Subject: Re: bootstrapping NetBSD on an IBM Networkstation 8363 Wxx (GEODE not PPC version)
To: George Michaelson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Luke Mewburn <lukem@NetBSD.org>
Date: 06/27/2005 11:12:57
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On Sun, Jun 26, 2005 at 10:08:12AM +1000, George Michaelson wrote:
| I have got access to a GEODE based IBM Networkstation. it has a CF with
| Windows-CE on it.
| When I replace a CF formatted as a NetBSD FS, with an MBR/boot pair, it
| drops out during boot to a menu which offers remote Linux booting, or
| CF reformat.
| It looks like IBM wired in their own 'bios' on this baby to demand
| specific things at boot time.
| I expect I can move on to playing with a Linux boot (since its offering
| one) but I wondered if any NetBSD people knew how to dtrt to make this
| baby play.
| the PPC editions of this thing are discussed online. But the Geode ones
| don't seem to get much attention. I have the IBM .pdf (or should I say
| lenovo :-) and I've scoured the web for references. Not much there.
| (I'd say the device is very close to a soekris unit, in terms of its
| capabilities: one 72-pin memory slot, one PCI riser slot (non standard
| format but the pinouts are there0 and one CF slot. Two USB, one
| ethernet, and a soundcard. 32Mb of memory on the motherboard, runs
| Windows CE with a browser and RDP, around 2002 vintage)
| Its technically called an 8383 Wxx
My current router/firewall/NAT device is an 8364-S26 (AKA "N2800").
AFAICT it is similar to the 8363 (AKA "N2200") except that it also
has 2 PCI slots. My particular model has on-board token ring, so
I have two PCI NICs in it. (I tried a dual NIC PCI card but the
BIOS wedged on boot; I suspect it didn't like the PCI bridge on the
It's booting off a 128MB CF card -- the system won't boot off
anything larger. I just extracted the base.tgz & etc.tgz sets
and configured the system as per normal.
I had considered using an "embedded memory disk" approach --
similar to the installation media and a product that I work on
in my "day job", but I've been too lazy to work on that so far.
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