NetBSD on Umax Pulsar

NetBSD on Umax Pulsar

Post by Stephen Chu » Mon, 12 Aug 2002 18:25:29

Anyone succeed in installing NetBSD on a Umax Pulsar (604e/233) with X
windows running?



1. Boot problems on a Umax Pulsar


I'm trying to install Linux on my Umax Pulsar (a.k.a. Supermac S900),
but it keeps crashing during the boot sequence. Apparently the on-board
hardware is identified (the last line that seems OK is "eth0: MACE
at..."), and then it halts. Registers are dumped, followed by the error
message "Kernel Panic: kernel access of bad area PC C0100444"..."task:

Somehow this is caused by the Umax E100 ("Mercury") card that sits in
the first PCI slot. When I remove it, the machine does boot normally,
right into the X-based installer. Now I don't need this card under
Linux, but of course I don't want to remove it every time I start Linux.

my configuration:
Umax Pulsar
208 MB RAM
Voodoo 3 2000
E100 "Mercury" card (UW SCSI + fast ethernet)
+ MacOS-only HD connected to it
another HD connected to internal Fast SCSI (this one will hold the Linux

LinuxPPC 1999 Q3 + BootX 1.1.3 + live.filesystem image

Is there a kernel parameter that tells it to ignore the PCI card in slot
Is anybody running LinuxPPC on a Pulsar+Mercury combination? What about
Or have I got something else totally wrong?

Thanks in advance,

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