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Re: Free BSD 5.x

On Aug 25, 2005, at 9:09 PM, LT Cornell wrote:

I've been having problems with FreeBSD since I got
version 5.3, it ran great on my small junk system, but
for some reason it would constantly freeze and or
panic out on my dual processor system.  I've just
gotten version 5.4, and after panicing out through the
first two install attemps, it's running ok.  I've
recompiled the kernel with the generic SMP config and
then again with my own config, but I'm constantly
getting a message about 'Warning- DMA write interrupt
seen but fired' after the computer has frozen up for a
few seconds, and then it will resume.  It also doesn't
seem to be running as quickly, I've ran versions 4.11
and 5.1 on the same system with no problems.
I have a-
Dual AMD Athlon MP's
Chaintech MoBo AMD 768MPX chipset
Promise Fastrack ATA -133 RAID controller
Hitachi deskstar 7K250

Any thoughts?
thanx, LT

Well if i were you, i'd try to narrow down the problem. You have DMA errors. Try disabling ultra dma on your ata controller for your drives individually until the errors stop or all are disabled. If the errors stop with all the drives off, there must have been a negative change to the promise driver or previously your controller was not using ultra dma and it is now.

It sounds like you have some nice hardware, but i've found that FreeBSD 5.x and 6 beta is picky with AMD ia32 based machines.

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