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=== what is supported and what is not ??? ===
== NetBSD ==
== NetBSD ==

Revision as of 03:22, 7 December 2009


Motorola Sandpoint X4, a bit about the ppc reference platform

The Sandpoint is a reference platform designed by Motorola to help people develop hardware and software around various PowerPC processors. The basic system is an ATX form-factor motherboard with standard PC devices (IDE, floppy, serial, parallel), 4 PCI slots, and a mezzanine slot to which several different processor modules may be attached.

About the ppc7410 head sink

to replace unscrew the 2 parts, slide the head sink onto the part so the rails catch under the chip Tighten a little


platform support ???

is there support for 2.6 kernels ? only 2.4 ???

what is supported and what is not ???


Currently, NetBSD/sandpoint requires the use of Motorola's DINK32 ROM to load over a serial port. This means that there is no way to boot from a local disk or PCI device.

Supported processor cards

  • mobo sandpoint/X4 with MPC8240
  • CPUmodule Altimus X3 with either MPC755 or MPC7410

Other PMCs should work, but may need minor adjustments or more substantial work to support additional functionality.

Supported devices

  • Ethernet
         - Asante Mac 10/100 PCI Rev A, part number 09-00169-01 (de) 
         - Farallon Fast EtherTX 10/100, part number PN996L-TX (de) 
         - SMC Etherpower II (9432TX) (epic) 
         - SMC 83c170 (epic) 
         - 3Com 3c905 (ex) 
         - Intel EtherExpress PRO/10+ PCI LAN Adapter (fxp) 
         - Realtek 8029 Ethernet (ne) 
         - VIA Technologies VT86C926 (ne) 
         - D-Link DFE-530TX+ (rtk) 
         - Realtek 8139 (rtk) 
         - Netgear FA-311 (sip) 
         - Lite-On PNIC (tlp) 
         - D-Link DFE-530TX (vr) 
         - Many other PCI Ethernet interfaces, such as Tulip-compatible (de and tlp), 3Com (ep), SMC (epic), Intel (fxp), NE2000-compatible (ne), and Realtek (rtk) 
  • SCSI
         - Adaptec PCI controllers 291x, 2920, 2930C, 294x, 295x, 39xx, 19160, 29160 and AIC-78xx (ahc) 
         - AdvanSys ABP-940UW[68], ABP-970UW[68], ASB3940UW-00 SCSI host adapters (adw) 
         - AdvanSys 1200[A,B], 9xx[U,UA] SCSI controller (adv) 
         - AMD 53c974 (pcscp) 
         - DPT SmartCache/SmartRAID (dpt) 
         - NCR/Symbios 53C8xx (siop or esiop) 
         - Many other PCI SCSI controllers should work, but no one has tried them 
         - Most SCSI disk/tape/CD-ROM devices should work 
  • IDE
         - Promise Ultra66 (pciide) 
         - Some other PCI IDE controllers should work, although no one has had much success 
         - Most IDE disk/CD-ROM/ATAPI devices should work 
  • Audio
         - PCI audio cards, although none have been tested. 
  • Serial ports
         - On-board serial ports (the modem and printer ports) (com0 and com1) 
         - Some PCI serial ports should work, but no one has tried them 
  • PCI cards
         - Most MI PCI cards should work, although very few have been tested with NetBSD/sandpoint http://www.NetBSD.org/support/hardware/pci.html 

Unsupported devices

  • Built-in PS/2 keyboard & mouse
  • Built-in parallel
  • Built-in floppy
  • Built-in IDE

Supported boot devices

Currently, the only way to boot the system is with the DINK32 ROM monitor's serial download or a JTAG device.


  • Booting the installer
  • Once the kernel is downloaded (s-rec ascii or binary), type "go 90000" to start the kernel.

Example of a normal boot Of course, a lot of the information in this example depends on your model and what your boot method is, but we'll include this anyways just so you get an idea of what to expect (user-typed commands are in bold).

   DINK32>> go 90000
   [ XXX - insert boot w/ installer on ramdisk instead of this example ]

Common Problems and Error Messages Insufficient data.