Subject: Re: nForce4 and SATA : some tests with BIOS options on 3.0 and -current
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From: Dieter <email@example.com>
Date: 01/06/2006 17:49:38
> When I take my standard BIOS configuration and just disable APIC,
> then the problem disappears (both in 3.0 and -current).
Does your disk throughput suffer when you disable APIC in firmware?
(e.g. dd if=/dev/rwd0d of=/dev/null bs=... count=...)
> When I take my standard BIOS configuration and just disable SATA
> ports 3 and 4 (there are two SATA controllers in the nForce4) then
> the problem disappears (both in 3.0 and -current).
VERY interesting! I have the opposite problem, sort of.
Back in early December, I added two additional SATA drives,
filling up the nf4's 4 SATA ports. Somehow the firmware got
screwed up and appariently now only allows booting from one drive.
I had thought that the "load previous" option on the "advanced cmos"
page had fixed it, but it turned out that it didn't. Fortunately
the one disk I can now boot from has grub on one of the partitions, and
grub *can* boot the other drives, so I at least have a kludge method
to boot the other drives.
In addition to this, NetBSD now gets the "lost interrupt" problem unless
I turn off APIC in the firmware. (FreeBSD and Linux seem to be okay.)