Subject: Re: install/34226: ThinkPad 770 Installation of NetBSD (3.0.1,2.0.2,1.5.3,1.4.2)
To: None <,,>
From: Jared D. McNeill <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 08/21/2006 03:30:03
The following reply was made to PR install/34226; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: "Jared D. McNeill" <>
Subject: Re: install/34226: ThinkPad 770 Installation of NetBSD (3.0.1,2.0.2,1.5.3,1.4.2)
Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2006 22:38:49 -0300

 On 18-Aug-06, at 4:25 AM, wrote:
 > The BIOS boot program gets to the point where it counts down but  
 > when it reaches the end of the count down, and starts trying to  
 > load the kernel, something always goes wrong.
 > In NetBSD 3.0.1, exit was cycled down the screen in a never ending  
 > loop.
 > In NetBSD 2.0.2, it just rebooted when it tried to load the kernel.
 > In NetBSD 1.5.3, it would display two sets of numbers and the  
 > rotating cursor stopped rotating (locked up).
 > In NetBSD 1.4.2, the computer displayed a message about a bad drive  
 > number.  That last message started a cycle like the exit one, but  
 > there was more text and it always ended in "bad drive number".
 > I do not have a floppy drive, so I was unable to test different  
 > kernel images.
 I just spoke with the new owner of my old Thinkpad 600E; we had  
 similar problems getting him setup with NetBSD. He refreshed my  
 memory on how we solved the problem.
 Are you booting using burnt DVDs? If so, can you try a CD-R? That  
 resolved the issue for us; the drive was having trouble reading DVDs  
 at boot time.