Subject: RE: offtopic: fast-booting pentium-class MB?
To: 'Jeff Rizzo' <>
From: David Woyciesjes <>
List: port-i386
Date: 11/01/2000 14:59:26
As far as the power supply, check out You'll probably
find almost all the info you're looking for, except probably the NetBSD

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-> -----Original Message-----
-> From: Jeff Rizzo []
-> Sent: Wednesday, November 01, 2000 2:28 PM
-> To: Brian Buhrow
-> Cc:
-> Subject: Re: offtopic: fast-booting pentium-class MB?
-> On Wed, Nov 01, 2000 at 10:40:12AM -0800, Brian Buhrow wrote:
-> > 	Could you just disable everything you're not using, 
-> disable memory testing,
-> > and go with that?  Also, how are you powering the unit and 
-> how did you
-> > package it?
-> Yeah, I'm already disabling everything it's possible to 
-> disable in the
-> BIOS with this particular MB.  I was hoping someone else might know
-> of a specific model which is particularly good about it.  
-> (This MB dates from
-> 1994 or 95; I'm sure there's better ones, but I'm not sure.)
-> Basically, it's in an AT-style case in the trunk, powered by 
-> an inverter.
-> (I'd love to find an inexpensive PS that takes 12V in, 
-> but...)  It's got
-> a 30G IDE drive which I'm looking at upgrading to 80G.  
-> (Almost full).
-> The software still needs a lot of work; right now I've basically got
-> a python wrapper to mpg123 which plays random tracks, and allows me
-> to skip using a keyboard.
-> > 
-> > 	What about a cheap laptop that you suspend, rather than reboot?
-> Drives are expensive, plus I like being able to just shut it 
-> off like 
-> I would a regular radio.  I'm working on making it more and more like
-> an appliance, and less like a computer.  Next step is to code up the
-> remote control interface, so I can lose the keyboard.  :)
-> Thanks for the suggestions.  Ideally, I'd like to move to a 
-> specialized
-> motherboard with DC power and flash boot for the OS, but one of the
-> main goals of this project is cheap and/or free parts for 
-> everything.  :)
-> I'm also considering moving back to NetBSD-1.3 (I started with 1.4Y,
-> and am now at 1.5_ALPHA) to see if it speeds up the boot at 
-> all.  I'll
-> lose things like IDE DMA, but I don't think I really need that for
-> this implementation.
-> +j
-> -- 
-> Jeff Rizzo