[talk] Ike's OpenBSD laptop meeting

Isaac Levy ike at blackskyresearch.net
Sun Feb 1 18:56:56 EST 2015


> On Feb 1, 2015, at 10:06 AM, Scott Robbins <scottro at nyc.rr.com> wrote:
>> On Sat, Jan 31, 2015 at 05:04:23PM -0500, Scott Robbins wrote:
>>> On Sat, Jan 31, 2015 at 04:34:03PM -0500, Christos Zoulas wrote:
>>> On Jan 31,  4:30pm, george at ceetonetechnology.com (George Rosamond) wrote:
>>> -- Subject: [talk] Ike's OpenBSD laptop meeting
>>> | For those who don't have a laptop to test out OpenBSD on and don't have
>>> | an extra disk to install it on, I recommend hitting Ebay for a Thinkpad,
>>> | even an ancient one.  An x120e works nicely, and believe it or not, an
>>> | x60/61 is sufficient also.  Don't pay a lot for either, and you'll
>>> | probably need to buy a new battery.
>>> | 
>>> | Note that the meeting is on February 10th, the SECOND TUESDAY of the month.
>> For what it's worth, while not sure if this would run with OpenBSD, NewEgg
>> is selling some refurbished Lenovo L420's, with 4GB of RAM and i5
>> processors, for around $260 through Think Green PC.  
> Well, I tested this this morning with OpenBSD,and unfortunately, upon
> booting from an install USB it stopped with an error a few lines after
> booting.

This *might* be the USB ports themselves, as the kernel takes over, OpenBSD doesn't currently support usb 3.0- which is all over on Lenovo kit.  Typically, the inner fin on a usb3 port is blue.

On my x220, two workarounds:
- install from usb2 port if you have it, x220 rh side usb is 2.0 only.
- disable usb3 in bios, x220 I did this for all ports anyhow to make them all working USB 2.0.

This trade off, and others, covered in the talk.


>  It's not something I'm going to investigate, as my time is
> limited and I can easily run OpenBSD on two other laptops that I have.  I
> didn't do any testing outside of creating the USB and trying to boot the
> laptop.  Anyway, judging from this one, not at all investigated experience,
> the laptop I mentioned last night might not be the best choice for ann
> OpenBSD laptop--or, it may be some slightly off hardware on my USB or the
> laptop that I have, and not affect anyone but me.
> -- 
> Scott Robbins
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