Subject: Re: recommended 939-board
To: Petar Bogdanovic <>
From: Dieter <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 10/10/2005 10:05:10
>  > What isn't "real deal" about the nForce-chipset?  (I must have missed 
> that thread.)
> The following Mails are the most recent ones:

Booting from CD/DVD (PATA) works fine for me.  (But then I don't have an
Adaptec SATAConnect controller plugged in.)

The SATA drives work fine with a recent kernel.  (2.0.2 works if you turn off
APIC in firmware, but newer works better and doesn't need APIC turned off.
I'm running a -current kernel from a few weeks ago.)

>  > The nforce4 boards were the only ones I could find that supported 
> Erm.. you just wrote a few days ago, that NCQ seems to be unsupported by 
> NetBSD:

When NetBSD supports NCQ, I can drop new bits in and have NCQ.
Performing surgery on a VLSI chip to add NCQ would be quite the
impressive project.

>  > The only "not configured" in NetBSD's dmesg are:
>  >
>  > Nvidia nForce4 Memory Controller (miscellaneous memory, revision 
> 0xa3) at pci0 dev 0 function 0 not configured
>  > Nvidia nForce4 SMBus (SMBus serial bus, revision 0xa2) at pci0 dev 1 
> function 1 not configured
>  > Nvidia product 0x0057 (miscellaneous bridge, revision 0xa3) at pci0 
> dev 10 function 0 not configured
> What is this anyway? I suppose, the last one has something to do with 
> nVidias 'ActiveArmour'-Firewall..

I don't know what they are.  I suspect that the temp sensors may be on
the SMBus, but I haven't gotten that far yet.  I do want to monitor
temps eventually, but the board runs very cool, so it isn't top priority.

>  > I haven't tried the onboard Ethernet or audio yet.
> Could you do that for me? ;)

They're on the list (as are the temp sensors), they just haven't made it
to the top yet.