesn't use the BIOS once
booted, although doesn't apm use some 32-bit BIOS code?  If you have apm
configured in your kernel, could you try building a new kernel without it
and turning off APM in the BIOS and see if that shuts the bloody thing up?


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