Subject: Re: Reliable network cards? CF cards?
To: Andy Ruhl <>
From: Andrew L. Gould <>
List: port-hpcmips
Date: 01/02/2005 12:15:04
On Sunday 02 January 2005 08:38 am, Andy Ruhl wrote:
> Trying to find answers to this stuff, but it's been a little
> difficult to round up the information. This might be useful for the
> FAQ later on.
> I got my Mobilepro 880, but I don't have any hardware for it yet. I
> do have a 64 meg CF card which I used to boot a kernel, so I'm happy
> about that.
> Ideally, this is what I'd like to do:
> o Have a 4 or 5 gig CF card
> o Have a PCMCIA based network card (wired or wireless)
> o Have a USB mouse (if it works? I see an entry for it in GENERIC I
> think...) o Plug in headphones and listen to MP3s while working
> Before I buy anything, I want to netboot it and see how useful this
> thing is going to be.
> I have an old 10baseT 3com PCMCIA card that I lent to a friend, I may
> try to grab that. But if not, can someone recommend a good, stable
> network card (cheap being a nice perk too if possible)? This could be
> wired or wireless, but if wireless is a good enough deal, I'll grab
> one of those. I see a lot of wireless cards are less than $30 these
> days.
> Anyone using either the Hitachi 4 gig or Seagate 5 gig CF cards?
> Anyone using a USB mouse with X?
> Does sound work OK?
> I'm new to all of this hpc stuff (but been using NetBSD since 1.4
> otherwise), so if I'm on the wrong track here, please straighten me
> out :)
> Also, I plan to start building some packages on my Cobalt box to sort
> of save time. If I get this 880 up and running, I can probably share
> packages if anyone wants them.
> Thanks,
> Andy

I use the following 16 bit PCMCIA cards with NetBSD 1.6.2 on a NEC 
MobilePro 780:

Belkin F5D6020 (802.11b)
Linksys NP100 Fast Ethernet 10/100

Andrew L. Gould