Subject: Re: any support for wireless cards?
To: Izumi Tsutsui <>
From: Erik Berls <>
List: port-cobalt
Date: 08/09/2007 18:06:32
On 8/9/07, Izumi Tsutsui <> wrote:
> wrote:
> > Last I checked attempting to boot off a slave drive using the second
> > stage didn't pass parameters in correctly (it may load the right
> > kernel, but then does the wrong thing with root).
> Well, this can be easily fixed.
> The problem is that it doesn't pass anything about boot device.
> You could specify -a flag for RB_ASKNAME on boot prompt
> with my recent patch, or we could update bootloader
> and kernel to pass whole bootpath via BTINFO_BOOTPATH.
> (sorry I only implemented functions I needed)

I know it can be easily fixed.  I added the ability to boot off the
second device to begin with.  As such, I was a little torqued about
the regression, because I was actually *using* that feature.

One should be able to control ALL the options from the raq's firmware
prompt.  If it wasn't for the fact that the new bootstrap made it into
a release before I found its deficiencies, I would have suggested a

If you really want to commit PCI drivers to GENERIC, please fix the
2nd stage, and update the netboot instructions first.


> > Net booting using
> > the second stage was completely non-functional.
> We already have INSTALL kernel which can be loaded by the firmware.
> If it's not enough, we could still have GENERIC_TINY or something.
> kloader(4) could also fix these problems.
> I had partially working kloader support, but I have not
> written code passing bootinfo across reboot yet..
> > I'm unhappy that those features were lost with the addition of the
> > second stage boot.  (Despite cdi@ calling it a 1st stage, the firmware
> > really is the first stage.)
> Anyway, I don't think both situations are so general
> than using wireless networks on the Cobalt Qubes
> with single disk..
> ---
> Izumi Tsutsui

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