Updated: 2021/Apr/14

HPCBOOT(8)                  System Manager's Manual                 HPCBOOT(8)

     hpcboot - load and boot kernel from Windows CE


     hpcboot is a program that runs on Windows CE.  It loads and executes the
     specified NetBSD kernel.  hpcboot supports hpcarm, hpcmips, and hpcsh

     Click on the "Boot" button to start the boot process with selected
     options.  Click on the "Cancel" button to exit hpcboot.

   Kernel Tab
     On this tab you can select the kernel to boot and options to pass to the

         In this combobox you specify the "current" directory.  The kernel and
         miniroot image pathnames are taken to be relative to this directory.

         hpcboot can load kernel and miniroot from FAT and UFS filesystems,
         and via HTTP.

         In this text field you specify the name of the kernel to load.
         Kernels compressed with gzip(1) are supported.

         Select your H/PC model in this combobox.

     Root File System
         This group of controls lets you specify the desired root file system
         type.  You can select wd(4), sd(4), md(4), and NFS root.

         If you select md(4) memory disk root file system, you should specify
         the path name of the file system image in the text field below.
         Miniroot images compressed with gzip(1) are supported.

     Kernel Boot Flags
         This group of controls is used to pass boot flags to the kernel.

   Option Tab
     On this tab you can specify miscellaneous options that mostly control the
     hpcboot program itself.

     Auto Boot
         If this option is selected hpcboot will automatically boot NetBSD
         after the specified timeout.

     Reverse Video
         Tells kernel if it should use the framebuffer in reverse video mode.

     Pause Before Boot
         If selected, a warning dialog will be presented before anything is
         done, right after the "Boot" button is pressed.

     Load Debug Info
         This option currently does nothing.

     Safety Message
         If selected, a warning dialog will be presented after the kernel has
         been loaded and prepared to be started.  This will be your last
         chance to cancel the boot.

     Extra Kernel Options
         In this text field you can specify additional options to pass to the

   Console Tab
     This tab gets its name from the big text area that hpcboot uses as the
     "console" to report its progress.

     Save To File
         If checked, the progress log will be sent to the specified file

     "Checkboxes Anonymous"
         The row of 8 checkboxes controls debugging options for hpcboot
         itself.  They control the bits of an internal variable, the leftmost
         checkbox being the 7th bit.

     "Buttons Anonymous"
         The buttons "a" to "d" control 4 "hooks" a developer might want to
         use during hpcboot development.

     kloader(4), boot(8)

     The hpcboot utility first appeared in NetBSD 1.6.

     hpcboot reads the entire kernel image at once, and requires enough free
     area on the main memory.

NetBSD 9.99                      April 3, 2004                     NetBSD 9.99