Subject: Re: system unresponsive with recent viaide changes
To: Nicolas Joly <>
From: Manuel Bouyer <>
List: current-users
Date: 10/29/2006 20:47:49
On Sun, Oct 29, 2006 at 10:58:24AM +0100, Nicolas Joly wrote:
> Hi,
> I use, at home, a pretty old i386 machine with a VT82C686A IDE
> controller supported by the viaide(4) driver. It worked fine until
> recently (SATA support changes ?), but now i'm experiencing some
> problems ...
> The machine becomes unresponsive with not so heavy disk access; by
> example, while trying to create/update system building tools. At that
> time, after recovering, simply getting a new xterm show that the disks
> get 100% busy for a few second.

I can't see how the SATA changes could be responsible for this; the code
used by non-SATA controllers was not touched. Do you get any message
in dmesg ? Are you sure your box is not swapping ?

Manuel Bouyer <>
     NetBSD: 26 ans d'experience feront toujours la difference