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Old 28th May 2016
KenJackson KenJackson is offline
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Default DRM i915 gmch panic installing NetBSD 7.0.1 amd64

I'm trying to install NetBSD 7.0.1 amd64 on a 10-year old Intel DG35EC board with an Intel Core2 Quad Q8200 processor. The installation menu appears normally, I select 1, 2 or 3 to install with or without ACPI and SMP and it starts unwinding some installation files.

Then it panics with green text on black. I can't capture the text, but I wrote some of it down:
agpo: can't find MMIO registers i915drmkms0 at pci0 dev 2 function 0: vendor 0x8086 product 02982 (rev. 0x03)
DRM error in i915_gmch_probe: failed to setup gmch
panic: extent_free: region not found...
I've run Windows and FreeBSD on this machine and it currently boots a Finnix 111 rescue Linux USB stick OK. I've tried using a different USB drive.

Is there any way to get NetBSD installed on this machine?
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Old 29th May 2016
schnoebe schnoebe is offline
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Default Disable the i915 drivers.

At the boot prompt from the CD, (select 1,2,3,etc), drop to the boot command prompt, and then disable the i915* modules by entering the following:
userconf disable i915*
(I believe that's the correct, double check with manual pages to be sure.)

Last edited by schnoebe; 29th May 2016 at 12:14 AM. Reason: correcting the quote to a code block
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Old 2nd June 2016
KenJackson KenJackson is offline
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Couldn't get it to work, so I installed OmniOS instead.

I wanted to get back to NetBSD, partly because I liked using a simple UNIX with pkgsrc. But I also wanted to try out one of the illumos Solaris distros.

Even though OmniOS is intended to be a server, not a desktop, I can use Joyent's pkgsrc repo. It's intended for their own illumos Solaris distro, SmartOS, but it works just fine with OmniOS.

I haven't gotten X to work yet (always a problem with everything but Linux), but I've installed lots of pkgsrc packages. Fun.
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