NetBSD/hpcmips User How-To page
- Overview of how to start NetBSD/hpcmips
- filesystem overview
- Do I need to purchase a CF or ATA card? If so - got any recommendations?
- Finding out if your system is supported by NetBSD/hpcmips
- Supported CF and PCMCIA cards
- Getting the NetBSD/hpcmips distribution
- Getting the NetBSD/hpcmips boot loader (pbsdboot.exe)
- Getting the NetBSD/hpcmips kernel
- Accessing Microsoft partitions
- Preparing a Compact Flash card with a NetBSD partition
- Preparing a Compact Flash card without a NetBSD partition
- Getting support from mailing lists
- keyboard mapping control
- What is the NetBSD/hpcmips boot loader (pbsdboot.exe)?
- NetBSD/hpcmips boot loader options
- Booting the kernel with a serial console
- Automatically booting into NetBSD
- One-button boot on the Everex Freestyle
About this page (top)
This page contains information that current and potential users of NetBSD/hpcmips can use to help them set up and maintain their systems.
Getting started with NetBSD/hpcmips
Overview of how to start NetBSD/hpcmips (top)
You need at least 2 files to start NetBSD/hpcmips:
- bootloader runs on WindowsCE environment.
- a netbsd kernel
On pbsdboot pull-down menu, select hardware type and path to kernel. pbsdboot passes hardware information (framebuffer information, etc.) to kernel. The kernel will use all the Windows CE memory as RAM, so you MUST backup all of your data stored in CE memory before booting. Click Boot to load the kernel.
filesystem overview (top)
You have a choice of filesystems:
- filesystem on Compact Flash Cards or ATA Cards
- need a DOS partition for pbsdboot.exe and a NetBSD partition
- filesystem on SCSI/IDE disk
- NetBSD/hpcmips supports PCMCIA SCSI Card such as SlimSCSI, so you can make your file system on SCSI disks. Recommended for developers.
- filesystem on NFS Server
NetBSD/hpcmips finds pcmcia Ethernet Card
gets an IP address via dhcp server
finds NFS server
mounts / partition from NFS server
Do I need to purchase a CF or ATA card? If so - got any recommendations? (top)
- for typical users we recommend 128M CF.
- base+kern+etc+comp works fine
- 80M-96M CF
- base+kern+etc - basic NetBSD system available in your pocket.
- less than 64M CF
- base+kern+etc - if you delete large unused files
- 15M CF
- north pole for living - for those who like a challenge
Finding out if your system is supported by NetBSD/hpcmips (top)
Check Supported Machines listing.
Supported CF and PCMCIA cards (top)
- NetBSD Supported hardware database is available. Select PCMCIA and query/add database. NetBSD users build this database.
- See NetBSD Machine-independent PCMCIA drivers.
- Compact Flash Storage:
over 48M CF SanDisk
note:on z50 Extreme Memory Compact Flash EM-CF/128/P (PQI FLASH DISK 1201N)sometimes chokes and hangs the z50, especially under heavy "disk" load.
- PCMCIA Devices cards:
NE2000 compatible corega Ether PCC-T
Lucent/Agere WaveLAN/Orinoco wireless NIC
Socket Communications, Inc. Standard LP-E CF+ (EA2900-117)
Xircom CF Ethernet card
3com 3C1 : gets MAC address via ep driver, but does not transmit any packets. Broken.
NTT DoCoMo Paldio 611S (Japan:PHS include CF Modem I/F)
- Adaptec SlimSCSI 1460 (APA-1460)
- Apricorn EZ-GIG Expansion Card
- Callunacard CT260T2
Getting the NetBSD/hpcmips distribution (top)
- check ftp://ftp.NetBSD.org/pub/NetBSD/NetBSD-5.0/hpcmips/
binary/sets:NetBSD/hpcmips binary such as base.tgz, comp.tgz.
installation:pbsdboot.exe.gz and netbsd.gz
place pbsdboot.exe and netbsd on your CF card and run pbsdboot.exe to start netbsd installation kernel (includes sysinst). You can boot netbsd.gz without unzipping it if space is tight.
Getting the NetBSD/hpcmips boot loader (pbsdboot.exe) (top)
Download from pbsdboot download directory. Pbsdboot.exe is compiled for WindowsCE 2.00. Use Pbsdboot1.exe for Windows CE 1.01. Pbsdboot.exe is updated to use color maps for 8 bit frame buffer machines. Now we can use 256 colors, though we don't know about details of video controller chip. (We actually do not know about the video chips at all.)
Because Windows CE 1.0 does not support color map at all, the pbsdboot can not support both CE 1.0 and 2.0 with single binary. Thus pbsdboot.exe is compiled for CE 2.0 or later. You should use pbsdboot1.exe for CE 1.0.
Getting the NetBSD/hpcmips kernel (top)
Accessing Microsoft partitions (top)
To access your MS-DOS WinCE partition, read Accessing Microsoft partitions.
Preparing a Compact Flash card with a NetBSD partition (top)
Preparing a Compact Flash card without a NetBSD partition (top)
Getting support from mailing lists (top)
keyboard mapping control (top)
- Swap CTRLCAPS
- wsconsctl -w encoding=jp.swapctrlcaps
- Muhenkan key to Function 10 (for MGL2 switch window)
- wsconsctl -w map+="keysym Muhenkan = F10"
- Henkan key to Function 9 (for MGL2 change window)
- wsconsctl -w map+="keysym Henkan = F9"
pbsdboot.exe: the NetBSD/hpcmips boot loader
What is the NetBSD/hpcmips boot loader (pbsdboot.exe)? (top)
NetBSD/hpcmips boot loader options (top)
- Boot loader from Windows CE
- Boot loader from Windows CE environment called "pbsdboot.exe" is available from ftp.NetBSD.org.
- Boot loader Options
-d break into the kernel debugger
-m use miniroot in memory
-s single user mode
-h use serial console
-a ask for name:kernel ask root device (such as wd0a), dump device (such as wd0b), filesystem (such as ffs). To change root device on Slim SCSI card/IDE PCMCIA card, use this option and set root device to sd0/wd.
-b=DEV change boot device to DEV(wd0, sd0, nfs etc.)
Booting the kernel with a serial console (top)
- On pbsdboot, check & set these parameter:
- Options: h
- Serialport on
- Connect your terminal with 9600bps, 8bit, non-parity, VT100 mode
- pbsdboot frame buffer type setting
D8_FF : white type on black screen
D8_00 : black type on white screen
Automatically booting into NetBSD (top)
To skip touch panel calibration, power on with shift+power key.
Some systems will automatically run
XXXXXX is the CPU family. However,
that isn't true for all systems. Also the exact path is from memory
and may be slightly incorrect.
- CASIO Cassiopeia:
One-button boot on the Everex Freestyle (top)
Everex Freestyle systems can be configured to start the boot loader
at the press of a button!
To set up one-button boot loader invocation, place a copy of
pbsdboot.exe in the root directory of an FAT file system on
a compact flash, with the name
To boot, just push the Freestyle "Record" button. PHILIPS Nino312 can use this method.
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