Subject: Re: nVidia motherboards?
To: Frank van der Linden <>
From: Richard Rauch <>
List: port-amd64
Date: 10/18/2003 07:13:28
On Sat, Oct 18, 2003 at 01:38:30PM +0200, Frank van der Linden wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 17, 2003 at 09:57:06PM -0500, Richard Rauch wrote:
> > When I try to boot from CD, the video drops out.  I can't tell that anything
> > is happening with the boot from CD.  (The disk spins, stops, spins some more,
> > etc.  It seems to stick in that cycle.)  This is with the ISO image that you
> > put up a little while ago.  (20031005, I think.)
> > 
> > I am able to get into its BIOS and poke around.  I also am using a disk, for
> > now, salvaged from an i386 machine (with NetBSD 1.6 on the disk).  That gets
> > partway through a boot and displays messages but (of course) locks up.
> Well, that's odd. I've never seen this happen, not even with NetBSD/i386.
> NetBSD/i386 should boot just fine on an amd64 machine as well.
> I can't think of a software issue that causes this offhand. Trying a
> different video card may be a good idea.. Losing image altogether
> is just not right.

I can try another card, I suppose...but the card works well in an i386 box.  (^&
I didn't try booting with a -current i386 CD.  That might also show some interesting

The 1.6 NetBSD/i386 boot hangs in "swapper" if memory serves.  (The video card
that I was using for it is not a spare.  I haven't quite decided what to do about
a card for this thing.  I was thinking about getting a nicer card for the
older 32-bit AMD machine and putting the PCI card in the AMD64 at least until
I've got basic issues worked out on the AMD64.)

I'd rather try a serial console before another card, first.  If I uncomrent the
line in INSTALL about forcing a serial console, build a release, and make a
bootable CD as for i386 (but specifying the amd64 dir, instead), will that make a
bootable CD with a serial console?

If it makes a difference (my understanding is that it shouldn't), the CPU is
an "Athlon 64" not an Opteron.  The motherboard is a Gigabyte K8N Pro, with
nVidia nForce 3 chipset.

  "I probably don't know what I'm talking about."