Subject: Re: VIA EPIA PD6000 and 2nd stage bootloader
To: None <>
From: Teemu Rinta-aho <>
List: current-users
Date: 11/18/2004 14:42:19
Hi again,

I found out that there's already a PR on this (#26007).

Does it matter if I use the bootloader from 1.6
but the -current kernel until we find a solution
to this problem?


Teemu Rinta-aho wrote:
> Hi all,
> I got myself a VIA EPIA PD6000 motherboard (mini-ITX,
> x86-compatible Eden C3 processor, 2 x ethernet,
> 256MB RAM, etc.). My plan is to install NetBSD on
> that and set it up as a firewall.
> After having put everything together, seeing that
> the BIOS is OK, memory is OK, the 20GB HDD is OK,
> I got a mug of coffee, -current boot1.fs
> on a floppy disk and the thought of giving
> a birth to another beautiful NetBSD installation
> on my mind :-)
> Well, it didn't work out as in the movies.
> The only thing I got on the screen was:
> NetBSD/i386 ustarfs Primary Bootstrap
> then the multisync monitor clicked three-four
> times and the system rebooted.
> The problem is *not* the kernel, *not* the
> installation media, but it seems to be the second stage
> bootloader. Now, I will debug it myself but
> to boost things, I'd really appreciate if some
> expert could give me hints on where the problem
> might be. I gave an initial look on the boot2.c
> and there's some biosvideo-stuff just before
> the printing of the kernel loading prompt.
> Could that cause the monitor clicking and reboot?
> The VIA motherboard (surprisingly) has a VIA
> AGP video chip, but I thought at least text
> console would work these days :-) That's all
> I need for my firewall.
> I noticed the problem has been noticed by
> someone else too, but there was no information
> whether there has been any progress:
> ---
> Subject: Problem booting netbsd
> To: None <>
> From: roberto <>
> List: current-users
> Date: 08/19/2004 09:18:39
> Date: 18 Aug 2004
> I've the following motherboard VIA EPIA CL6000E, CPU 600MHz, 256 MB RAM.
> I've downloaded NetBSO 2.0 - 200408130000 but I've a booting problem: when
> I try the 1st boot floppy I can see
>  "NetBSD/i386 ustarfs Primary Bootstrap"
> for a 1/2 second then the PC reboots.
> I've tried the other boot floppies but with no success.
> Does anyone has the same problem?
> Roberto
> ---
> Best regards,
> Teemu

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