two ata-related problems
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Fri Sep 3 13:11:04 UTC 2010
perryh at pluto.rain.com writes:
> Two questions about installing FreeBSD 8.1 on a Dell Precision 420
> (yes, I know it's old):
I have a similar machine running as a lab tool.
> 1. Should FreeBSD 8.1 be able to recognize a 100MB ATAPI Zip drive?
> I'm not finding it in the dmesg, although BIOS Setup recognizes
> it. (It and a CDROM are on the secondary IDE channel; I've tried
> with each of them as master and either way the CD is recognized
> but the Zip is not.)
The default kernel definitely won't, but with the vpo device enabled, it
probably will. There's a kernel module for that, so you can try
> 2. It currently has the original A01 BIOS. I'm going to have to
> update that, because it doesn't recognize the 320GB drive I've
> added as a new boot drive. With the 320GB installed as unit 0
> (master) on the primary IDE channel, the A01 BIOS won't even
> recognize the previously-working 40GB drive which is now unit 1;
> so the BIOS disables that channel entirely keeping FreeBSD from
> seeing those drives either.
> A BIOS upgrade should be straightforward, but while Googling
> I ran into a posting where someone apparently had a lot of
> trouble with a BIOS upgrade for one of these of boxes. Thus
> the question: Has anyone here had any experience, either good
> or bad, with running FreeBSD on one of these with an upgraded
> BIOS? If so, which version? I found A06, A07, A10, A11, and
> A13 on Dell's FTP site.
A01 gave me a bunch of problems, although I don't really remember the
details (it was more than five years ago!) at this point. BIOS upgrades
were no problem at all. I stopped upgrading the BIOS once everything
worked -- at least, everything I noticed.
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