[Fwd: Re: kern/123140: SMP boot causes slow KB, ATA drives not detected]

Bob Frazier bobf at mrp3.com
Fri Aug 29 22:10:03 UTC 2008

The following reply was made to PR kern/123140; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Bob Frazier <bobf at mrp3.com>
To: bug-followup at FreeBSD.org
Cc: Gavin Atkinson <gavin at FreeBSD.org>
Subject: [Fwd: Re: kern/123140: SMP boot causes slow KB, ATA drives not detected]
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2008 14:52:24 -0700

 > What might be of use is if you could attempt to boot one of the recent
 > 8.0 snapshot CDs (from
 > ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/snapshots/200806/ ) and see if you
 > still see the issue.  Also knowing if a 6.3 bootonly CD shows the same
 > issue would probably be useful.
 6.3 CD had the same problem as well, last I tried.  Also DL'd the 8.0
 livefs CD from the 200807 directory (8.0-CURRENT-200807-i386-livefs.iso)
 and it also had the same problem.  The latest Linux kernel (that I
 tried) also has a very very similar problem (I think it was 2.6.18).  So
 it's not something that isn't common throughout the open source OS world.
 On a related note...
 I have made the following additional observation and am attempting to 
 prove or disprove whether this is responsible.  The ACPI tables list IRQ 
 9 as being level triggered HIGH, whereas the "no APIC" boot log shows 
 IRQ 9 as being level triggered LOW (assigned by 'atpic').  I do not know 
 whether this is a problem in the ACPI table or the interpreter, but I 
 shall investigate this one further.  IRQ 9 (as I recall) affects 
 everything with a higher IRQ number on ISA platforms since if feeds from 
 the 2nd PIC.  So if keyboard and serial work ok, but the disk drives do 
 not, that might explain why.

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