7.1-BETA2 installation on ASUS P4S8X fails BIG MEDIUM ERROR

Al Plant noc at hdk5.net
Tue Nov 4 14:46:44 PST 2008

Jeremy Chadwick wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 04, 2008 at 08:13:34AM -1000, Al Plant wrote:
>> Julien Cigar wrote:
>>> I've this problem too on almost all my machines. The only solution I've
>>> found is to disable DMA (atapi_dma), but then performances are very poor
>>> (and I'm still unable to burn a CD/DVD)
>>> On Tue, 2008-11-04 at 16:03 +0100, Christoph Kukulies wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> don't know whether it's the CDROM drive (a Creative 52x mx) or the  
>>>> motherboard (ASUS P4S8X) or what.
>>>> Anyway, I tried to install a recent version of FreeBSD (7.1-BETA2) 
>>>> and the installation
>>>> hangs right in the boot process of the installation CD disc1.
>>>> I see
>>>> acd0: FAILURE - READ BIG MEDIUM ERROR asc=0x11 ascq=0x00
>>>> run_interrupt_driven_hooks: still waiting after 60 seconds for xpt_config
>>>> run_interrupt_driven_hooks: still waiting after 120 seconds for xpt_config
>>>> run_interrupt_driven_hooks: still waiting after 180 seconds for xpt_config
>>>> and so on.
>>>> Any clues?
>>>> --
>>>> Christoph Kukulies
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>> ############
>> Aloha,
>> I have had similiar happen on 7 and 8 Freebsd installs recently.
>> If you install using safe mode it will work. Then in /boot/loader.conf
>> #boot/loader.conf
>> hw.ata.ata-dma=0
>> hw.ata.atapi_dma=0
> There is no hw.ata.ata-dma tunable.  I think you mean hw.ata.ata_dma
> (note: underscore, not hyphen).  If you really are using hw.ata.ata-dma,
> it does nothing.  :-)
> Also folks, please remember that "ATA DMA" is for hard disks, and
> "ATAPI DMA" is for ATAPI devices (CD/DVD drives).  
> Error messages from xpt_* functions are from by the ATAPI-to-CAM
> emulation layer (think: SCSI emulation for ATAPI devices), but are
> likely signs of underlying compatibility problems between the CD/DVD
> drive and FreeBSD, and not the fault of atapicam(4).
> I'm not sure if there's a loader hint to disable xpt.
>> The error that comes up when you burn a CD seems to be bogus as I have  
>> used the CD's with out error for installing on other boxes.
> The "READ BIG MEDIUM ERROR" often indicates that the CD/DVD drive does
> not support a specific read operation mode; some CD/DVD manufacturers
> don't implement this command for various reasons.
Aloha Jeremy,

Thanks for catching the - vs _ .

I hear  you, but I have to do the hw settings like above or the servers 
wont boot they stick at a db>
or mountroot>
I think the 7 and 8 series OS are looking for SATA and dont like the IDE 
drives I use.

I know the atapi setting is for CD's and These are brand new DVD/CD RW 
burners fwiw.

A month or so back there were several people on line complaining about

Maybe one of the FreeBSD  comitters will have a look and see if 
something is wrong.

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