Subject: Re: Installing NetBSD experiences and help wanted
To: None <>
From: Robert Cates <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 06/21/2005 10:29:45

it seems I just read another post about a problem with NetBSD not finding 
the harddrive, which I find very interesting.  What I'm wondering is how you 
have your BIOS set, i.e. the boot-order, and if you can set the 1st boot 
device for the 1st drive of your LSI MegaRaid card (I'm assuming you don't 
have any IDE harddrives installed on that machine).  Added note, I've 
recently found out myself that the NetBSD installer currently only supports 
installation on one harddrive.  Any additional harddrives you have in the 
machine need to be setup after installation.  It could be that the NetBSD 
does not support that particular LSI MegaRaid card yet, but have a look at 
the BIOS settings.

You may want to mail the port maintainer directly: or

I did find LSI Logic RAID MegaRAID 320-1, 320-2 listed on the web page, which you might want to 
lookover.  You might want to check exactly which chipset is on the card, 
maybe it uses a chipset that is not yet supported.(?)  Supported NICs are 
also listed on that page.  Go one page up for other supported hardware.

In any case, I'm interested to know what you end up doing.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jimmie Houchin" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, June 21, 2005 6:58 AM
Subject: Installing NetBSD experiences and help wanted

> Hello,
> I am a long-time Linux user. I've used LinuxPPC, Redhat, Debian, Gentoo 
> and now Ubuntu. I like Ubuntu because it is easy to install and in general 
> it just works.
> That said, I am drawn to NetBSD. I like the projects goals and 
> philosophies. I prefer the BSD license to the GPL. But Linux has always 
> appeared to be more "current" or easy to use with regard to newer 
> software.
> I have attempted to install NetBSD a couple of times and ran into problems 
> and have never successfully made it. So I've never given NetBSD a fair 
> chance.
> I have two machines I would like to install NetBSD on. And that actually 
> is the two machines I use. Currently they have Ubuntu. But Ubuntu has not 
> been as stable as I would like. (Ubuntu Breezy, the development version.) 
> I am not blaming them as I know that I am running the development version. 
> But the stable version had bugs and failed to install and run on my 
> computer.
> It took me a couple of iterations of going thru the NetBSD install before 
> I got a successfull install on my desktop machine. It is just different 
> enough from Linux to be somewhat confusing. The FreeBSD installer 
> explained everything better. I think there is some instruction and help 
> there to be used. I really didn't prefer FreeBSD, but attempted after the 
> NetBSD failure. It installed easier and was successful, but didn't seem 
> significantly more stable than my Ubuntu install.
> Systems:
> desktop: DFI LanParty nF3 250Gb motherboard, Athlon64 3ghz, 1gb ram,
>          32mb TNT Pro graphics card, 1 D-Link DFE-530TX nic added
>          because FreeBSD (nor NetBSD) recognized my onboard nic.
> Server:  RioWorks HDAMA dual Opteron, 4gb ram,
>          LSI MegaRaid 150-6 raid card.
> On the desktop install I could install NetBSD, but was stuck because I 
> couldn't connect to the internet because it couldn't find either of my 
> nics.
> On the server, I stalled immediately because it didn't find any hard 
> drives to install on. :(
> I have read most of the Guide, using it step by step. I have searched the 
> website and mailing lists. I have not found whatever I need to get me past 
> these obstacles.
> I am very unfamiliar with the NetBSD install but have successfully 
> installed Gentoo Linux many, many times. Gentoo is one of the more hands 
> on Linux installs, but is very good looking and well documented. I had no 
> problems at all.
> I would really like to give NetBSD an honest try.
> Any help in getting a successful install with internet access would be 
> greatly appreciated. I have no doubts I missed the information I need. 
> Tips, pointers to necessary docs, anything that gets me going is 
> appreciated.
> Jimmie Houchin