This how-to describes how to install NetBSD/hpcsh on a Jornada 620LX. We will be using a 2 GB compact flash card and no swap.

The following is a basic recollection of the steps required to wrangle NetBSD 4.99.69 onto my 75MHz, 16MB/RAM HP Jornada 620LX. I know of at least one other 620LX with NetBSD on it, but that was 1.6; Most of the directions I found with regards to putting NetBSD on a Jornada were with the 720+ lines, which host a 200+MHz StrongARM CPU as well as 32-64+MB RAM.

Also, not having a serial cable for this (somewhat) rare Jornada I did the entire install through the in-ROM Windows CE and a CF Disk.

Contents

  1. List of things necessary for this install
  2. The process over-simplified
  3. The REAL breakdown
  4. References

List of things necessary for this install

The process over-simplified

  1. Install NetBSD on x86 and bring it up to -current
  2. Build tools/kernel/release for HPCSH on the x86 machine
  3. Partition (fdisk) & DiskLabel CF Disk
  4. Unpack release onto CF Disk
  5. Boot Jornada into CE and run HPCBoot.exe from CF Disk
  6. Enjoy NetBSD

The REAL breakdown


fdisk /dev/sd1
Do you want to change our idea of what BIOS thinks? [n] [enter]
Which partition do you want to change?: [none] 0
sysid: 1
start: 0
size: 24M
bootmenu [enter]
The bootselect code is not installed, do you want to install it now? [n] [enter]
Which partition do you want to change?: [none] 1
sysid: 169
start: (offset of partition 0's sectors)
size: (last sectors)
bootmenu [enter]
The bootselect code is not installed, do you want to install it now? [n] [enter]
Which partition do you want to change?: [none] [enter]
Update the bootcode from /usr/mdec/mbr? [n] [enter]
Should we write new partition table? [n] y

References

Original content from http://dayid.org/os/netbsd/doc/NetBSD-on-HPJornada620LX.html

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