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From: BRM <bm_witness@...>
Subject: Re: QLA2xxx
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2008 08:35:39 -0700 (PDT)
So while all the other kernels can't do a thing about the QLA controller, this one can - but, unlike all the other kernels, it can't handle the framebuffer for the only video card in the system correctly?!!! 

Not sure what the "UPA" one is - I'm guessing its the framebuffer used when only a serial console is being used. I only have the one video card in the system, and everything else seems to work fine with it - except that one kernel. Perhaps this could be solves with a set of command-line options to the kernel? (What, I'm not sure off hand..)

Any how...I tried the latest OpenSolaris/Solaris 10 release (Sol 10 8/07) and it couldn't spin up the hard drive either - so I'm leaning to either the hard drive is bad (most likely) or perhaps my setup for installation might be under powering the system, thus not leaving enough power for the hard drive to spin up - not sold on this, but the thought crossed my mind...(is this possible?!! Setup is Socket->UPS, which supports two computers, two monitors [one off], cable modem, and wireless router). Possible my other systems are drawing from the same breaker line...)

Well...as I said before - not sure where to go from here....looks like I might have to lug the system somewhere else to test out my one theory. Any other ideas or confirmation of my ideas above would be great.

TIA,

Ben

----- Original Message ----
From: Pablo Martikian <pablomartikian@...>
To: gentoo-sparc@g.o
Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2008 8:56:33 PM
Subject: RE: [gentoo-sparc] QLA2xxx

Having booted the 2.6.17 the problem of the qla2xxx is workarounded.

The problem now is the framebuffer mode of your ragexl video card. Another
workaround here is to remove the card and leave just the UPA one. The UPA
supports correctly the framebuffer.

pablo

> -----Original Message-----
> From: BRM [mailto:bm_witness@...]
> Sent: mardi 18 mars 2008 18:00
> To: gentoo-sparc@g.o
> Subject: RE: [gentoo-sparc] QLA2xxx
> 
> The 2.6.17 kernel hangs right after it attempts to switch video modes -
> it just sits there with the following:
> 
> Console: switching to mono PROM 80x34
> Real Time Clock Driver v1.12ac
> atyfb: 3D RAGE XL (Mach64 GR, PCI-33) [0x4752 rev 0x27]
> atyfb: 8M SGRAM (1:1), 29.498928 MHz XTAL, 230 MHz PPL, 83 Mhz MCLK, 63
> MHz XCLK
> 
> I thought I had boot the 2617 kernel before on this system from the
> same CD - I've tried both universal and minimal install CD with the
> same results.
> 
> Not sure why. Otherwise, I would have provided the dmesg output from it
> too.
> 
> Ben
> 
> --- Pablo Andrés Martikian <pablomartikian@...> wrote:
> 
> >
> > To install the 2007.0 cd you have two kernels. You selected 2.6.20
> > when in fact you should do [TAB] and select the 2.6.17
> >
> > Pablo
> >
> > ----------------------------------------
> > > Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2008 08:21:05 -0700
> > > From: bm_witness@...
> > > Subject: Re: [gentoo-sparc] QLA2xxx
> > > To: gentoo-sparc@g.o
> > >
> > > I started trying to work on the system; however, we ran into a few
> > > problems with it. I haven't been able to get the 2007.0 CD working
> > > because of the aforementioned issue - it also doesn't list an
> > obppath,
> > > loading, or data files for the QLA controller under /sys/devices -
> > so
> > > following the instructions previously provided is impossible. :-<
> > >
> > > I have located the device:
> > >
> > > /sys/devices/pci0000\:00/0000\:00\:04.0
> > >
> > > uDev is on the 2007.0 CD, and loads the module, but has problems.
> > > Here's the dmesg output from the 2007.0 CD using the 2.6.20 kernel:
> > >
> > > http://tinyurl.com/2l2zw4
> > >
> > > I also managed to find the CD I used on another system - a 2006.1
> > CD.
> > > It boots and detects the QLA controller just fine - but uses the
> > older
> > > method where the firmware is built into the kernel. However, it is
> > > unable to spin up the hard drive for some reason - it does detect
> > it.
> > > Here's the dmesg output from the 2006.1 CD using the 2.6.17 kernel:
> > >
> > > http://tinyurl.com/3ck8t7
> > >
> > > Any tips? Is the hard drive bad? I'm not sure where to go from
> > here,
> > > and I need to get this at least with the basic OS on it before the
> > > 29th.
> > >
> > > TIA,
> > >
> > > Ben
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