Subject: "hang" and "machine check" on halt
To: None <port-alpha@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Jason Thorpe <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 09/24/1997 15:28:57
I have isolated the problem I was having with my AlphaStation 500 hanging
once reentering the SRM on halt or reboot.

Because of a logic bug (pointed out to me by Ross Harvey; thanks!), the
"de" driver was explicitly disabling the mem space where the Tulip
registers were mapped, and using i/o space, instead.

If other drivers had this error, they would simply use the other space,
not explictly disable one of them; the "de" driver is the only one
that does that.

In any case, the SRM console was expecting the Tulip to be memory-mapped,
and since that space was disabled, Bad Things were happening; my AlphaStation
was hanging.  I suspect that the machine checks experienced by Curt
and Matthias are related to this, as well.

As soon as I test a few more things, I plan on committing a fix for this.

Jason R. Thorpe                             
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