Supermicro problems

Paul Macdonald paul at
Mon Feb 21 10:48:18 UTC 2011


I had some major trouble getting a new install of BSD onto an oldish 
supermicro box ( i386).

This box ran with 6.2-REL for ages fine, but didn't like a remote 
upgrade to 8.1-REL, it also seems fine on 7.3-REL.

     - 8.1-REL  wouldn't get past cd bootloader, stated various irq 
errors ( floppy disk controller mainly, even after this and all serial 
ports had been disabled in bios).
         sorry, I don't have the full error message but it was fatal 
page faults, with address violations.

     -  interim test of ubuntu 10.10-server-i386 installed fine

     -7.3-REL installed no errors, but on a binary upgrade to 8.1 
reverted to same errors as above

     reinstall of 7.3 worked ok and is running fine now

Although its an older server, i don't have any reason to suspect 
hardware issues.  Its has a peculiar bios and attempts to get serial 
access working on any of the successful installs usually ended in weird 


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FreeBSD 7.3-RELEASE #0: Sun Mar 21 06:15:01 UTC 2010
     root at i386
Timecounter "i8254" frequency 1193182 Hz quality 0
CPU: Intel(R) Xeon(TM) CPU 2.40GHz (2399.34-MHz 686-class CPU)
   Origin = "GenuineIntel"  Id = 0xf25  Stepping = 5
   Logical CPUs per core: 2
real memory  = 2146959360 (2047 MB)
avail memory = 2091282432 (1994 MB)
MPTable: <  Kings Canyon>
FreeBSD/SMP: Multiprocessor System Detected: 4 CPUs
  cpu0 (BSP): APIC ID:  0
  cpu1 (AP/HT): APIC ID:  1
  cpu2 (AP): APIC ID:  6
  cpu3 (AP/HT): APIC ID:  7
ioapic0: Assuming intbase of 0
ioapic1: Assuming intbase of 24
ioapic2: Assuming intbase of 48
ioapic0 <Version 2.0> irqs 0-23 on motherboard
ioapic1 <Version 2.0> irqs 24-47 on motherboard
ioapic2 <Version 2.0> irqs 48-71 on motherboard
kbd1 at kbdmux0
pcib0: <MPTable Host-PCI bridge> pcibus 0 on motherboard
pci0: <PCI bus> on pcib0
pci0: <unknown> at device 0.1 (no driver attached)
pcib1: <PCI-PCI bridge> at device 2.0 on pci0
pci1: <PCI bus> on pcib1
pcib2: <MPTable PCI-PCI bridge> at device 29.0 on pci1
pci2: <PCI bus> on pcib2
em0: <Intel(R) PRO/1000 Network Connection 6.9.6> port 0x3000-0x303f mem 
0xf8200000-0xf821ffff irq 54 at device 3.0 on pci2
em0: [FILTER]
em0: Ethernet address: 00:30:48:2c:76:f0
em1: <Intel(R) PRO/1000 Network Connection 6.9.6> port 0x3040-0x307f mem 
0xf8220000-0xf823ffff irq 55 at device 3.1 on pci2
em1: [FILTER]
em1: Ethernet address: 00:30:48:2c:76:f1
pcib3: <MPTable PCI-PCI bridge> at device 31.0 on pci1
pci3: <PCI bus> on pcib3
asr0: <Adaptec Caching SCSI RAID> mem 
0xf8300000-0xf83fffff,0xfb000000-0xfbffffff,0xfc000000-0xfdffffff irq 30 
at device 3.0 on pci3
asr0: [ITHREAD]
asr0:   ADAPTEC 2015S FW Rev. 3B0A, 2 channel, 2000 CCBs, Protocol I2O
uhci0: <Intel 82801CA/CAM (ICH3) USB controller USB-A> port 
0x2000-0x201f irq 16 at device 29.0 on pci0
uhci0: [ITHREAD]
usb0: <Intel 82801CA/CAM (ICH3) USB controller USB-A> on uhci0
usb0: USB revision 1.0
uhub0: <Intel UHCI root hub, class 9/0, rev 1.00/1.00, addr 1> on usb0
uhub0: 2 ports with 2 removable, self powered
uhci1: <Intel 82801CA/CAM (ICH3) USB controller USB-B> port 
0x2020-0x203f irq 19 at device 29.1 on pci0
uhci1: [ITHREAD]
usb1: <Intel 82801CA/CAM (ICH3) USB controller USB-B> on uhci1
usb1: USB revision 1.0
uhub1: <Intel UHCI root hub, class 9/0, rev 1.00/1.00, addr 1> on usb1
uhub1: 2 ports with 2 removable, self powered
uhci2: <Intel 82801CA/CAM (ICH3) USB controller USB-C> port 
0x2040-0x205f irq 18 at device 29.2 on pci0
uhci2: [ITHREAD]
usb2: <Intel 82801CA/CAM (ICH3) USB controller USB-C> on uhci2
usb2: USB revision 1.0
uhub2: <Intel UHCI root hub, class 9/0, rev 1.00/1.00, addr 1> on usb2
uhub2: 2 ports with 2 removable, self powered
pcib4: <MPTable PCI-PCI bridge> at device 30.0 on pci0
pci4: <PCI bus> on pcib4
vgapci0: <VGA-compatible display> port 0x4000-0x40ff mem 
0xf9000000-0xf9ffffff,0xf8400000-0xf8400fff irq 16 at device 1.0 on pci4
isab0: <PCI-ISA bridge> at device 31.0 on pci0
isa0: <ISA bus> on isab0
atapci0: <Intel ICH3 UDMA100 controller> port 
0x170-0x177,0x376,0x2060-0x206f at device 31.1 on pci0
ata0: <ATA channel 0> on atapci0
ata0: [ITHREAD]
ata1: <ATA channel 1> on atapci0
ata1: [ITHREAD]
pci0: <serial bus, SMBus> at device 31.3 (no driver attached)
cpu0 on motherboard
p4tcc0: <CPU Frequency Thermal Control> on cpu0
cpu1 on motherboard
p4tcc1: <CPU Frequency Thermal Control> on cpu1
cpu2 on motherboard
p4tcc2: <CPU Frequency Thermal Control> on cpu2
cpu3 on motherboard
p4tcc3: <CPU Frequency Thermal Control> on cpu3
pmtimer0 on isa0
orm0: <ISA Option ROMs> at iomem 
0xc0000-0xc7fff,0xc8000-0xc8fff,0xc9000-0xcefff,0xe0000-0xe3fff pnpid 
ORM0000 on isa0
atkbdc0: <Keyboard controller (i8042)> at port 0x60,0x64 on isa0
atkbd0: <AT Keyboard> irq 1 on atkbdc0
kbd0 at atkbd0
atkbd0: [GIANT-LOCKED]
atkbd0: [ITHREAD]
ppc0: parallel port not found.
sc0: <System console> at flags 0x100 on isa0
sc0: VGA <16 virtual consoles, flags=0x300>
sio1: configured irq 3 not in bitmap of probed irqs 0
sio1: port may not be enabled
vga0: <Generic ISA VGA> at port 0x3c0-0x3df iomem 0xa0000-0xbffff on isa0
unknown: <PNP0c02> can't assign resources (memory)
unknown: <PNP0c01> can't assign resources (memory)
unknown: <PNP0303> can't assign resources (port)
unknown: <PNP0c02> can't assign resources (memory)
unknown: <PNP0c02> can't assign resources (memory)
fdc1: No FDOUT register!
Timecounters tick every 1.000 msec
acd0: CDROM <CD-224E/1.9A> at ata1-master UDMA33
ses0 at asr0 bus 0 target 6 lun 0
ses0: <SUPER GEM318 0> Fixed Processor SCSI-2 device
da0 at asr0 bus 0 target 0 lun 0
da0: <ADAPTEC RAID-5 3B0A> Fixed Direct Access SCSI-2 device
da1 at asr0 bus 0 target 3 lun 0
da1: <FUJITSU MAT3147NC 5704> Fixed Direct Access SCSI-3 device
SMP: AP CPU #2 Launched!
SMP: AP CPU #1 Launched!
SMP: AP CPU #3 Launched!
Trying to mount root from ufs:/dev/da0s1a
ipfw2 (+ipv6) initialized, divert loadable, nat loadable, rule-based 
forwarding disabled, default to deny, logging disabled
em1: link state changed to UP
em0: link state changed to UP
pid 7161 (conftest), uid 0: exited on signal 11 (core dumped)
pid 22299 (conftest), uid 0: exited on signal 11 (core dumped)

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