small freebsd laptop suggestions?

Xn Nooby xnooby at
Fri Feb 17 13:52:22 PST 2006

I forget exactly what I tried a few months ago, I thought I tried everything
everyone said.  The hints you mentioned look different, so maybe I better
try them. Maybe the hints came from another thread, after I had given up.
If my existing laptop can be made to run FreeBSD without having to attach an
external USB keyboard, I will be very happy.


On 2/17/06, Micah <micahjon at> wrote:
> Xn Nooby wrote:
> > I would like to get a small laptop dedicated to (desktop) FreeBSD 6.x,
> > ideally one that could run Win2000 inside QEMU and has an nVidia chip so
> I
> > can do OpenGL stuff.   Any suggestions?  It doesnt have to be superfast,
> > though I would prolly want to drop a 100GB 2.5" drive in it later.
> >
> > 2 years ago I foolishly bought a HP Pavillion, and I have to use an
> external
> > keyboard with it for FreebSD (or else it wont boot).  The HP laptop is
> now a
> > dedicated Windows machine (and I'd return it if I could).
> >
> > Is anyone using a laptop that they are happy with?  Maybe a refurbished
> > Thinkpad? (though I prefer to buy lapotops new, in case they are
> duds).  I
> > dont particularly trust the online lists of "laptops that work with
> > FreeBSD", since my other laptop is on one of them.
> >
> > I plan to carry the laptop around a lot, so I'm looking for something a
> > little smaller than average.  My HP Pavillion is about 7lbs, which is
> too
> > big.  Maybe a small Thinkpad, if they still make them?
> No specific suggestion, just curious if you tried your pavillion with
> the settings that were recommended on this list a couple of months back?
>   Search for Pavillion laptop in the questions list.
> Quick recap: interrupt the kernel loading process, then
> set hint.sio.0.disabled=1
> set hint.sio.1.disabled=1
> set hint.atkbd.0.flags=0x9
> boot
> Works on my Presario (I know, not a Pavillion, but it's worth a try).
> Use the FreeBSD install disk to test it.
> As for specific laptops, find  one you like, search Google to see if
> anyone has gotten it to work with FreeBSD, repeat until you find one
> that works.  freebsd-mobile at might be a good place to ask
> too.  The archives of that list usually has several recommendations.
> HTH,
> Micah

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