Any successful installs on a Broadcom HT1000 chipset?

John Baldwin jhb at
Tue Nov 27 13:59:38 PST 2007

On Tuesday 27 November 2007 02:36:17 pm Søren Schmidt wrote:
> Barney Cordoba wrote:
> > Søren Schmidt wrote:
> >> 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...
> >>     
> >
> > A sticky point on this end is that it will cost more
> > to ship you a system than the cost of the product; you
> > being in Europe and the US dollar sucking in general.
> > I'm also not going to be able to get authorization to
> > ship overseas. 
> >
> >   
> Maybe I can get the HW over here, paypal can be used to transfer the 
> funds in that case...
> > Could you send me the config file you're using on your
> > 7.0 system with the H8SSL MB so I can give it a try
> > and see if its a config issue, or some device
> > conflict? You have the MB we're having trouble with,
> > so maybe we can learn enough to give you some ideas.I
> > have a system with an H8SSL-i that just plain doesn't
> > work with either SATA or IDE.
> >   
> Sure find my config attached currently used with plain releng_7.
> It might be worth while to compare HW revisions etc as well as there 
> might be differences.
> One thing you could try would be to install a 6.2 system and if that 
> still works just grap ATA from releng_6 as that is now the same as in 
> -current and should fit almost cleanly into 6.2 as is, then give that a 
> run. Depending on the outcome we'll know more about where to look for 
> the problem.
> For references sake could we please get a list of the actual HW that 
> people have problems with listed here, as detailed as possible please. 

FYI, I've seen weird in-memory corruption with machines with the HT1000_S1 
atapci device.  In all the cases I've seen so far, a single page is corrupted 
with garbage and the page happens to be used by UMA to hold credentials 
including proc0's credentials.  I've seen this corruption (trashed creds for 
proc0 and other creds in that page) on many of the same boxes (Dell 1435's 
IIRC) running on 6.2.  I've tried switching the HT1000_S1 to use SWKSMIO 
rather SWKS100 as I mentioned to you in an earlier e-mail (the Linux driver 
uses equivalent of SWKSMIO FWIW) but don't have any conclusive tests on that.

John Baldwin

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