8355 Laptop Running FreeBSD
(A lot of Laptop vendors sell variants of this laptop all based
on same board).
Page started August 2010. Laptop board seems to have been
around since about 2003.
A very heavy ( Hardware manual (from cdrom from Mitac) says
in spec. on page 111 of 117: 7.94 lb (3.6 kg) ) & hot
laptop I wouldn't want on my lap, better on a desk. I removed
the 80 G IDE disc with XP on NTFS & installed a 250 G
Hardware manual (from cdrom from Mitac) says in spec. on page
111 of 117
2.5-inch, 9.5 mm high, IDE, Ultra DMA 66/100/133 support
So I need to check dmesg for performance later.
Get to BIOS with Fn F2
BIOS announces: "Insyde Software SCU"
Vendor: Insyde Software
Release Date: 06/08/2004
Summary: a primitive old BIOS, not many options, no option to
boot off USB stick,
BIOS: Boot Sector Protect Mechanism Is Misleadingly
What initially prevented FreeBSD
installation was a BIOS
boot sector protect mechanism which used strange labelling.
The BIOS has option "Security -> Hard Disk Boot Sector"
with 2 states available: 'Ticked' & 'Not ticked =
Underscore'. We had previously left it as Underscore,
(wrongly assuming that meant no boot sector protection). it
actually seemed to mean silently discard boot sector
When changed to Ticked, (which we had wrongly assumed
meant boot sector protect) it allowed install & boot
from disc of FreeBSD
(though it also complained on first boot (but not
subsequent boots) of boot sector content change).
Nice if one was available ? as no USB boot, & dmesg
reports strange things, eg:
- CPU: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3400+ (800.03-MHz
- real memory = 8572108800 (8175 MB)
avail memory = 1018789888 (971 MB)
- 2 x "No handler for Region"
Hardware manual (from cdrom from Mitac) says un spec. on
page 111 of 117 :
2 x 200-pin DDR SO-DIMM socket for expansion, up to 1024
MB; supports PC 2100/2700/3200 specifications
data extracts (from the
Vendor: Insyde Software
Release Date: 06/08/2004
BIOS is upgrade-able
Base Board Information
Lock: Not Present
String 1: Insyde Software SM-BIOS For VT8383
Is BIOS upgrade available ? URLS to explore:
Posting to FreeBSD
A laptop here emits a puzzling dmesg to both 8.1-RC2 & 8.1-RELEASE:
> real memory = 8572108800 (8175 MB)
> avail memory = 1018789888 (971 MB)
> BIOS reckons it has 1G. No panel to unscrew to inspect memory.
> I don't believe 8G
real memory = 8572108800 (8175 MB)
Physical memory chunk(s):
0x0000000000001000 - 0x000000000009bfff, 634880 bytes (155 pages)
0x0000000000f1a000 - 0x000000003e19ffff, 1026056192 bytes (250502 pages)
avail memory = 1018191872 (971 MB)
ACPI APIC Table: <INSYDE APIC_000>
x86bios: IVT 0x000000-0x0004ff at 0xffffff0000000000
x86bios: SSEG 0x010000-0x01ffff at 0xffffff8000007000
x86bios: EBDA 0x09f000-0x09ffff at 0xffffff000009f000
x86bios: ROM 0x0a0000-0x0effff at 0xffffff00000a0000
Did not work properly first time. After a cold reboot
next day dmidecode
Source to look at re dmesg memory 1G/4G size reporting
vi -c/reasonable /sys/amd64/amd64/machdep.c
NOTES To Source
To Do Later
- USB : Works with a mouse. Not tried further if 1
& 2 & which ports provide power (1 port on my
Toshiba Satellite does not provide power)
- mbmon does not work.
- if powerd runs, & a load, eg ports build in
progress, sysctl hw.acpi.thermal.tz0.temperature
jumps from 47 to 75 !
See note in article by Adrian
Allen: Take a look at that crummy foil TIM
joint! When I was peeling it off, it seemed to consist
of a layer of thin foil with a thick waxy thermal
compound under it. No thermal compound actually
contacted the CPU.
- Screen Brightness (Yellow Num Lock Function Keys Fn
F6 & Fn F7 Do work work under BSD ! The difference
is slight, as the bell beeps too, one first assumes the
key is rejected, & one assumes no difference, pay
more attention, there is a little difference at each
key stroke. The bell beeps up to 7 times per direction,
indicating 8 states. No difference visible on output
from sysctl -a. Hardware manual on CDROM says:
The display output might be set to an external device.
To switch the display back to the LCD, press Fn+F5
- cpu suspend/ resume: Not tried.
- Memory (camera size) slot at front: Not tried.
- Firewire: Not tried.
- Parallel port: Not tried.
- WiFi: Not tried. Hardware manual (from cdrom from
Mitac) says in spec. on page 111 of 117 : IEEE 802.11b
Assembly & Over clocking
http://www.overclockers.com/tips1192/index02.asp by Adrian
Paul quotes a user manual (from where?) with :
- ROM BIOS - 256 KB Flash
EEPROM (includes system and VGA BIOS) RAM - 2 \xd7
200-pin DDR SO-DIMM socket for expansion, up to 1024 MB;
supports PC 2100/2700/3200 specifications System Video -
Linux page (More useful, with multiple real URLs, & no
pseudonyms unlike some forums for MS users
AMD Athlon 64 3000+, 1024MB RAM DDR, Hitachi DK23FB 40GB
HDD, TEAC DV-W22E DVD-R/-RW, 15" XGA, 4xUSB (2.1), Intel
537 Modem, VIA Rhine-II 10/100 LAN, Intel PRO/Wireless 2100
3B LAN, VIA IEEE1394 (FireWire), 15" XGA Display, ATI
Mobility Radeon 9600 NP, VIA 8235 Sound, ENE Technology
Flashcard Reader. Xeron have upgraded the WLAN in this
machine: now they ship with the 802.11g chipset from Intel:
ProWireless 2200 BG.
This machine seems to be also sold by Yakumo as Q8M
Power64XD and by Bullman though I can't remember the model
name. The OEM model behind all these seems to be the Mitac
by Sebastian Henschel