Subject: Re: poffd problem (it gets worse)
To: Glyn Astill <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Brian McEwen <email@example.com>
Date: 10/12/2006 19:47:59
On Oct 12, 2006, at 6:23 PM, Glyn Astill wrote:
> yone got any ideas? I installed from the first disk a few months
> ago onto a 40 gig drive and all was well, now I try to do the same on
> a 320 gig drive and the LCD gets jammed on that bloody poffd screen
> once I've set up the initial parameters.
> This sucks, someone please help.
Just checking, still all works fine but the display does not? That's
been the case for literally years...until just recently; within the
last 6 months, April 2006, except for people who patched it on their
own. The display really is not super useful. If anything "bad"
happens you still need a serial console to a laptop.
Be aware that until you reboot after install, you aren't testing it
really. If the LCD works during the install, then goes away on the
first real boot, then it's just plain not working. If it really
works and shows the IP address on the first bootup after install, and
all you have done is edit hostname info, etc, that's a little
Someone posted that the display and paneld were working for them
right after the posting of the April 1 2006 build linked to here, and
indeed that is something mentioned in the description:
As a proof of concept here is a CD with a 10 days old 3.99.17 build:
- 3.99.17 boot (i386) kernel and userland
- 3.99.17 remote (cobalt over NFS) installation kernel and userland
- Slightly improved LCD installation messages
- named.conf updated to use netbsd.org domain instead of
- paneld re-compiled for 3.99.17, seems to use 0.0% CPU now
That is the one you are using, right?
So- what edits specifically are you doing that break it? I know you
said you were following Shon's 1.6.1 install guide. Perhaps do the
install just one more time, and make the edits one at a time,
rebooting between, so you know for sure what breaks it. And, there's
no reason for it to stay broken if that's what is killing it-- if you
copy the files you are changing to a backup before you make the edit,
just restore the copy of the text file.
My LCD panel has been blank since July 2005. Not holding me back at
Also- if you do a ps -ax does it really show poffd running?