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Re: Regarding Debuging Rescue Kernel Hangs with AHA-2940

On Fri, 11 Feb 2000, Max Bell wrote:

> >On Thu, 10 Feb 2000, Max Bell wrote:
> >
> >> Hello,
> >> 
> >> I have a nice dual-P2 box with a AHA-2940 that I'd like to run Debian
> >> on.  Unfortunately, it hangs due to said card and the "aic7xxx=no_probe"
> >> option does nothing to fix it.  I have verified that the AHA-2940 is the
> >> issue by removing cards -- take out the AHA-2940 and it boots fine.
> >> I would be happy to test any new kernels related to fixing this problem.
> >> FWIW, I'd suspect the DC930 driver is the problem -- booting proceeds PAST
> >> the AHA-2940 initialization just fine, and past another scsi driver after
> >> that.  It hangs immedately after "DC930: no adapters found".  Anyway,
> >> hope someone has this fixed, as I'd hate to have to go to Red Hat.  :-/
> >
> >Have you tried both the compact and normal boot floppies?
> The problem turns out to be (obscurely) documented in 
> http://www.debian.org/releases/slink/#errata.  The stock rescue disks will
> not work with AHA-2940s due to conflicts with the other compiled in SCSI
> drivers, and a special "only-aic7xxx" rescue image is required to boot.  It
> would be nice if the documentation of this requirement was moved from #errata
> into the "current" install document, and the aic7xxx-only rescue image copied
> from its present (comparatively obscure) location of ftp://kalle.csb.ki.se/pub/
> to ftp://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/dists/slink/main/disks-i386/current/ with
> the rest of the rescue images.  As it is, I would never have found the
> documentation of the problem nor the rescue image if some kind souls
> had not pointed me to them.  Had the "only-aic7xxx" rescue image been present
> in the canonical location, I would have deduced the proper solution immedately.
> Anyway, thanks for the response, and extra thanks to Mr. Norris, Mr. Hammar,
> and anyone else involved in providing the special aic7xxx rescue images.
> Another Debian box is on its way to service.

I didn't realize you were talking about slink.  Potato has a normal and
compact floppy image.  I'm curious if we also need an only-aic7xxx image.
Could you try the rescue disks to see if either one boots your machine?
I'm hoping the next release of debian will have this issue resolved.


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