Subject: Re: My first stab at netbsd on a z50 - cf, wifi, etc
To: dereck <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: ROC <email@example.com>
Date: 09/16/2005 22:23:20
NetBSD's installer on the MoPro can read the install files just fine
from a DOS FAT filesystem CF card. Or you can choose installing over
the Internet with a supported PCMCIA ethernet NIC after booting the base
installer from a small FAT partition (3-4MB) on a CF card, while leaving
most of the room on the card for the installation (512MB at least, 1 GB
would definitely give you more useful room to install more packages down
the road). - this would become your boot-from-Wince, and installation
card combo. You may have to go back and forth with a few sessions of
booting /formatting/copying to get to the install phase depending on
what CF cards and space on them you have to work with. And of course
you would have to work out how to get the intial loader on a card - a
USB CF card (or multi-flash RAM) writer hooked to a PC from which you
download the NetBSD installation files would be a fairly typical method
>I can't help, Jose, because I'm in the same position.
>I'm about to add NetBSD to a refurbished NEC MobilePro
>that I got from ebay.
>One question that I have for you, though, is what
>system are you going to use to transfer NetBSD to your
>CF card? That is a big hole in the posts that I've
>read so far.
>Also, with what filesystem should the CF card be
>formmated with? I've been digging for days on this
>with the internet. Some people wrote instructions a
>couple of years ago, but the links are now broken.
>:-(. My first assumption was that I needed to format
>this and transfer the files using an existing NetBSD
>deployment (on i386?). Is that how you read it?
>As you move along, though, I'd appreciate any
>"gotchas" that you encounter.
>--- dub20 <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>I've just received my first ibm z50. The largest
>>media I have right now
>>are two 64mb CF cards. I'm not even sure if it's
>>possible to install a
>>full netbsd/X system on this size card. It seems to
>>cost ~$100+sh for
>>either a 1gb CF or microdrive, so is there any
>>reason I should go for
>>one over the other? As for the size, what is the
>>upper limit on the
>>CF/microdrive? I ask because I could also get a
>>generic 2.2gb for ~$25 more.
>>As for a wireless nic, any difference in
>>the cf and pcmcia cards?
>>Anything else I should keep in mind as I begin this