TIMEOUT/FAILURE_WRITE_DMA on ServerWorks HT1000 SATA150
josh at tcbug.org
Tue Mar 4 16:59:03 UTC 2008
On Tuesday 04 March 2008 09:10:03 am Oliver Schonrock wrote:
> We have a Dell SC1435 with the above SATA controller which was running
> FreeBSD6.2 fine for about 3 months.
> We re-built it with FreeBSD 7.0-RELEASE from scratch (ie complete new
> install from CD). Installation failed while copying base system from CD
> to disk.
> Suspecting a possible hardware issue we rebuilt it again with FreeBSD
> 6.3. It built and ran fine, thereby eliminating any hardware problems.
> Repeated attempts of installing FBSD7.0-RELEASE continued to fail at
> slightly different points, but always when writing to disk. Virtual
> Console 2 showed the following errors:
> NMI ISA 20 EISA
> ad4: TIMEOUT WRITE_DMA
> aNMI ISA 20, EISA
> FAILURE - WRITE_DMA. retrying
> I suspect this is related to other (S)ATA related problems which have
> been reported on this list, eg:
> I would be happy to provide more information to help debug this problem,
> however it is slightly difficult as I cannot even get the system
> installed under 7.0.
> Any suggestions on how to get better info. I could also look into
> providing remote access to the machine.
> Oliver Schonrock
There are known issues with the HT1000, consider yourself lucky it works with
6.2-R, for a lot of people it doesn't even work there. Last I heard someone
had gotten problematic HT1000 hardware in to sos@'s hands and he was going to
find a fix, however I stopped paying attention when I started migrating off
the hardware. There are tons of mailing list posts from myself and others if
you want the full scoop, as well as at least one open PR.
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