Subject: NetBSD can't reboot many new machines!
To: None <port-i386@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Thor Lancelot Simon <>
List: port-i386
Date: 05/10/1995 03:22:03
The subject says it all.  Everything just hangs hard and a trip to the
hardware reset switch is in order.

I've observed this with Pentium motherboards from several manufacturers, and
an ASUS SP3G PCI motherboard with Award BIOS.  I don't know what BIOS was on
all of the Pentium machines, but several at least were ASUS motherboards with
Award BIOS.

This is a big problem for machines in locations where physical access is
difficult.  The problem appears to exist in both 1.0 and -current, though I
haven't tried current on one of these machines in several weeks.

We are not, however, alone.  Neither Novell DOS nor OS-2 can reboot these
machines, though MS-DOS seems to do so just fine.