Subject: Re: Getting current install floppies
To: Masanori Kanaoka <>
From: Paul Hoffman <>
List: current-users
Date: 05/17/2001 09:08:23
Just a note to you all thanking you for your effort. Manuel made me 
some boot floppies with the changes suggested, and although the 
controller is now properly identified, the hard drive is not.

Unless I hear differently from you (and I'm certainly not expecting 
to), I'm going to assume that this can't get fixed in time for 1.5.1. 
And, given that this will be my production machine for my main system 
for the next few years, I need to move on. FreeBSD 4.2 and 4.3 
install fine on the system, so I'm going with FreeBSD 4.3 (just 
waiting for the CD-ROM to arrive).

Here's what I sent to Manuel the other day. If you have other boot 
floppies you want me to test in the next two days, by all means let 
me know. I still have very warm feelings for NetBSD, and think it 
would be a shame if it didn't work on a system as popular as the Dell 
1550 rackmount.

--Paul Hoffman

Good news and bad news on these new floppies.

The good news is that it looks like the controllers get set up 
properly. The message whizzes by, but the ahc0: and ahc1: messages 
looked like they had real information in them that looked similar to 
what I see in FreeBSD.

The bad news is that at the end of booting, the SCSI system doesn't 
work. There is a message that says "scsibus0: waiting 2 seconds to 
settle", and then a zillion messages scrolling by that say:
ahc1: spurious SCSI interrupt

I note that FreeBSD waits 15 seconds, not 2; is that possibly part of 
the problem?

Also, I don't know why this is happening on ahc1:, since the one 
drive is on ahc0:.