AW: FreeBSD 5.3-SMP/IRQ problems (again)
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Mon Jan 17 10:05:46 PST 2005
I`v got a dual xeon Server (2x2.4GHZ), 2 GB RAM and an Adaptec 29160N and
that all on a Asus Server Board.
With FreeBSD 4.11 Stable it won`t work anymore. If the kernel wants to start
up the SCSI device, he crash`s.
I read on the mailinglists that some other people have the same problem.
A help could be to dissable the USB support of the OS but in my case, the
Problem will still be there.
I`he also dissabled the HT Support of the mainboard, but it still doesent
Maybee someone could help me...
Von: owner-freebsd-smp at freebsd.org [mailto:owner-freebsd-smp at freebsd.org] Im
Auftrag von Lucas Holt
Gesendet: Montag, 17. Januar 2005 16:43
An: O. Hartmann
Cc: freebsd-smp at freebsd.org; freebsd-stable at freebsd.org
Betreff: RE: FreeBSD 5.3-SMP/IRQ problems (again)
On Jan 17, 2005, at 6:01 AM, O. Hartmann wrote:
> Dear Sirs.
> I reported very strange behaviours of FreeBSD 5.3 on a suspicous
> hardware platform of mine and now I would like to repeat this and hope
> someone can offer me some help. The reason why I repeat this suspected
> bug is because I do not really beliefe in a hardware fault due to some
> very strange behaviours of FreeBSD 5.3 on this box.
After reading your post, I find it rather odd that you do not suspect
hardware problems at least with compatibility with your hardware. I
have a Dell Precision 650 dual xeon 2.0 ghz system with an onboard
version of your Intel NIC. The network driver has known issues and
takes a very long time to negotiate the speed at which it operates.
Most of the time my system is almost completely booted before the NIC
interface is up. Aside from that issue, my system behaves normally and
seems very stable. I am using FreeBSD 5.3 Release P5.
I've had problems with several asus motherboards in the past. I used
to love them, but after I built a 733mhz P3 system for a friend, i soon
realized that their bioses were not good. I believe the decline
occured when they switched to "soft bios" instead of jumpers. (I miss
jumpers!) Seriously, the system had problems with video and sound
cards in WINDOWS depending on the slot they were placed in. Its the
same problem you describe only in windows from a mobo thats probably
from about the same time period. The 733 was one of the lowest chips
that would go in the board at the time. In addition, i've had problems
with FreeBSD 5.2.1 with patchlevel greater than I think 4 but below 5.3
release on an asus nforce2 AMD Athelon XP 2000+ based system.
My point is that not all freebsd SMP systems have problems, so its not
a global fault in the OS as your post may suggest. (note: i have
hyperthreading disabled on my system) Also, ASUS boards are known to
have problems. I asked about my reboot problem on freebsd-questions at
the time and I was told many horror stories about asus boards and non
Finally, I'd like to ask why you are running stable? Did someone
suggest that you upgrade to stable to try to resolve an issue? Stable
occasionally has new features or changes that are not tested
thoroughly. It might be more reliable with 5.3 Release P(whatever).
I'll close with a summary of the hardware in my system which is known
to work in 5.3 release.
Dual Xeon 2.0 ghz (dual cpu working great, no HTT)
1 gig ecc memory
Intel gigabit nic onboard using em0 driver (slow to negotiate speed,
fine afterword unless i'm stress testing)
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy Gamer
ATI AIW Radeon 9600 XT (2d acceleration only since dri isn't supported
on this one) AGP 8x
ATA100 IDE disks using onboard IDE controller
DVD reader, cd burner
firewire 400, USB 2/1.1 ports
I have the onboard sound, onboard LSI scsi ultra 320, serial ports, and
paralell port disabled to make windows happy. :)
Also, I have gentoo installed and quite frankly its very slow! Its
running on the 2.6.9 linux kernel w/ smp enabled. If only I didn't
need it for my CS class, i'd be running 6 current too :)
(i'm not subscribed to the stable mailing list, but am on SMP)
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