Problems booting 9.1-STABLE on Netra X1

Marius Strobl marius at alchemy.franken.de
Tue Feb 26 01:34:08 UTC 2013


On Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 04:59:10PM -0500, Chris Ross wrote:
> 
> On Feb 25, 2013, at 4:49 PM, Marius Strobl wrote:
> > Yes, IMO this approach is inappropriate as there really seems to be
> > something broken with this particular machine rather than this issue
> > being a general problem with that model, i.e. nobody else running
> > FreeBSD on an X1 reported this so far. I don't own an X1 but I do
> > have a v100, which employ a mainboard pretty much identical to that
> > of X1 and even also identify themselves as SUNW,UltraAX-i2, but don't
> > see such a problem, i.e. neither the power fail interrupt firing nor
> > strange hangs, either. Once I have a replacement for the broken
> > hardware of my committatron I can make registering the power fail
> > interrupt a tunable defaulting to on though.
> 
> 
>   Well, Dave McGuire did respond on that thread that he was running 
> NetBSD 4.0.1 with no problems, but someone else (Jochen Kunz)
> said they tried netbooting a 4.0.1 kernel on an X1 and got the same
> hang I did.
> 
>   The code that's in place in the NetBSD tree was actually committed
> later, it seems, as a result of this other thread that the earlier thread
> was resurrected on:
> 
> http://mail-index.netbsd.org/port-sparc64/2011/02/12/msg001515.html
> 
>   So, at least 2 people, and 3 if I'm reading my personal email archives
> correctly, have seen this problem on an X1.  And, it seems at least one
> person was _not_ seeing it.  (But later seeing some other problem when
> a CD-ROM was attached to the IDE bus, even when not in use/netbooting)
> 
>   It's clearly low-end hardware, and I could believe that it may be a "affects
> some but not all systems".  But, assuming it's more than just _one_ bogus
> system, finding a way to deal with it at HEAD makes sense.  Not necessarily
> that the earlier code is the only or best solution.
> 

Will do, I have to think about this some more though.

Marius



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