Some newbie questions
smith_wa at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 17 14:22:56 EDT 2008
I was able to find a fairly old Netwinder 275, and got it working OK. It must be one of the older models, with 32MB RAM, and a 810MB HD. The OS kernel date is June 29, 1998. I've read through the archives here, and most of the material posted at http://netwinder.oregonstate.edu/pub/. Apparently, most of the firmware has been removed from the site due to GPL restrictions. I'd love to update the firmware so that I could also update the OS.
Any ideas as to how firmware can be obtained? Do any other boot managers work on this machine?
I will probably try to replace the existing hard disk with a CF-IDE adapter. Has anyone tried this, and if so, does it then run cool enough to shut off the fan? Any real performance hits with a Compact Flash, and would it be safe to turn off swap?
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