Subject: NetBSD 2 installation on a Jornada 720
To: None <>
From: Richard Danter <>
List: port-hpcarm
Date: 01/11/2005 15:14:05
Hi All,


Hope you don't mind if I ask some stupid questions, but I am new to 
NetBSD and I'm having some problems getting it to run on a Jornada 720.

I have installed NetBSD 2 on an old i386 (P-II) laptop successfully 
using a CD created from an ISO image I downloaded from the FTP site. 
That was relatively easy (I think!) and it looks like everything has 
worked so far. I have networking up and have installed pkgsrc and used 
it to download, compile and install a couple of shells (tcsh and bash).

This probably gave me too much confidence...

So now I would like to get NetBSD on my Jornada too. I have a 512MB 
compact flash card and a Netgear MA401 wireless ethernet card. What I 
don't have is a serial cable and this may be part of my problems, please 
read on...

I am using a CD created from the ISO image on the FTP server for the 
rest of this except where noted.

I have created a msdos partition of 8MB on the flash disk and the 
remainder is formatter as ffs.

On the dos partition I have copied the hpcboot.exe (Build 9 which I 
found a reference to in the archives) and the kern-JORNADA720.tgz (which 
I have unpacked and called netbsd).

On the ffs partition I have unpacked most of the sets (base.tgz, 
comp.tgz, etc.tgz, games.tgz, man.tgz and misc.tgz) and created the /dev 
entried by running 'MAKEDEV all'.

When I boot I see the kernel is loaded and lots of stuff appears on the 
screen, the last thing is a line saying "console =1 " which is just 
after some stuff about frame buffer. I get the "Last chance, Push YES to 
boot" message and hit Yes. Everything seems to hang, though I do notice 
the light on my network card flash a couple of times. I do not see 
anything on the screen and the only way to recover is to hit the reset 

Could it be that the kernel is trying to use the serial port for a 
console? If so then this is a problem as I don't have a serial cable. Is 
there a way to change this without rebuilding the kernel?? I'm not sure 
I am ready to start cross-compiling yet!

I guess I thought this would be as easy as installing the laptop, should 
have known better!

Can anyone offer some help/advice?