Almost transplanted NeXTSTEP

Disk command errors

Disk command errors

I forgot just how crap pci ide controllers and disks can be.

I installed using Qemu 0.9 and having it drive the disk directly.   Naturally, MS-DOS works fine.

9 thoughts on “Almost transplanted NeXTSTEP

  1. I do things like this with VirtualBox, raw disk access works pretty well. I’m pretty sure I installed NeXTSTEP once like this – although I didn’t use a “real” disk, I installed it on a CF-Card that I accessed via raw disk access.



  2. This reminds me of the strange behavior exhibited by modern versions of qemu. I installed NeXTSTEP 3.3 on qemu 2.7.0 and the same ‘interrupt timeout’ errors. In that case, it was that edge triggered interrupts weren’t being handled properly. It was fixed by applying the first half of this patch:

    Maybe whatever Intel did in this i8xx chipset interrupt controller wasn’t standard?

    • It could be a hint, that is for sure! I never thought my old p4 ‘white box’ was such a special thing as it installed NS without any issues, but obviously it was.

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