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posted to writings on may 11th, 2009 with tags meta, nerd, and openbsd and commented on five times

since i've gotten a few e-mails on it and google is still sending traffic to me, my openbsd on laptops pages are no longer here (and are now redirecting to this post). i removed them from the site in 2008 because all of the information was outdated, save for my current laptop. most of the laptop models i wrote about are outdated anyway, but even if you did find and purchase them now, i'd rather you try the latest openbsd release or a -current snapshot and see what works and doesn't, rather than rely on something i said about the state of openbsd a year ago.

my /laptops/ urls were temporarily redirecting to the i386-laptop.html page on the openbsd website, but that page was itself removed in february 2009. a few openbsd developers agreed that laptops aren't special hardware anymore and should just work without a list of hacks or special Xorg configs. if things don't work, file bugs and work to get them fixed.

and while i'm on the meta subject, can spammers stop with all the comment spam? i realize this is pointless since spammers just do a spray-and-pray and never check that their spam actually makes it through, but come on. i'm able to detect and block about 99% of it that i don't even have to pass to defensio, which was doing a pretty good job of blocking 99% of it before.

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Ian (authentic) on may 26th, 2009 at 09:36:41:

How rude! Speaking as a devout son of a deposed Nigerian prince, I must say I am sick and tired of all the badmouthing that is going on! All I ask, all I ask is to make my humble living selling you products at lower-than-pharmacy prices and tipping you off to hilarious online videos. And for that, you all hate me? I just found your email address somewhere and was feeling lonely. For that I am burnt in effigy? Enough, I say! Stop rebuffing my offerings of OEM software! Let me into your life!

BG (not authenticated) on august 4th, 2009 at 02:18:10:

Any chance you can put the MSI Wind stuff back up? Did APM work for you?

joshua (authentic) on august 20th, 2009 at 09:42:14:

apm isn't supported on anything made in the past few years; they all use acpi instead of apm. since openbsd's acpi framework doesn't support suspend yet, no laptops can suspend/resume.

once the kernel supports acpi suspend and resume, the msi wind will most assuredly be supported. it's a very basic intel atom chipset without any other special hardware.

Joe Snikeris (authentic) on august 21st, 2009 at 03:11:05:

Hey Joshua,

I used your X40 page awhile back to get suspend-to-disk (hibernation) working in OpenBSD using APM. I'm trying to get it working in FreeBSD and could really use the information that you used to have up. Any chance you can email it to me or put it back up?

joshua (authentic) on august 21st, 2009 at 08:47:58:

tridge's tphdisk is needed to create the save2dsk.bin file that you put on the fat16-formatted type-16
partition (first partition on the disk, at least as big as the ram size).

there is usage info in the c file. openbsd has a tphdisk package, i'm assuming freebsd has it too (or at least in its ports tree).