Subject: Re: Questions about (setting up) X on NetBSD v1.6.2/i386
To: Ib-Michael Martinsen <>
From: Juan RP <>
List: tech-x11
Date: 11/17/2004 17:29:44
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On Wed, 17 Nov 2004 17:18:08 +0100
Ib-Michael Martinsen <> wrote:

>  > You did not show any com port related dmesg output - so it's hard to tell
>  > what is wrong with the serial mouse. It's hard to believe that com ports
>  > would not work (even on such an old NetBSD version)
> Is there any newer (and stable) version of NetBSD available?

There is 2.0_RC5, which very soon will be the last stable version.
> I agree it is hard to believe that com-ports are not supported. But in
> this case I guess it is because the serial ports are controlled by the
> serial bus (Intel 82801 SMBus) which appears to be unconfigured after
> boot. The same is the matter with the audio controller (and until now I
> have only been able to get some beep-sounds from the machine).

The audio controller is already supported in NetBSD 2.0/-current, you can
download a snapshot from and make your own iso following the
steps in the website.

Or get an unoffical ISO from:

> Also in the GENERIC kernel configuration source I have found no
> references to SMBus or 82801, so my first guess is there is no
> support for such a serial bus?
> On the other hand there is a reference to SMBus in
> /sys/arch/i386/pci/pci_intr_fixup.c, so maybe it is just a matter of
> configuring the kernel correct?

There are no SMBus drivers currently, at least not for yours.

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