AARRRGGHHH! (was Re: TIMEOUT - WRITE_DMA errors in security output)

Louis LeBlanc FreeBSD at keyslapper.org
Sun Aug 29 20:16:16 PDT 2004

On 08/28/04 09:04 AM, Subhro sat at the `puter and typed:
> Well it is really unfortunate that hard disks don't need a reason to
> die. Maybe you are right. Are you using a 40 conductor or a 80
> conductor cable? You can also try disabling DMA by setting the values
> displayed by sysctl -a | grep dma to 0 in /boot/loader.conf
> Regards
> S.

Somehow I don't think that's going to solve my problem.  After adding
the following line to loader.conf:
the machine just freezes up while trying to mount the root partition.

I managed to boot to an old kernel and fix that problem.

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