buggy ATA controller: I can install 4.11, but not 5.3 !?!

Doug White dwhite at gumbysoft.com
Thu Mar 31 10:24:41 PST 2005

On Thu, 31 Mar 2005, Rob wrote:

> --- Doug White <dwhite at gumbysoft.com> wrote:
> >
> > AFAIK the RZ1000 bug was that it would corrupt data
> > to the slave channel if the primary channel was
> > also active.  If you only have one device then
> > you may not be able to reproduce it.
> I have two harddisks on ata0:
>  ad0: 520MB <ST3660A>
>       [1057/16/63] at ata0-master BIOSPIO
>  ad1: 2423MB <SAMSUNG WINNER-3 WN32543A(2.5GB)>
>       [4924/16/63] at ata0-slave BIOSPIO
> ad0 has the base OS, and ad1 has /usr/src and
> /usr/obj for recompiling world and kernel.
> So far no problems.
> However, if I remember well, the other IDE connector
> on the motherboard does not seem to work, which now
> I realize could be caused by the buggy RZ 1000 chip.

Entirely possible.

> > Do you have verbose boot output from the non-working
> > 5.x boot?
> No, not at the moment. I may try 5.3 (or probably
> 5.4) later once again. What part of the output would
> be particularly interesting?
> I ask, because I am managing this PC at the other end
> of the world, giving instructions to a non-Unix,
> non-FreeBSD user overthere :).

Ugh. That will make this really hard to debug then.  To get the verbose
output you want to use a serial console.  That output will say why it
won't attach the ata controller.

Doug White                    |  FreeBSD: The Power to Serve
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