FreeBSD 6.0 on TC1000 (was: wireless, ndis problems on Compaq TC1000 Tablet running 6-STABLE)

Milan Obuch stable at
Tue Mar 7 13:58:05 UTC 2006

On Wednesday 30 November 2005 15:38, John Nielsen wrote:
> On Tuesday 29 November 2005 06:03 pm, Milan Obuch wrote:
> > On Tuesday 29 November 2005 21:39, John Nielsen wrote:
> > > After successfully installing FreeBSD 6.0 on a Compaq TC1000 Tablet PC
> >
> > By the way, how did you install 6.0 there? I am working with TC1000 too,
> > but it looks almost impossible to install FreeBSD without keyboard. Just
> > would like to know possibilities - I tried 7.0 but ACPI does not work
> > (does not boot even, only with ACPI disabled).
> My only obstacle was getting a keyboard attached to the console - by
> default it would boot up to sysinstall just fine but the keyboard wouldn't
> work.  (It was detected, but not attached.. i.e. caps lock, etc would work
> but sysinstall wasn't getting any input.)
> Using a 6.0-BETA or RC disk (I don't remember which one), I wasn't able to
> get around this.  However, using 6.0-RELEASE I was able to use the builtin
> keyboard by disabling atkbd0 AND atkbdc0 in the loader.

I did verify this method with 6.1-BETA3. While I did not install it, only came 
to sysinstall, it works - even with ACPI loaded, which was my primary 
question. So after I build new 5.5-soon-to-be-RELEASE working partition, I 
can wipe currently used 5.4-STABLE, couple of months old one and put 6.1 
there to test.

> Loading the kbdmux module may or may not be helpful--I didn't end up
> needing it.

While I consider using loading kbdmux extremely useful, it did not work as an 
alternative for your installing method. Neither buttons nor keyboard worked, 
so no use...

> Once installed (and with sshd running as a backup), I updated to -STABLE
> and built a custom kernel that does not include atkbdc, atkbd, or psm.  It
> works fine. (And it's especially nice with a VESA 1024x768 mode in
> syscons.)

Could you share your setup? Kernel config and similar? Maybe X setup, if you 
are using it... I would like to put all information regarding TC1000 to my 
web log at, so others could benefit from my observations as well. 


N. B. No need to CC me, I read this list regularly.

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