Subject: Re: thin laptop recommendations
To: Kevin Sullivan <>
From: Brian Stark <>
List: current-users
Date: 05/31/2000 14:42:29
On Wed, 31 May 2000, Kevin Sullivan wrote:

> I'm in the market for a new laptop, preferably one of the thin ~3 pound
> ones like the superslim Sony Vaios.  Can anyone recommend one which
> behaves well with NetBSD?
> Aside from NetBSD-compatibility, I'd like one which can be seen in bright
> light.  My current laptop, a Thinkpad 560, washes out very easily.

I have a Sony VAIO PCG-N505VX and it is running the 5/27/2000 snapshot of
NetBSD-current. Using the built-in mouse is awkward with XFree86 3.3.6
so I have it configured to use a USB mouse. 

The built-in modem is not supported by NetBSD (If you get one with an
external port replicator you can connect it to an external modem). The
sound card only works in half duplex mode. I also can't access the USB
floppy drive when booting from the internal hard drive, but booting from
the USB floppy works (strange!).

Aside from those problems I have been pretty happy with it.

Appended below you will find the output from 'dmesg' on my system.


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NetBSD 1.4Z (PALOMINO) #0: Tue May 30 11:22:09 PDT 2000
cpu0: family 6 model 6 step a
cpu0: Intel Pentium II (Celeron) (686-class)
total memory = 127 MB
avail memory = 112 MB
using 1658 buffers containing 6632 KB of memory
BIOS32 rev. 0 found at 0xfd8a0
PCI BIOS rev. 2.1 found at 0xfd9be
pcibios: config mechanism [1][x], special cycles [x][x], last bus 0
PCI IRQ Routing Table rev. 1.0 found at 0xfdf60, size 128 bytes (6
PCI Interrupt Router at 000:07:0 (Intel 82371FB PCI-to-ISA Bridge (PIIX))
  device vendor product pin PIRQ   IRQ stage
000:07:2 0x8086 0x7112  D   0x03   09  1
000:08:0 0x104d 0x8039  A   0x03   09  1
000:09:0 0x1073 0x0010  A   0x02   09  1
000:10:0 0x10c8 0x0005  A   0x00   03  0
000:11:0 0x127a 0x2005  A   0x00   03  0
000:12:0 0x1180 0x0475  A   0x01   09  1
PCI bridge 0: primary 0, secondary 1, subordinate 1
PCI bus #1 is the last bus
mainbus0 (root)
pci0 at mainbus0 bus 0: configuration mode 1
pci0: i/o space, memory space enabled
pchb0 at pci0 dev 0 function 0
pchb0: Intel 82443BX Host Bridge/Controller (AGP disabled) (rev. 0x03)
pcib0 at pci0 dev 7 function 0
pcib0: Intel 82371AB PCI-to-ISA Bridge (PIIX4) (rev. 0x02)
pciide0 at pci0 dev 7 function 1: Intel 82371AB IDE controller
(PIIX4) (rev. 0x01)
pciide0: bus-master DMA support present
pciide0: primary channel wired to compatibility mode
wd0 at pciide0 channel 0 drive 0: <TOSHIBA MK6412MAT>
wd0: drive supports 16-sector pio transfers, lba addressing
wd0: 6194 MB, 13424 cyl, 15 head, 63 sec, 512 bytes/sect x 12685680
wd0: 32-bit data port
wd0: drive supports PIO mode 4, DMA mode 2, Ultra-DMA mode 2
pciide0: primary channel interrupting at irq 14
wd0(pciide0:0:0): using PIO mode 4, Ultra-DMA mode 2 (using DMA data
pciide0: secondary channel wired to compatibility mode
pciide0: disabling secondary channel (no drives)
uhci0 at pci0 dev 7 function 2: Intel 82371AB USB Host Controller
(PIIX4) (rev. 0x01)
uhci0: interrupting at irq 9
usb0 at uhci0: USB revision 1.0
uhub0 at usb0
uhub0: Intel UHCI root hub, class 9/0, rev 1.00/1.00, addr 1
uhub0: 2 ports with 2 removable, self powered
Intel 82371AB Power Management Controller (PIIX4) (miscellaneous bridge,
revision 0x03) at pci0 dev 7 function 3 not configured
Sony CXD3222 OHCI i.LINK(IEEE 1394) PCI controller (Firewire serial bus,
interface 0x10, revision 0x02) at pci0 dev 8 function 0 not config
Yamaha 744 (DS-1S) Audio (audio multimedia, revision 0x02) at pci0 dev 9
function 0 not configured
vga1 at pci0 dev 10 function 0: Neomagic MagicMedia 256AV VGA (rev. 0x20)
wsdisplay0 at vga1: console (80x25, vt100 emulation)
Rockwell Semiconductor Systems product 0x2005 (miscellaneous
communications, revision 0x01) at pci0 dev 11 function 0 not configured
cbb0 at pci0 dev 12 function 0: Ricoh 5C475 PCI-CardBus bridge (rev. 0x80)
isa0 at pcib0
com0 at isa0 port 0x3f8-0x3ff irq 4: ns16550a, working fifo
pckbc0 at isa0 port 0x60-0x64
pckbd0 at pckbc0 (kbd slot)
pckbc0: using irq 1 for kbd slot
wskbd0 at pckbd0: console keyboard, using wsdisplay0
pms0 at pckbc0 (aux slot)
pckbc0: using irq 12 for aux slot
wsmouse0 at pms0 mux 0
lpt0 at isa0 port 0x378-0x37b irq 7
sb0 at isa0 port 0x220-0x237 irq 5 drq 1: dsp v3.01
audio0 at sb0: half duplex, mmap, independent
midi0 at sb0: SB MIDI UART
opl0 at sb0: model OPL3
midi1 at opl0: SB Yamaha OPL3
pcppi0 at isa0 port 0x61
midi2 at pcppi0: PC speaker
sysbeep0 at pcppi0
isapnp0 at isa0 port 0x279: ISA Plug 'n Play device support
npx0 at isa0 port 0xf0-0xff: using exception 16
pcic0 at isa0 port 0x3e0-0x3e1 iomem 0xd0000-0xdffff
pcic0: controller 0 (Intel 82365SL Revision 1) has socket A only
pcic0: controller 1 (Intel 82365SL Revision 1) has no sockets
pcmcia0 at pcic0 controller 0 socket 0
isapnp0: no ISA Plug 'n Play devices found
cbb0: interrupting at irq 9
cbb0: cacheline 0x0 lattimer 0x20
cbb0: bhlc 0x21000 lscp 0x20010100
cardslot0 at cbb0 slot 0 flags 0
cardbus0 at cardslot0: bus 1 device 0 cacheline 0x0, lattimer 0x20
pcmcia1 at cardslot0
apm0 at mainbus0: Power Management spec V1.2
biomask ef4d netmask ef4d ttymask ffcf
pcic0: controller 0 detecting irqs with mask 0xdeb8:
pcic0: no available irq; polling for socket events
ex0 at cardbus0 dev 0 function 0: 3Com 3c575B-TX Ethernet
ex0: interrupting at 9
ex0: MAC address 00:50:da:99:e6:ae
tqphy0 at ex0 phy 0: 78Q2120 10/100 media interface, rev. 11
tqphy0: 10baseT, 100baseTX, auto
ums0 at uhub0 port 1 configuration 1 interface 0
ums0: Primax Electronics Sony PCGA-UMS1, rev 1.00/4.41, addr 2, iclass 3/1
ums0: 3 buttons and Z dir.
wsmouse1 at ums0 mux 0
boot device: wd0
root on wd0a dumps on wd0b
root file system type: ffs
wsdisplay0: screen 1 added (80x25, vt100 emulation)
wsdisplay0: screen 2 added (80x25, vt100 emulation)
wsdisplay0: screen 3 added (80x25, vt100 emulation)
wsdisplay0: screen 4 added (80x25, vt100 emulation)
wsmux1: connecting to wsdisplay0