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Running Minix 3 on a Neoware Neostation 3000

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

I’ve installed Minix 3 on my Neoware Neostation 3000.

My Neostation 3000 is equiped with a 233MHz AMD Geode processor, 32MB SD-RAM in the SO-DIMM slot, one normal SD-RAM DIMM which was empty during installation ,one IDE interface and RTL8139 network chip (which is supported by Minix). Installing an Operating System on the Neostation is less easy than on a regular PC.  First it does not have a build-in optical drive, but it does have an IDE interface. According to this site the Neostation has problems with two devices on the IDE interface. So you can’t connect both a harddrive and an optical drive at the same time. My ‘harddrive’ is a 4GB Transcend Compact Flash card connected to a CF->IDE converter. I’ve connected my CF card with the converter on an other machine and installed Minix from an optical drive. At the installation i choose to use the RTL8139 card even though my system does not have one. After installation it might hang for a while on not finding the ethernet card but you can skip it by pressing control+c. After the installation was done i’ve removed the CF card and put it in the Neostation and it works fine. I’ve put 256MB extra RAM in the free DIMM slot but onfortunately it only supports 128MB per slot, so only 128MB is usable.  Some other ways to consider installing an OS on the neostation is using an USB drive or copying the image to your drive using an other system.

Neostation 3000 with a Transcend 4GB 133x card on an CF->IDE converter

Neostation 3000 with a Transcend 4GB 133x card on an CF->IDE converter

We don't want a short-circuit do we?

We don't want a short-circuit do we?