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Re: NetBSD on Satellites (was: NetBSD 5.0.2 does not boot properly on Toshiba Satellite, keyboard problems)

Hello Dmitry,
I updated the BIOS from Windows, before repartionning.

The functional keys are a disapointment : I didn't managed to get them
working (even with ACPI). Many of them aren't seen by xev. However I
tested an Ubuntu livecd with gnome, and I could change sound and
brightness levels. So there is hope :P

However, I m currently trying to port FreeBSD ethernet card's drivers
(alc), so I haven't deeply tested those pesky functional keys.

Thanks and good luck !


2010/11/2 Dmitry Matveev <>:
> Hello Pierre,
> Thank you very much for your suggestions! I've followed it everything was
> ok.
> May I also ask you some questions as a Toshiba Satellite NetBSD user? :)
> 1. How did you update the BIOS? Toshiba provides BIOS updates as Windows
> executables. Did you do it from Windows or via USB stick?
> 2. On my Satellite I can not adjust the LCD brightness level (may be it is
> because the ACPI is disabled?). There're functional keys (Fn+FN) for it.
> Did you managed to get it work? It there any other way to configure it? I
> have not found anything related in the sysctl..
> Thanks in advance,
> Dmitry
> On Wed, 27 Oct 2010 16:48:01 +0200, Pierre Allegraud 
> <>
> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I had to disable ohci too on my previous laptop.
>> You could try with :
>> - in the boot prompt :
>> boot netbsd -2c (ACPI disabled) or boot netbsd -c (ACPI enabled)
>> - in the kernel prompt :
>> disable ohci
>> quit
>> - test your keyboard
>> My new laptop is also a Toshiba Satellite, but I only had to update
>> the BIOS in order to run NetBSD with APCI enabled.
>> Good luck !
>> Pierre
>> 2010/10/27 Dmitry Matveev <>:
>>> Hello,
>>> I'm trying to install NetBSD 5.0.2 on my Toshiba Satellite A210-199
>>> laptop.
>>> Actually I've installed it on the hdd using QEMU from Debian GNU/Linux,
>>> but when I reboot to NetBSD, it does not start properly.
>>> In the normal mode the kernel boots up and stops somewhere after
>>> enumerating USB devices. I can turn the system off with "Power" button
> on
>>> laptop and that's all.
>>> When I boot the system without ACPI, it boots successfully and invites
> me
>>> to enter login/pass, but my laptop keyboard does not work here.
>>> I've found a similar issue:
>>> The solition was to disable ohci. I haven't found such option in the
>>> or kernel boot options. Could somebody please advice what should I do
> to
>>> disable ohci?
>>> Also, will the external USB keyboard work in NetBSD if I will boot the
>>> system in the no-ACPI mode?
>>> Thanks in advance,
>>> Dmitry

Pierre Allegraud

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