Subject: Re: install via network on Sony Vaio PCG-350?
To: None <port-i386@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Wolfgang Rupprecht <>
List: port-i386
Date: 10/14/1999 13:47:35
jonathan@DSG.Stanford.EDU (Jonathan Stone) writes:
> I'm trying to install NetBSD on a new Vaio laptop.  The 1.4.1 and
> -current snapshots allocate IRQ 9 for all the PCMCIA devices I can
> find.  But that results in `write-only' NICs: tcpdump on another host
> shows that packets are getting out, but the laptop never receives
> anything.

The Sony 505tx vaio that I have has a losing "ilink" port hardwired to
irq9.  The worst part is you can't even turn off this proprietary
piece of junk in the sony bios.

The way I managed to install netbsd on the viao 505 was to:

1) get the freebsd partition tool to repartition the disk in place.

2) compiled a netbsd-current kernel with irq9 masked out, and cranked
   out an install floppy with this kernel on it.

3) booted, and after a few unsuccessful tries at sysinstall, just nfs
   mounted a directory containing a root and /usr snapshot.  I just
   disklabeled and newfs-ed by hand and then untarred the snapshot.
4) At that point I rdist-ed the rest of my current setup over to the

       Wolfgang Rupprecht <>
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