Subject: Re: Raq2 - Booting using console 'bfd /boot/netbds.gz'
To: Brian <>
From: Kevin Polston <>
List: port-cobalt
Date: 12/12/2004 09:16:45
 I found an extra 16Mb and it now works well with 32Mb

Brian wrote:

> On Saturday, December 11, 2004, at 07:05 AM, Kevin Polston wrote:
>> Hi all
>> I'm a newcomer to both netBSD and the Cobalt Raq2.  I've loaded 
>> netBSD 1.6.1 using the recovery disk method.
>> Everything apeared to go well but then I re-booted the consol showed 
>> 'decompressing' twice and then halted.
>> I googled and found that entering 'bfd /boot/netbsd.gz' at the cobalt 
>> prompt does indeed boot the machine.
>> However, I would like to boot my Raq2 without having to type 'bfd 
>> /boot/netbsd.gz' at the console.  Could anybody
>> give me a hand?
>> Many thanks
>> Kevin
>> PS my Raq only has 16Mb of RAM - could this be an issue?
> If you look back in the newsgroup archive of the list, there's a post 
> (somewhere between Jan and here) re: 16 megs, the 1.6.1, and the 
> kernel failing to boot the Qube 2.
> It seems there's a bug somewhere and on 16 meg machines the boot 
> loader overwrites part of something important when it's being 
> decompressed/ loaded into RAM.
> IIRC there was a patch posted in the list.
> And actually I found the link to the posting pretty quickly, so here 
> it is:
> This might help you with your problem.  Although it may have been 
> specific to the netboot CD for the Qube, not for whatever you used for 
> the RAQ, I don't know much about the differences between the machines 
> or how your install disk was built.  It's a starting point, though, 
> and it certainly sounds like the same issue.
> Brian