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DragonFly on a Intel G965 Mainboard

From: Markus Hitter <mah@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2006 11:00:02 +0100

Hello all,

after working and developing on MacOS 9, Mac OS X, IRIX and AIX for some 15 years I recently decided to assemble a "generic Intel" box: E6400 processor, Intel DG965SS Mainboard, 0.5 GB RAM, SATA, Ethernet and X3000 Graphics on board, latest BIOS installed. While Windows 2000 installed just fine, I've yet to get some flavour of BSD or Linux running. DragonFly appears to be the most appealing OS out of the bunch, so I'd like to take a deeper look into the failures here.

The trouble is obviously the presence of a lot of hardware more modern than the distros available. FreeBSD 6 boots up to where I can partition drives, but then fails to "find" the cd it runs off. Gentoo Linux runs up to the graphical UI with "gentoo acpi=off all-generic- ide irqpoll debug" parameters given to the kernel, but fails to install something, then.

Now DragonFly. If I attempt to boot the default kernel or the acpi- off kernel from the 1.6 release, the last lines read:

**WARNING** waiting for the following device to finish configuring:
xpt: func=0xc014cd31 arg=0
(repeated 4 times)
Giving up, interrupt routing is probably hosed
Mounting root from cd9660:cd0c
no such device 'cd'
setrootbyname failed
iso_mountroot: can't find rootvp
Root mount failed: 6
(... similar for cd9660:acd0c, cd9660:cd1c, cd9660:acd1c and cd9660:/ dev/acd0a)

Then the boot hangs.

My question is: is there some option to run not only the bootloader, but the entire OS off BIOS drivers? If not, how would I go to add such support?

Thanks, Markus

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Dipl. Ing. Markus Hitter

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