Subject: Re: Soekris
To: Andrew Gillham <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Jukka Marin <email@example.com>
Date: 05/08/2003 23:30:59
On Thu, May 08, 2003 at 10:28:02AM -0700, Andrew Gillham wrote:
> > 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.
> As a workaround you can hit space several times starting when you see the
> 5 second countdown to enter the monitor.
Ah. We'll try that. But I still hope there will be a real solution to
this (the Soekris boxen are spread over a large area and we only have
remote access to them>.
> > 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 have never noticed this problem. I have the latest BIOS and I am running
> -current. So it might be a 1.6.1 issue. Oh, I am running at 9600bps also.
We're using 38400 bps and 1.6.1. But 1.6.1 works Just Fine on other pc
hardware (well, that doesn't prove anything..).
> > 3. Ethernet problems. Both at 10 Mbps and 100 Mbps, it seems that received
> > packets are lost, which causes TCP retransmissions and short delays in
> > interactive shell use (and file transfer). I'm seeing these ?n syslog:
> My ethernet works great. This may be a result of the "short cable" patch
> that wasn't committed until recently. I don't believe it made it to 1.6.1.
> You can use cvsweb to diff 1.77 and 1.78 of if_sip.c.
Sami patched the 1.6.1 driver (imported the changes from -current), but
we are still seeing problems. Part of the problems _may_ be caused by
Realtek cards (although they have been working fine on my machines before,
AFAICT). We haven't been able to find a pattern yet.
> Get rid of the card. :) My 'SunDisk SDCFB-16' works fine. I can't remember
> if I tested my 64MB and 128MB cards. My 16MB card is a bit tight on space
> so I might be using one of the larger ones before too long.
Well, Kingston was cheap :) (Yeah, now we know why.) We use 128 MB cards
because they weren't all that expensive. We dropped base.tgz, etc.tgz,
man.tgz and a few packages from pkgsrc + our own config stuff on the card.
Sure, we could fit it all in 16 MB or so, but we saw no point in doing that.
With a 128 MB card, it will be easier to upgrade NetBSD (just extract the
new versions of the tarballs) without the need to manually tune the system
for minimum FLASH consumption.
> > 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.
> Sounds cool. Are you willing to send-pr it?
I think Sami's going to do something like that soon :)