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Re: Compatible Laptops.

From: Naoya Sugioka <naoya.sugioka@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2010 21:23:26 -0800

I'm using Dell M4400.

At first, it has a problem when acpi is loaded. Kerenl shows a panic
message with default config,
so I had to look for a workaround.
I read acpi(4) manpage, then append loader.conf


it was necessary to boot. But still boot strap has stopped with ACPI
module when following message
is displayed.

>  isa_probe_children: probing PnP devices

After I put some debug prints around it, I found ACPICA needs to be updated.

1. go, accept the license,  then download latest 102310 from www.acpica.org
2. replace sys/contrib/dev/acpica-unix with latest
3. apply necessary changes on  sys/dev/acpica5.
    I attach my wild patch for a reference - not sure it is right
modification though : )
4. compile the kernel, install.

Now my Dell laptop got booted with no trouble (hw.acpi_io_enable=0 is
required for SMP though)

So far, even if your laptop is not booted with default kernel, you can
still have fun to find out a
workaround.  Now I'm playing with wifi (iwn0).



On Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 4:40 PM, Justin C. Sherrill
<justin@shiningsilence.com> wrote:
> On Tue, November 16, 2010 9:33 pm, David Crosswell wrote:
>> Greetings all,
>> My old laptop, an HP Compaq nx6120 is playing up in a number of different
>> ways, so it looks like retirement time.
>> What's a good reliable model?
>> Any recommendations?
> There's a number of laptops mentioned on the dragonflybsd.org website.
> Several people have been using IBM/Lenovo laptops with general success.
> The "standard" netbook model usually works - Atom processor, etc, if you
> want that size of computer.

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