Weird issue with DELL PE2850

Ronald Klop ronald-freebsd8 at
Tue Nov 20 02:59:50 PST 2007

On Tue, 20 Nov 2007 10:09:33 +0100, Stefan Lambrev  
<stefan.lambrev at> wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm experiencing strange problem with PE2850 - CPU: Intel(R) Xeon(TM)  
> CPU 3.20GHz (3192.23-MHz K8-class CPU)
> It's a dual processor (with HT) server and worked very well with freebsd  
> 6.2,
> before few days I updated one of ours pe2850 to see how will 6.3  
> perform, and the first think that I notice
> is a freeze for few minutes during boot.
> Everything is ok till the following lines are displayed:
> SMP: AP CPU #1 Launched!
> SMP: AP CPU #2 Launched!
> SMP: AP CPU #3 Launched!
> 2-5min freeze
> Trying to mount root from ufs:/dev/amrd0s1a
> ...
> I saw the same thing on other pe2850 with 7-BETA2, and I'm pretty sure  
> that both servers
> didn't have such problems with earlier versions of 7-current and  
> 6.2-stable.
> I'm running amd64 on both servers.
> on 6.3 hyperthreading is disabled and on 7b2 is enabled.
> I have CPUTYPE?=nocona in /etc/make.conf
> Any ideas where to dig and how to debug?
> Can someone else confirm this?
> I'm sure pe2850 is/was very popular server ;)

Did you boot with verbose messages on?


  Ronald Klop
  Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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