Subject: Re: Soekris
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, Port-i386 <email@example.com>
From: Peter Seebach <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 05/08/2003 05:02:27
In message <20030508095030.GA28031@pyy.embedtronics.fi>, Jukka Marin writes:
>1. The boot delay (5-sec countdown before kernel load) does not work.
> Soekris proceeds to load the kernel immediately, so we can't change
> the name of the kernel that is loaded.
Curiously, true also on VirtualPC. I don't know if that's a coincidence.
>2. Serial ports "duplicate" outgoing characters every now and then. When
> a character is duplicated, the previous character is lost. Example:
> kbc selftsst: ffffffff
I think I saw that once or twice, then I did nothing I remember and it
magically got better.
>The Kingston CF cards failed to boot completely until we changed the
>NetBSD bootloader to read only one sector at a time off the CF. Some
>other cards did not have this problem. Both cards report that only
>one sector can be read/written per command and both cards work OK
>under NetBSD, so I don't know why the original bootloader didn't work
>with the Kingston card.
BIOS issues, probably. FWIW, I've been told in the past that a lot of
non-SanDisk brands have problems like this.
>BTW, we have a simple driver for NetBSD 1.6 which can control the GPIO
>signals of the Soekris boards. We use it to strobe the external watchdog
>and reset external systems.