Unfortunately, this list is not really maintained due to lack of time. Please read my blog for specific hardware highlights.

Here's a summary of my old equipments. My base system was a homemade desktop, running Linux and Windows 10 (to play video games). I awfully like ancient and rock solid ThinkPads from IBM (and the first Lenovo units), so I bought many laptops including a IBM ThinkPad X40, a X200 (but the X200 had two issues) and a few X220. I also own some others machines (a router with OpenWRT for example).


OpenBSD: dmesg | Linux: lspci

The following list concerns my desktop and some USB peripherals. The peripherals work on Linux. It might be useful for several people. If it helped you, that would be nice to tell it to me.

USB peripherals

Keyboard / Mice

* Logitech K300

046d:c31b Logitech, Inc. Compact Keyboard K300

* Cyborg V.5 Keyboard

06a3:8020 Saitek PLC Eclipse Keyboard

* Dell Generic 105 Keys

413c:2003 Dell Computer Corp. Keyboard

* Logitech G5

046d:c049 Logitech, Inc. G5 Laser Mouse

N.B.: My 3 mechanical keyboards are not listed here.


* Desktop microphone Logitech USB Desktop

0556:0001 Asahi Kasei Microsystems Co., Ltd AK5370 I/F A/D Converter

* Netgear WNA1100

0846:9030 NetGear, Inc. WNA1100 Wireless-N 150 [Atheros AR9271]

* Wifi Hercules HWGUSB2-54-LB (old dongle)

06f8:e010 Guillemot Corp. HWGUSB2-54-LB

* EATON Ellipse MAX 850 VA USBS (I have two)

0463:ffff MGE UPS Systems UPS

N.B.: Perfectly compatible / supported with Network UPS Tools (see HWL).

USB Card Reader

* Transcend USB 3.0 Card Reader RDF5

8564:4000 Transcend Information, Inc. RDF8
External drive

* Case Enermax Brick EB308

1bcf:0c31 Sunplus Innovation Technology Inc.

* Belkin F5U304

050d:0304 Belkin Components FSU304 USB 2.0 - 4 Ports Hub

* Roccat Apuri

05e3:0608 Genesys Logic, Inc. USB-2.0 4-Port HUB

* Logitech RumblePad 2

046d:c218 Logitech, Inc. Logitech RumblePad 2 USB

* Buffalo Classic USB SNES GamePad

0583:2060 Padix Co., Ltd (Rockfire)

The following computers are sorted alphabetically by brand name.

Apple MacBook

As usual, I tested OpenBSD & NetBSD on an original MacBook (the one which feels like a plastic brick). The laptop seems to run nicely, probably better than the native OS(X). The Ethernet device worked with msk(4) on both OpenBSD / NetBSD.

OpenBSD: dmesg | NetBSD: dmesg

Dell Latitude E6410

OpenBSD and NetBSD are booting. The network cards are: Intel 82577LM (em0) and Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6200 (iwn0). This laptop is running OpenBSD and it is my building / testing amd64 machine. Afterward, the Wifi chipset and the drive were removed. I also disabled some peripherals in the BIOS, to reduce the power consumption. If you plan to install OpenBSD, you MUST switch from RAID mode to AHCI in the BIOS. If not, the internal HDD won't be seen by the kernel and you'll be also unable to reboot or halt correctly the system.

OpenBSD: dmesg | NetBSD: dmesg

Dell OptiPlex 790

This is my old workstation at the office. It runs flawlessly with a Debian Wheezy and free Radeon drivers for the HD5450. The fan is bit noisy though, but it's not critical.

OpenBSD: dmesg | NetBSD: dmesg | Linux: dmesg

Dell Studio 1537

I bought this portable computer in 2011 and it's still running. I'm quite satisfied even if I needed to change some pieces, like the keyboard (was hard compared to Latitude Series). The PC is heavy (around 2,7 kg) so it's not that easy to take it when I travel.

OpenBSD: dmesg | NetBSD: dmesg | Linux: dmesg - lspci

HP EliteBook 840 G3

This model is not too bad. At first glance, I thought the palmrest was an aluminium piece, but it is full plastic. It is easy to access to the internal components (battery, RAM or SSD). The keyboard is far from being satisfying (to not say awful). Even if the laptop feels robust, it is not as sturdy as usual X series from Lenovo. The Intel Ethernet I219 NIC worked fine with OpenBSD and DragonFly. The machine has many ports and therefore is very practical.

OpenBSD: dmesg | DragonFly BSD: dmesg | Linux: dmesg

HP ProBook 430 G1

A tiny laptop with an aluminium case which is a bit weak. Not the best quality but still acceptable (once again, this machine isn't mine). I tried to boot with OpenBSD 5.5 and -current (5.6 at this time), but it didn't work. Stuck at booting bsd.rd:

booting cd0a:/5.6/amd64/bsd.rd:

It might be the same "issue" as described on openbsd-misc. However, I recorded a dmesg, using NetBSD.

NetBSD: dmesg

IBM ThinkPad T42

A former coworker donated me this machine. ThinkPads from IBM era are just extraordinary when we talk about build quality. It was long time ago I didn't use a trackpad so comfortable. The battery and the RTC are exhausted but regardless of that, it runs fine with OpenBSD/i386 (the machine died, unable to know why).

OpenBSD: dmesg

IBM ThinkPad X40

This is a wonderful laptop. It feels really solid and robust. After some tweaks in the BIOS, it's silent. I'll replace the PATA HDD by a CF card or a mSATA SSD. I'll probably gain speed and reduce heat/HDD noise.

MirBSD: dmesg | NetBSD: dmesg

Lenovo ThinkPad X220

I don't need to introduce the X220. It's a reference for many people (including me). Probably one of my favourite laptops so far. The build quality is nice and it's not even heavy. The fan is quiet and it never become hot under normal use. The Ethernet and Wifi cards are supported natively.

OpenBSD: dmesg | NetBSD: dmesg | Bitrig: dmesg

Shuttle XH61V

I don't own this machine, but I was able to boot OpenBSD on it. At work, we have many XH61V and they are wonderful (silent, support Intel Core i{3,5,7}, plenty of ports like DVI, HDMI or USB3 and the most important part: two Ethernets). The dual Realtek 8111E (RTL8168E/8111E-VL) is working perfectly on OpenBSD, using re(4). On NetBSD, it's also supported by re(4).

OpenBSD: dmesg | NetBSD: dmesg

TP-Link WDR3600

The router has many advantages, that's why I chose it: supported OOB by OpenWrt, Gigabit ports, it has two antennas, dual band Wifi (Atheros), two USB ports and the enclosure isn't hot. I reached promising uptimes (661 days now) without disconnections. Despite what people think, it's not a modem.

Linux: dmesg


The dmesgs found on this page were submitted to dmesgd. For the complete list, visit the following page.

In addition to desktops & laptops, I have many "exotic" things like Seagate Dockstar, Zipit Z2, Raspberry Pi or a working Game Boy Pocket. Unfortunately, I do not have enough time to play with all my toys.