More about the 9500S-4 issues with the MoBo and FreeBSD...
vkashyap at amcc.com
Wed Nov 30 17:25:33 GMT 2005
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Olaf Greve [mailto:o.greve at axis.nl]
> Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 12:56 AM
> To: Vinod Kashyap
> Cc: Nathan Vidican; ray at redshift.com; amd64 at freebsd.org
> Subject: Re: More about the 9500S-4 issues with the MoBo and
> > Are you sure you have the installation CD for amd64? The error
> > messages make me think you might be using an i386 version of the CD.
> Well, I D/L-ed it from the French (I think) FreeBSD mirror from the
> AMD64 directory... Having said that, I did notice the CDs
> bootstrap loader mentions freebsd/i386 (I meant to ask about
> that one).
> If indeed I somehow was totally numb (a thing which I cannot
> entirely exclude given some of the following I'm about to
> type) and made such a stupid mistake myself, then that could
> certainly explain a lot.
> However.... that still wouldn't explain why FreeBSD
> 5.4-release AMD64 also chokes on it; and on that CD I am 100%
> positive it's the AMD64 version, as I have installed it on my
> own AMD64 machine from the very same CDs. Also, really, I am
> about 99% (if not 100%) sure that I made very certain to D/L
> the AMD64 version. The ISO images also reflected that name (I
> think), so it's not very likely it's the i386 version.
I am sorry about the question, but the error messages looked
like ones that could get printed if the driver was running in a 64-bit
environment, but thought it was running in a 32-bit environment.
Anyways, please know that you can always contact 3ware support for help.
> Then: I'm amased. Really I am.
> As the client needs this machine to be up an running this
> Friday, yesterday evening I decided to opt for a different
> strategy: install this machine using the on-board RAID
> controller, then in the meantime ask the client to order an
> Opteron (or dual Opteron) with a Tyan MoBo, install, tune and
> test that one at ease and then when it's all set-up swap that
> with the machine I'm currently working on.
> So, just when I thought I had a workable strategy again, look
> at what horrors were bestowed upon me next: the Sil 3114
> on-board RAID controller recognises the drives, enters the
> BIOS, but when confirming the total RAID array size it
> totally hangs! And that's the controller's BIOS; it didn't
> even get to the point where one could install FreeBSD (or
> anything else for that matter). So, with "Plan B" out, there
> was even a "Plan C": use the nVidia on-board RAID controller.
> O.k., I plugged over the SATA controllers, configured the
> MoBo's BIOS to do this, and what do ya guess? Indeed, another
> full blown controller hang.
> Nice. :(
> Well, over the past 15 years I must have installed dozens of
> machines (several of them including Asus boards, in
> combination with Adaptec SCSI RAID controllers and various
> different versions and flavours (i.e.
> 1386/amd64) of FreeBSD), with OS-es ranging from MS-DOS,
> through the full array of W*nd*wses, FreeBSDs, Linuxes, and I
> can hardly recall any more troublesome installation process
> than this time; really, it reminds me of the good 'ole MS-DOS
> days where one had to jumper each and every ISA board and
> then tweak memory configurations in order to get the lot
> going. :((((((
> Actually, I think something is simply b*ll*xed up on the
> board, but I just can't put my finger on what it is. Surele
> even if it is primarily a gaming board, still these type of
> errors should not have occurred. I spent the better part of
> late last evening and the wee hours on reading the MoBo's
> docs, and checking if we perhaps missed something.
> I didn't spot anything, but something MUST be off... :((((
> Dunno. Time for a "plan D" I guess; I'll ask if the client
> can somehow get a working machine, and then I'll pull two
> more late nighters to at least get the bit I was supposed to
> do done: installing and tuning FreeBSD and MySQL. At present
> it's highly frustrating that I can't even really reach the OS
> installation part...:((((
> OK, guys thanks for hanging in there with me. I'm sure some
> day in the future I can laugh out loud at it too, just not
> right now....;)
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