[CentOS] Centos 4 on Tyan S2895 with sata
Zube at CS.ColoState.EDU
Fri Mar 31 02:08:53 UTC 2006
On Fri Mar 31 09:39:24 AM, Gavin Carr wrote:
> Hi all,
> Just wondering if anyone out there has got Centos 4 installed on a Tyan
> S2895 (that's a Thunder K8WE) motherboard on sata disks? I know about
> the forcedeth bug, but I'm getting installation hangs at random spots in
> the install, even off CD, in what seem to be nv_sata timeout problems.
> SuSE 10 is rock solid on the same box, so I don't think it's hardware,
> and I've tried two different sets of disks to rule out disk problems.
> Latest bios updates - tried both 1.02 and 1.03.
> Any success stories out there?
I started down the painful x86_64 road late last year with CentOS 4.2.
There is a message in the archives where I mistakenly attribute many of the
problems I experienced to a Logitech mouse. Thanks for the opportunity to
set things straight.
For the record, I tried:
disabling the SATA RAID, even though I had only one disk
disabling the onboard SATA and using 2 different brands of PCI
pulling my hair out
all to no avail. The main symptom was a hard hang and errors of this form:
ata4 command 0x25 timeout, stat 0x50 host_stat 0x24
ata4 command 0x35 timeout, stat 0x50 host_stat 0x24
Sometimes the machine would recover after a long wait, other times nothing
but a power cycle would fix it. This was with the 1.01 and 1.02 Tyan bioses.
Installing a SCSI card and an old SCSI disk in the machine made it happier,
As a last resort before installing a different distribution, I downloaded
the 184.108.40.206 kernel source and using the .config file as a base, I added
everything I could find related to SATA and SCSI. I had to compile it on
an nfs-mounted drive, for fear of tickling the host_stat error. The new
home-spun kernel has been a success; I haven't seen the errors since. I
then installed the 2.6.16 kernel compiled locally and still no errors.
The machine hasn't been tested thoroughly, but it is most certainly usable
with a newer kernel.
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