This is just a follow-up mail, or an FYI as it were. I mentioned that I
would try to install 5.0-CURRENT onto a "non-white" alpha to see if I get
the same behavior.
For those of you who don't remember, I was trying to install 5.0 onto a
white "NT-only" DigtalServer 5305 with a mylex card, when the installer was
copying files from CD or FTP, the copy rate would just degrade down to a
halt, and the install stops.
When I am on a non-RAID card, everything installs fine.
Well, on this 2100, I tried to install 5.0DP1 onto it with a Mylex array, it
displays the same type of behavior as the 5305 did. I do remember loading
4.2 onto this 2100 with a Mylex array, but that was some time ago. In either
case, it doesn't work on a "real" alphaserver or a "NT-Only" alphaserver
under 5.0DP1. From what I understand about CURRENT, it is no where close to
release code so I expect things not to work under that version. I will try
4.5 to see if the install completes or not.
Where do I go from there? A PR Perhaps?
From: Andrew Gallatin [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, May 29, 2002 2:53 PM
To: Schroeder, Aaron
Cc: Schroeder, Aaron; 'firstname.lastname@example.org'
Subject: RE: DigitalServer 5305 install revisited...
Schroeder, Aaron writes:
> Per your suggestion, I set 'hw.physmem=512M' at the boot prompt. To no
> avail, so, I took 1.5GB of RAM out of the box and CPU1. It boots to the
Define "no avail" Does it still see 2GB of ram? Still crap out in
the same way as before?
> point of initializing the SCSI card (it has one of those combo
> Cards), needless to say, BSD fails with a timeout style warning. I do not
> have the console output from that error, I can provide it if you wish.
Known problem on 4x00 or 1200 series machines with sym cards. The
problem is in the way we handle multiple hoses (what DEQ calls peer
buses). Fixed in 5.0, if you want to try 5.0DP1.
> Anyway, I plug in a DAC960 and a DE500 NIC, create a raid, boot the
> from CD. It boots to setup. I commence installing BSD, I create my
> filesystems, select my distribution set, select my media as the CD. The
> files start installing, and then setup hangs (Extracting bin into /
> directory, to be exact). I reset the machine, boot the CD, repeat said
> install procedure, but this time I select FTP as the media. Same thing,
> gets to a certain percentage and dies. I have tried it about 6 times
> each method, CD or Network.
> It fails/hangs in a different spot every time to further complicate this
> issue. Sometimes it gets to 17%, 23%, 49% was the highest it went. One
> I do notice is that the transfer speed shoots up real high, then trails
> to nothing then craps out.
> Weird. I thought it was the internal SCSI bus of the server, that's what
> prompted me to try the FTP install, then that died. Well, any suggestions
> would be of great help to me.
That's truly bizzare. Maybe some people with RAID expertise have some
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