Any successful installs on a Broadcom HT1000 chipset?

Søren Schmidt sos at deepcore.dk
Mon Nov 26 23:43:20 PST 2007


Barney Cordoba wrote:
> --- Søren Schmidt <sos at freebsd.org> wrote:
>
>   
>> Mike Tancsa wrote:
>>     
>>> At 07:26 AM 11/21/2007, Barney Cordoba wrote:
>>>       
>>>> I've done a bit of research and it seems that
>>>>         
>> this
>>     
>>>> chipset has been ignored for years now by the
>>>>         
>> FreeBSD
>>     
>>>> team. Whats the reasoning for a major chipset
>>>>         
>> used by
>>     
>>> I think you are jumping to conclusions.  I have a
>>>       
>> HT1000 chipset board 
>>     
>>> and have been using it just fine for some time. 
>>>
>>>       
> (http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-current/2007-November/079920.html)
>   
>>> There obviously are some cases were it does not,
>>>       
>> so its harder to 
>>     
>>> track down than just a case of spending $150.  If
>>>       
>> you do have such a 
>>     
>>> board that does not work, perhaps make the offer
>>>       
>> of sending the 
>>     
>>> problem board to a developer who is interested in
>>>       
>> fixing the issue.
>> That would be an excelent idea :)
>>
>> As usual I'll try to get any ATA/SATA HW that shows
>> up on my doorstep 
>> working, thats the deal.
>> I dont have the means nor the motivation to spend my
>> own hard earned $$ 
>> on all kinds of HW to get someone out there free
>> support, simple as that..
>>
>> That said, I do have a HT1000 based board around a
>> supermicro H8SSL that 
>> is used as a busy local fileserver, needless to say
>> it works flawlessly.
>>
>> So, to get this worked on and hopefully fixed, get
>> me a failing board to 
>> work on here... private mail with address details
>> etc can be had on 
>> request...
>>
>> -Søren
>>
>>     
>
> Is your busy file server running 7.0, and is it
> running in SATA mode? The MBs we've tried are H8SSP-i
> and an H8SSL-i, both with the same, unsuccessful
> results: bad file reads, signals when trying to run
> apps, crash-and-burn on buildworld wthin 5 seconds.
>   
This server has been running -current all the time with about biweekly 
updates, so it has made the transition all the way from about 6.1 to 
todays current without problems.
> Something happened between 6.2 and 7.0, as we were
> able to run 6.2 on these systems.
>
>   
Looks like a pattern, something outside of ATA also caused HW issues on 
some Promise controllers to appear in this period.
Just checked and nothing in ATA changed in regards to either the HT1000 
or the Promise HW, its the same support code thats been there all the time.
It could be a sideeffect of now having more fine grained locking etc, 
that makes these problems show up, your guess is as good as mine.

Again, the sticky point is that if I cant reproduce a problem here its 
very hard to work on it, if not just plain impossible...

-Søren



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