ATA/SATA lockups

Søren Schmidt sos at
Tue Sep 14 05:35:38 PDT 2004

Tony Byrne wrote:
> Hello Eric,
> Tuesday, September 14, 2004, 4:14:06 AM, you wrote:
> EG> I'm been having a strange problem with various builds of FreeBSD - 5.2-RELEASE
> EG> (at least) and up to 5.3-BETA4. Random hard lockups are occuring when writing
> EG> to two separate SATA drives.
> ...
> EG> I don't have much hard evidence
> EG> and information to provide. How can I go about gathering more information? I've
> EG> tried enabling WITNESS and other kernel debugging options, but no extra
> EG> debugging data was produced.
> ...
> EG> Any suggestions would be appreciated.
> I experienced the same problem with current a few months ago, with an
> Intel ICH5 chipset and an 80Gb SATA drive.  I was virtually guaranteed a hard
> lockup at least once a day during work hours and every morning I'd
> arrive in to a frozen box.  There was no pattern to the lockups.
> I "solved" the problem by moving to a non-SATA drive and removing the
> SATA drive from the system.
> Does anyone know the current status of ICH5 support?  I remember a number of
> mails to the list about ICH5 issues, but don't remember if these were
> ever addressed.

I fixed those long ago, thanks to Yahoo and FreeBSD Systems that kindly 
sponsored HW to make that happen !!


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