Urgent problem - 7.x doesn't work on HP servers

Eygene Ryabinkin rea-fbsd at codelabs.ru
Mon Feb 18 12:03:35 UTC 2008

Ivan, good day.

Mon, Feb 18, 2008 at 12:56:10PM +0100, Ivan Voras wrote:
> I've again encountered the problem of FreeBSD 7 not wanting to boot on a
> HP server. The last time was early in 7.x development on a HP blade
> (2xdual-core Opteron), without any solution (reported on this list about
> a year ago). This time it's on a ML 350 G5 machine, with a quad-core Xeon.
> The problem is very hard to diagnose - the entire machine locks up
> during pci bus/device detection - the kernel debugger doesn't work, the
> keyboard lights (PS/2 keyboard) don't work, it's completely frozen.
> This is on both i386 and AMD64 kernels.
> The machine freezes after detecting pcib6. The working 6.x kernel
> detects upto pcib16, and the first device detected after pcib6 is the
> CISS controller, so maybe it's the controller driver, but the first
> machine (the blade) didn't have CISS controllers.
> Any ideas?

I have a couple of BL640c and older BL<something>p running 7.0 --
no problems encountered.  While this is not the direct answer to
your question, had you tried to update the blade firmware to the
latest versions with Firmware Maintenance CD?  Sometimes it helps...

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