Re: 3.0.3 on Durango: some problems

Dreyer (wdr@quant-x.com)
Thu, 14 Nov 96 12:23:22 +0100

>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.
You must take the choice ARC-Time setting during installation

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

NO Problem is normal.

>- 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.
The PS-2 connector on the backside is not able to bedisabled. change your
mouse to PS-2

>
>- 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.
You are on a ALPHA system and here the compatibily is not like a PC.

Take a other card prefered DE card from Digital or SMC card and you never
will heve problems.

>
>- 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.
Hangs always. happen on each system. Powercycle or reset buttom

>"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
That looks like the intel bridge chip wich is build in

Thats the difference in handling customers.

We at quant X always ask customers witch Things they want to bring from
old systems and give them info abaout compatibily. so most times a
customer knows witch additional costs are comming.

I hopy you get running soon .

Wolfgang Dreyer

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