The laptop is currently running both FreeBSD 5.4 and MS Windows XP happily.
In the past, NetBSD 2.0 and Debian Linux were running on this machine.
It doesn't seem like there's any hardware fault in the laptop to me
because I've never experienced any similar problem booting these
other operating systems.
Maybe a harware support issue?
I have tried booting an OpenBSD kernel a few different ways on the
laptop... without success.
1. Directly from an unofficial OpenBSD CD (ISO from ftp.zedz.net) ---
OpenBSD versions 3.7, 3.8 and 3.9.
2. From the OliveBSD live-cd, homepage at
<http://g.paderni.free.fr/olivebsd/> (the live-cd is an OpenBSD 3.8 system).
3. From the 3.9 floppies: floppy39.fs, floppyB39.fs and floppyC39.fs at
I don't own an official OpenBSD CD (sorry!), otherwise I would also have
tested booting from this.
The kernel error message is always the same, that a fatal page fault
The attached file, dmesg_acer_travelmate_233X.jpg, is a photo of the
I HAVE booted OpenBSD successfully on this laptop using the VMware
(version 4.5) x86 emulation software running under MS Windows XP.
But what good is installing OpenBSD on the laptop if I have to boot
Windows XP to use it?