Subject: Re: NetBSD on IBM PS/2 9595
To: Carl Drougge <>
From: Jaromir Dolecek <>
List: port-i386
Date: 11/28/2001 21:52:39
Carl Drougge wrote:
> Booting proved troublesome, saying just "Boot failed". Setting the floppy to
> 1.44MB mode solved this (and of course caused errors in POST..), which makes
> me think the bootloader tried to read the floppy as 2.88MB. (DOS boots fine
> from floppy, and IIRC so does linux (using whatever Debian 2.0 used on their
> boot-floppy).)

Well, the image is done for 1.44MB floppy. Perhaps the geometry or
something was not right when copied to floppy in 2.88MB mode? Having
not used 2.88MB floppy before, I'm not particularily aware of
possible problems/incompatibilities. Perhaps someone else can comment?

This is good item for PS/2 FAQ, perhaps other people with 2.88MB
floppy would have similar problem.

> > mca0 slot 1: IBM Fast SCSI-2 Adapter (0x8efc) not configured
> There it is, in all it's unsupported glory.. I have an earlier IBM MCA SCSI
> controller somewhere (I last saw it before I moved, but I think I have a
> good idea of where it is). Would sending this to someone help driver
> development?

Thanks, I already have another offer for a IBM SCSI Adapter card. I'd note
you as potential driver tester, though :)

> > ep0 at mca0 slot 4 irq 10: 3Com 3c529-TP Ethernet Adapter
> > ep0: address 00:20:af:18:48:d4, 8KB byte-wide FIFO, 3:1 Rx:Tx split
> > ep0: 10baseT, 10base5 (default 10base5)
> I was unable to receive packets on this interface (sending worked though).
> (Using the AUI-port, since I don't have a convinient place to put the other
> end of a TP-cable.)

This is strange. I'm using ep on my box as a primary network
controller for NFS root, it's working very well for me. In 10baseT
mode, tho.  What does ifconfig -a say after boot? Note the 'default
10baseX' message might be bogus, the value used is the one setup
in the configuration utility of Reference Disk.

> > mca0 slot 7: 3Com 3C529 Ethernet Adapter (0x627c) not configured
> > I have no idea why it doesn't want to configure my other 3c529.
> (This is the BNC-model)

This is just due to oversight in the driver - this model is not
matched. Oops. I'll fix this ASAP.
Model 95 is the one with LED display, right? I'd eventually like
to write some support code for this, and would need testers then
(I don't have model 9X PS/2 available) :)

Jaromir Dolecek <>
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