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Re: invisible.ca/arm

Hi Andreas —

The screen thing is a U-Boot issue (we don’t touch the display controller). I updated Pinebook U-Boot in pkgsrc today hoping it would help, but I still see the issue from time to time.

What crashes are you seeing?

I’m testing a 64-bit kernel on my Pinebook today, so far things are looking promising.

FYI the auto build cluster is back up so there is a new (32-bit) build available on my site for testing.


On Feb 18, 2018, at 2:23 PM, Andreas Drewke <andreas%drewke.net@localhost> wrote:

Hi Jared,

sometimes the PineBook does not enable the screens when booting NetBSD. So the screen remains black. But sometimes it does boot until login with screen enabled.
Then it takes 2-5 minutes until it crashes. Screen will get black and the lights show that the PineBook reboots, but screen remains black after rebooting.
Before rebooting dmesg shows some USB detach actions which do not make sense to me as I am not detaching devices. Maybe NetBSD does not work well with my USB hub which has ethernet port included.

Please see attached the photos.



I am really loooking forward to try new builds.

Thank you very much.

Best regards

Am 10.02.2018 um 12:02 schrieb Jared McNeill:
Hi Andreas --

Multiprocessor support for 32-bit kernels on these SoCs is a bit more complicated as secondary CPU startup is controlled by ARM Trusted Firmware and always start up in 64-bit mode. Primary focus will be on getting SMP working in 64-bit mode.

I don't know of anybody working on a driver for the Pinebook's Wi-Fi chip (RTL8723cs SDIO) at this time.

What does the crash look like? I had two issues: one with GIC, which I recently fixed in HEAD, and another vfs related panic that never quite made sense to me. Hoping either a new U-Boot or 64-bit kernel will make that problem go away, but haven't had a chance to test either yet.

The question of the auto build cluster is better answered by the NetBSD admin staff.


On Fri, 9 Feb 2018, Andreas Drewke wrote:


Thank you! Is there any page that reports about state of NetBSD@PineBook? Is multi processor planned? Is it already maybe done but disabled or something.
Also the WIFI adapter does not seem to be supported right now.

NetBSD crashes about 2 minutes after booting. Maybe this is USB related as I am using a USB ethernet dongle which works!!!
Can I maybe help somehow?

When is the auto build cluster available again?

Lots of questions. Just asking. :D

Many thanx and best regards

Am 07.02.2018 um 01:56 schrieb Jared McNeill <jmcneill%invisible.ca@localhost>:

Hi Andreas --

Those images are refreshed every day based on the latest builds on the autobuild cluster (nycdn.netbsd.org). The autobuild machines are currently offline but once they return, new images will start appearing again.


On Tue, 6 Feb 2018, Andreas Drewke wrote:


I wanted to ask who invented "http://www.invisible.ca/arm" and say thank you.
I discovered it while looking for a NetBSD build for Pinebook. Unfortunatly some things are still not working with it like multiprocessor support. Only one CPU is used for now.
Of course I am now very curious when the next build will be uploaded. Another thing is that packages seem not to be uploaded.

As I have a pretty capable desktop AMD64 PC so I wanted to ask If I maybe can help building packages and upload them or something.

I was a happy NetBSD user back in 2004 - 2006 and I would love to use NetBSD again e.g. on my PineBook.

Many thanx and best regards
Andreas Drewke

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