3.0.3 on Durango: some problems

geerten kuiper (geerten@bart.nl)
Thu, 14 Nov 1996 11:50:02 +0100 (MET)

All,

Yesterday I finally put together my new hardware, and installed RedHat 3.0.3
(using a PC164 kernel from 4.0, and apropriately new MILO/LinLoad: thanks to
Wolfgang Dreyer). Only problem during install was, I had to do mke2fs from
the second VC by hand.

So now I've got it running, but some problems/oddities are remaining.

- the firmware clock had not updated the date this morning. Time seems to be
OK though.

- MILO complains about not detecting the NVRAM. (I do not know if this is a
problem)

- Mouse: Firmware sees a serial mouse on COM2, which is correct. Kernel
claims it sees a PS/2 mouse, which is not correct. In the XF86Config I set
up the serial mouse, but it doesn't work: when I move it the pointer stays
in place for a while (many seconds, maybe a minute) then suddenly jumps to a
new position. I have tried replacing the mouse, but to no avail.

- Ethernet: I have an ACCTON NE2000-clone in one of the ISA slots, and the
kernel should see it as "eth0: NE2000 found at 0x300, using IRQ 5." It does,
but only occasionally (one time out of five or worse) The other times it
says "NE*000 ethercard probe at 0x300: failed to detect IRQ line."
I have two of those cards, both work fine in the Pentium, both fail in the
Alpha, so I guess there's nothing wrong with the card itself.

- There are some other things that work sometimes, but more often do not:
Ctrl-Alt-Del or "shutdown -r now" may cycle through MILO and reboot, but
usually hangs.
"date" may show the right date, but usually does not. (even after setting
CLOCKMODE="ARC") (it is consistent from boot to shutdown.)

- Doing "time" will get the Elapsed time wrong. (I believe this one has been
on the list before.)

As some of these problems seem to be related to interrupts, I checked
/proc/interrupts.
It shows
1: keyboard
5: NE2000 (only when the card was detected during boot)
19: 53c8xx
no serial, parallel ports, no floppy (floppy seems to work fine though)

/proc/pci shows:

PCI devices found:
Bus 0, device 11, function 0:
IDE interface: CMD 646 (rev 1).
Medium devsel. Fast back-to-back capable. IRQ 21. Master Capable.
Latency=32. Min Gnt=2.Max Lat=4.
I/O at 0xb000.
Bus 0, device 9, function 0:
SCSI storage controller: NCR 53c810 (rev 17).
Medium devsel. IRQ 19. Master Capable. Latency=32. Min Gnt=8.Max
Lat=64.
I/O at 0xb400.
Non-prefetchable 32 bit memory at 0x1000000.
Bus 0, device 8, function 0:
Non-VGA device: Intel 82378IB (rev 67).
Medium devsel. Master Capable. No bursts.
Bus 0, device 5, function 0:
VGA compatible controller: S3 Inc. Trio32/Trio64 (rev 84).
Medium devsel. IRQ 18.
Non-prefetchable 32 bit memory at 0xc000000.

What's the funny device 8

Help on any of these things would be appreciated.

Groeten,
Geerten.

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