NetBSD 7.1 on the Atari TT

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Re: NetBSD 7.1 on the Atari TT

Post by Icky » Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:31 pm

To add a few more references as I am working around the web standing on the shoulders of giants (there is a lot of good work people have done in the past around NetBSD and all the people on this forum with software and hardware. I am only a mere tinkerer of tech).

Reference to installing source files to be able to cross build on: Great source of Atari TT NetBSD information: My current stumbling blocks I am working on:
  • Getting Server to work with the ET4000 card I have. Kernel recognises the card but am currently getting crashes with the Xserver
  • Building a decent window manager for X on NetBSD am currently trying to cross compile KDE and xcfe

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Re: NetBSD 7.1 on the Atari TT

Post by tuxie » Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:21 pm

Icky wrote:
Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:23 pm
tuxie wrote:
Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:34 pm
That’s great, will test it on my tt with IDE HDD and Our fastram card, would be a goal to get the lightning usb working using netbsd :)
Are you the tuxie I am currently in contact with to obtain a Thunder and Storm card?
Yes i am, but with other user name i think ? Or by Mail/Facebook ?

Regards

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Re: NetBSD 7.1 on the Atari TT

Post by Icky » Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:49 pm

tuxie wrote:
Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:34 pm
That’s great, will test it on my tt with IDE HDD and Our fastram card, would be a goal to get the lightning usb working using netbsd :)
Hi tuxie. I have just installed the Storm (256MB) and Thunder card today (brilliant pieces of kit) and tried to boot the NetBSD 7.1 image with them. The boot was so much faster but it did not succeed. The AtariTT kernel does not have the Falcon IDE interface code in it. I will have to create an additional AtariTT-Thunder-kernel for NetBSD to boot and run from the Thunder IDE interface.

Thunder and Storm card installed with 256MB and an SD to IDE adaptor
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I'll let you know how I get on and once done I'll post an disk image.

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Re: NetBSD 7.1 on the Atari TT

Post by tuxie » Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:34 pm

great news, and yes this was also in my mind that the ide support is missing.

Idk if the smartswap mode would work, so the cf/sd is windows compatible. But there the partition tables are named in bytecode.

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Re: NetBSD 7.1 on the Atari TT

Post by tuxie » Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:53 pm

Any success ?

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Re: NetBSD 7.1 on the Atari TT

Post by Icky » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:09 am

tuxie wrote:
Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:53 pm
Any success ?
Not yet. Have been battling time and failures. The New Year has started with a bang. My day job is keeping me away from the land of Atari and to top it all my main computer (where I have been compiling NetBSD) has had a motherboard failure and am waiting a new board.

However despite these annoying distractions I have managed to get the Falcon code for IDE into a kernel for NetBSD 7.1.1. Not so impressed with my coding as its hacky (being a quality software developer manager I need to give myself a good talking to). I intend to clean up and create a proper selection for this in NetBSD code using flags etc.

However I am at the kernel panic / debug stage as it is bombing at the initialising the wdc0 at mainbus0 on startup.

Will keep you posted once I get more time to look at this.

One thing though - when booting via the Thunder IDE interface up to the panic the speed compared to the TT SCSI and a Gigafile is very noticeably faster.

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Re: NetBSD 7.1 on the Atari TT

Post by tuxie » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:15 am

Icky wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:09 am

One thing though - when booting via the Thunder IDE interface up to the panic the speed compared to the TT SCSI and a Gigafile is very noticeably faster.
Mostly the SCSI Devices are between 1,2-2MB/s so its up to 3 times faster and the Storm Fastram card is also much faster then all other cards, so you can feel it.

And your time, thats not a problem take your time i know this feeling ;)

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