Another NS3.3 Intel user

Started by griffo, February 19, 2007, 04:34:51 AM

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              I thought I should stick my head above the parapet and say hi.

I have been tinkering with NS on and off for a while on various white hardware for the past 10 years or so.

I have finally got back to rebuilding NS 3.3 on my main obscure :shock: O/S PC (NS, Beos, Plan 9).

For interest the spec is as follows:

Asus P2B-L
Matrox Millenium II (8MB)
Seagate Hawk 2GB SCSI
SoundBlaster AWE32
Adaptec 1542C

NS works v.well with the Beta drivers for the Millenium and the inbuilt Intel Pro+ (82558) network interface works fine 82557 driver.

As you might expect, there is a lot of juggling of irqs/ports to get all of this hardware to co-exist... in the end I had to disable the onboard serial ports to free up enough irqs.

The only problem at the moment is the audio is somewhat intermittent in operation, so it looks like I still need to do some more tinkering.

I also have another lower spec PC which runs NS,

80486 DX2/66
Cirrus Logic VLB (which does 1024x768 greyscale)
SMC Elite Ultra 16

which I guess was the developer spec of "choice" back in the early days of  the first white version of NS.

I remember running this up at work many years ago and marvelled at how easily I could print to the HP network printers and login to the Novell 3.x servers on the intranet... so seemless. More recently I fired up the x3270 emulator and was able to use/abuse our decrepit old mainframe based fault management system... still didn't make it fun  :).

Anyway apart from getting all the h/w wrinkles sorted out, I'm keen to improve the general dev (compiling) environment and learn a bit more about under the hood. Having spent the last years working in a primarily Solaris environment, the BSD/Mach flavour is refreshing.