Subject: Re: upgrading a qube2 with netbsd 1.6.1 to 2.0
To: Carsten Pache <>
From: Alex Pelts <>
List: port-cobalt
Date: 03/03/2005 10:03:41
I would venture to guess that lcd driver in not compiled in to the 
kernel by default, or not present in the stock kernel at all.

I have seen mentioning of the driver being in the 1.6.2 tree then in 2.0 
tree. Personally I am running 1.6.2 which I upgraded from 1.6.1. In both 
cases I had to apply lcd patch. You can get it from if it is 
still there. If not I can post it in this ml.

LCD is usefull only in the beginning if at all. If you have serial 
console it would be much more usefull than lcd. Of course it is nice to 
have complete working qube. I am still looking at how to controll these 
green leds on the front. I would like to turn them off at night :). 
Should be some bit somewhere. I know it is possible because bios does it.

By the way I made 1.6.2 recovery cd using original recovery cd and 
replacing distribution files. It should work but I have not had a chance 
to test it. If anyone interested drop me an email and I will publish the 
  torrent of it.

In my opinion qube is still an excellent toy computer although it is 
getting old fast :(. Mac mini is the replacement which could more useful.


Carsten Pache wrote:
> On Thursday, March 3, 2005, Andy Ruhl <> wrote:
>>Hey, no problem. I'm glad I could help.
> To me it seems that there is only a small number of people using
> NetBSD on a Cobalt Qube, so every help is greatly appreciated,
> especially by a real newbie like me :-)
>>I haven't used the LCD panel, but you're not the first person that has
>>said this. I've got mine all tucked away in the corner so I can't see
>>the back of it.
> I think the same will happen to my Qube, at least when it has finally
> found its place in my room.
>>If the device driver seems to be working (meaning dmesg has no
>>errors)... Is there actually a /dev/lcd file?
> Yes, there is:
> crw-r--r--  1 root  wheel  34, 0 Feb 28 16:59 lcd