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Re: New i386 boot floppy available
- To: tech_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org
- Subject: Re: New i386 boot floppy available
- From: vons_(_at_)_usa_(_dot_)_net (Gert-Jan Vons)
- Date: Sun, 11 Jan 1998 16:09:56 +0100
> Please test this floppy in your i386 boxes, and let me know if there
> are any problems.
My systems boot fine with this floppy, they get to the prompt without
One is a Thinkpad 340, booted with and without the DLINK 650 PCMCIA card
(the keyboard is dead when the prompt is displayed, but that's a known
The other is an Asus P55TP4N/P166+/48MB/NCR810/Trio64/NE2000, 2 scsi hd
and scsi cdrom.
It apparently recognises my cpu as a cyrix now (saw a message
flying by, but had no time to read it all)
I also played around a bit with the commands at the boot prompt, and
encountered some strange stuff:
- "machine diskinfo" now only lists the available devices, i.e. fd0,
hd0, and hd1 on my PC, instead of fd0,fd1,fd2,fd3,hd0,...
That is all fine, but it lists hd0 as unknown and hd1 as scsi, while
both are scsi disks.
I have OpenBSD on hd1 in case that matters, and since I don't have
any IDE devices, all the IDE stuff has been disabled in the bios.
- "machine regs" lists the registers as before, i.e.
trap: non-maskable interrupt
just like the 2.2 boot floppy does.
However, it doesn't return to the prompt, need to reboot after this.
- "machine cnvmem" shows
i.e. there's a newline missing
- "machine extmem" shows
i.e. not even a prompt, it just starts booting!
That's about it. I'm still experiencing boot problems with the ncr
driver (sometimes need to reboot a couple of times before it passes
the scsi probe without problems), but that is not related to the new
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