Subject: Re: Problems with Promise IDE controllers on NetBSD/alpha
To: Joel Votaw <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Luke Mewburn <email@example.com>
Date: 10/11/2000 18:13:07
Joel Votaw writes:
> I have NetBSD running on an AlphaPC 164, and am trying to add a Promise
> IDE controller (I have both an Ultra/33 and Ultra/66 controller) to it.
> Obviously, I have to use a -release or -current kernel to do this. I have
> tried 1.4.3_ALPHA, NetBSD-release and 1.5_ALPHA2, with both cards, with
> INSTALL and GENERIC and custom kernels, from boot floppies and
> instkernels, and all give the same kind of error.
> For example, under 1.4.3_ALPHA, from an instkernel:
> Can anyone see what I am doing wrong? Or where to start debugging it?
> How could I tell if this were a hardware problem? (I think the Promise
> cards are okay, but with all of this hardware reconfiguration I may have
> flexed the motherboard or something.) Is there an alternative to these
> Promise POS cards?
I plugged a Promise UltraATA/100 card into my PC164 which has an NCR
53c810 SCSI controller & serial console (and has worked flawlessly for
more than 12 months), and 1.5_ALPHA2 panics with:
pciide0 at pci0 dev 6 function 0: Promise Ultra100/ATA Bus Master IDE
Accelerator (rev. 0x02)
pciide0: bus-master DMA support present
pciide0: primary channel configured to native-PCI mode
pciide0: using eb164 irq 0 for native-PCI interrupt
unexpected machine check:
mces = 0x1
vector = 0x660
param = 0xfffffc0000006060
pc = 0xfffffc00004c79f8
ra = 0xfffffc000031dd64
curproc = 0xfffffc0000564830
pid = 0, comm = swapper
panic: machine check
Stopped in swapper at cpu_Debugger+0x4: ret zero,(ra)
So, you're not the only one.
And to think I was going to make the Alpha into my server, because my
x86 box has started going flaky ...