Subject: Re: mount bug?
To: der Mouse <mouse@Collatz.McRCIM.McGill.EDU>
From: Thor Lancelot Simon <email@example.com>
Date: 08/29/1994 19:37:15
(the answer to the above question is "yes".)
Since I've been pretty happy with the performance of the two BT445S
controllers I use in my VESA machines, when we bought a pile of new PCI
machines for Panix I spec'ed BusLogic PCI controllers for them.
I've had approximately zero luck making them work.
For starters, the BT946C just seems to not like the Dell that sits on my desk.
Not A Big Deal; the Dell's a pretty early PCI machine and I never really
expected to use the PCI bus on it for much. The symptoms of this are a plain
old failure to boot either the IDE or the SCSI disk, even though the BusLogic
is recognized and can go into auto-test mode.
Not a very serious problem. But the failure of the four 946C cards I bought
to run in the brand-new PCI 486/66 machines I bought for them to run in is
much more serious. The symptoms are as follows:
[I'm using a kernel built from GENERICBT of approximately one-week-old
I boot from my IDE disk. The BusLogic correctly recognizes whatever SCSI disk
I have hooked up to it and installs it as the second hard disk. The kernel
goes through the motions of autoconfiguring all the relevant devices. When it
gets to bt0, I get the following:
bt0 at isa0 port 0x330-0x333 irq 11: version 4.2, sync, parity, 32 mbxs
[whatever disks I have hooked up to the scsibus]
pci 0 at isa 0 port 0x0-0x665: configuration mode 1
pci 0 bus 0 device 0: identifier 05051106 class 00000000 not configured
pci 0 bus 0 device 8: identifier 0140104b class 01000000 not configured
[! uh oh !]
The machine comes up, and everything works fine *except* the SCSI disks.
Any attempt to access them leaves a process hanging in disk wait, and
eventually messages about
sd0: timed out
sd0: timed out AGAIN
start to scroll down the screen. After quite a long time, the machine decides
sd0 isn't a configured device anymore.
This happens whether I have my PCI caches turned on or off. It happens no
matter what IRQ I set the PCI slot for the BT946C to and no matter what IRQ I
set the card itself to. It happens whether or not parity, fast transfers, and
sync mode negotiation are turned on in the card settings. It happens if I
select ISA DMA channel emulation, and it happens if I don't.
I just don't get it. Didn't people say this card worked with the BT driver?
I'm going to go give it a spin with the GENERICAHA kernel, but I'm not exactly
thrilled by that prospect, either.
I know Rob Kolstad said at Usenix that the original BT946 cards had a bug in
the mailbox protocol that made them extraordinarily slow, if workable at all,
under BSDI, but that BusLogic had fixed the problem. This was months and
months ago; I doubt I've got four such broken cards, from two different
My motherboards are PCI/VL/ISA, using the VIA VT82C505 chipset. Does anyone
know of bugs in this chipset?
It's possible that if nobody has any idea what's going on, I could arrange to
lend one of these machines to an appropriate core team member -- Charles, I
guess? I'm pretty confused right about now, and we're about to roll out a
whole new set of news, mail, uucp, web, ftp, gopher, etc. servers here on NetBSD
/i386 machines; I really want to make this work.
Anyone who can give me a clue would be very, very welcome to. I feel pretty
foolish right now.