VIA M1000 mini-itx system installation woes - WRITE_DMA error - cabling?

Andreas Rudisch "cyb." at
Tue Apr 26 14:57:22 PDT 2005

On Tue, 2005-04-26 at 14:31 -0700, W C wrote:
> Hi all,
> I am attempting to install 5.3-R from cd (iso image download)  and 
> sysinstall is failing
> to write the chosen (Auto Layout) filesystem to disk, the Toshiba 80G on the 
> primary ide channel as master.   The error on vty1 is (from memory) ad0: 
> WRITE_DMA, error=84.
> The drive is detected by BIOS as a UDMA100 device.  There is nothing else on 
> this IDE channel, and only a cd drive on the other IDE slot.
> A search of -questions reveals this error is a UDMA mismatch, possible 
> caused by 80-pin cabling, and fixable with atacontrol ad0 udma33 pio bla bla 
> bla.  However, I do not yet have a running system to run atacontrol from, as 
> I am installing.  I have rooted around in the bios for an option to force 
> the drive to UDMA33 speed, to no avail.  Does anyone know how I can work 
> around this problem and  install FreeBSD to this neat little system?  Do I 
> have bad cabling, a bad drive, or ???
> Thanks for any follow-up questions, pointers, rants, RTFM's, etc.
> Woody

I was installing FreeBSD 5.3-Release on an VIA EPIA M10000 a while ago
and I has no problems at all. My harddisk was a Fujitsu MHT2040AT
UDMA-100 2.5", so your problem could be cable or harddisk related. Maybe
you have a spare disk/cable at hand to test it.

Good luck,

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