Subject: Re: Install failure
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Mark P. Gooderum <email@example.com>
Date: 11/03/1994 22:36:38
The system hanging right after the changing root device message usually
indicates a misconfigured IRQ for the controller. The initial probes
by most (all?) drivers are done in polled mode, only when mounting the
disk for real does the kernel begin to do interrupt driven I/O and DMA.
Is this system a PCI system? Is the SCSI controller a PCI board?
If so, make sure the IRQ configured in the PCI bios matches the
IRQ configured for the card.
Also, with PCI, forgetting to enable the slot for "master" in the
BIOS setup or motherboard jumpers or putting
a bus mastering card in a slave only slot will give simlar symptoms.
The system may not have problems under DOS because some SCSI BIOS
or device drivers don't actually use the DMA or bus mastering features
of the card...sigh, they run in PIO mode under DOS.
Mark P. Gooderum USSnail: Good Creations
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