Subject: Re: ThinkPad 600E serial port
To: Jan-Hinrich Fessel <>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <>
List: port-i386
Date: 11/13/2000 17:05:17
In message <>, Jan-Hinrich Fessel write
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>Is anyone running NetBSD on a 600E and is using the serial port?
>Mine will not recognize it, even with pnpbios support.
>-current finds the irda port as com port (and it seems to generate some 
>characters) but the real com port is reported "disabled".
>It works fine with NT and W2K and W98SE, so there must be a way to get it 
>Is there possibly a way to tell pnpbios to initialize and thus enable a device
>on the pnpbios bus?

What I had to do (on BSD/OS) was use the 'ps2' command under DOS and 
disable the irda port.  I also had to tell it

-ioport reserve 0x2f8 4
-irq reserve 3

but I'm not sure of the NetBSD equivalents to those spells (if any, and 
indeed if any are needed).

		--Steve Bellovin