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Re: what is pckbc0 ? installing netbsd of HP DL140G3

Sorry, I meant with pckbc disabled.
I just tried your instructions (disable pckbc) on an old Pentium 3 at home
it killed the PS2 keyboard, but a USB keyboard still works (once the kernel 
picks it up)
The HP DL140 G3 has a PS2 keyboard connector, but of I don't yet know whether 
it's really PS2 or USB
inside (it might be just converted to USB on the motherboard).
Anyway that doesn't matter as the firewall will be in a rack on a remote site. 
A dead keyboard might
even be a security feature :-)
Is there a way to disable pckbc for the standard kernel once the machine is 
successfully booting
from harddisk?  some kind of boot loader option maybe?
would selecting serial bootblocks instead of bios bootblocks do it?
or do I really have to recompile the kernel?


Manuel Bouyer wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 13, 2008 at 09:09:51PM +0000, Philip wrote:
>> I tried to install NetBSD 4 on a HP DL140 G3 today at work (and failed).
>> I want to use it as a firewall in front of a Linux server that has some 
>> rather sensitive stuff on it.
>> The DL140 G3 is the cheapest rack mount server that HP do and it comes with 
>> iLo and mine has a RAID
>> controller too, great stuff.
>> The install kernel hung for a long time and the keyboard didn't work.
>> According to this doc
>> if I recompile the kernel with pckbc0 support then it will work okay
> I guess you mean 'without'; the kernel already has -c
>> so some questions...
>> What's pckbc0 ?
> The keyboard controller
>> without pckbc0 is it just picking up keyboard input from the bios rather 
>> than directly from the
>> keyboard or something ?
> I guess there's a USB keyboard, isn't it ?
>> How do I compile an install kernel without it and boot it ?
> At first you can interrupt the boot countown an type 'boot -c'.
> Then type
> disable pckbc
> quit
> and it should boot with pckbc disabled.
>> or can I some way to redirect to serial port and install from there ?
> You can, there's a boot-com.iso iso image (with only the installer, you'll
> have to swap in your full 4.0 CD to install the sets once the kernel is
> loaded).

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