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Re: Fresh Etch netinstall problems...



On Sun, Oct 28, 2007 at 04:44:04PM +0000, Digby Tarvin wrote:
> Some progress...
> 
> On Sun, Oct 28, 2007 at 03:55:24PM +0000, Digby Tarvin wrote:
> > > > > > It seems that the kernel used during the initial install was stable,
> > > > > > but the kernel it installed on the hard disk is not.
> > >  
> > > > > > 	Model: Dell Precision Workstation 410 MT
> > > > > > 	BIOS revision A08
> > > > > > 	CPU: 2xPIII 450MHz
> > > > > > 	Video card: 3DLabs Oxygen GVX1
> > > > > > 	Ram: 1024MB
> > > > > > 	Adaptec AIC-7890 BIOS DELL-V2.01.05
> > > > > > 		SCSI ID 0	COMPAQ  DDRS-34560W ULTRA2-SE
> > > > > > 		SCSI ID 1	SEAGATE ST173404LW  ULTRA2-SE
> > > > > > 	Adaptec AIC-7880 BIOS DELL-V2.01.05
> > > > > > 		SCSI ID 1   MATSHITA DVD-RAM LF-200
> > > > > > 	Primary IDE1    ZIP drive
> 
 
> Oops - overlooked the 486/686 difference initially..
> 
> When I spotted that, I tried installing the 486 kernel from the
> chrooted rescue media...
> 
> Bingo - It booted all the way and I now seem to have a working (though
> at reduced functionality) system...

HURRAY!

> 
> X comes up fully and everything seems to work, except that I only
> have a uni-processor system now, which is a bit of a bummer...
> 
> But this is progress, and hopefully a clue as to the problem...
> 
> So now I wonder what kernel difference could be causing a problem on this
> particular system. Could it be a SMP problem, even though running the 686
> kernel with 'nosmp' option still exibits the instability? Or does that
> mean it is some other difference between 686/486 kernel??
> 
> Any idea where I can go from here? I really would hate to have to settle for
> 50% of my processing power...
> 

diff the kernel config for both and see.  After all, they come from the
same kernel sources.

> I suppose I could try to lay my hands on an IDE drive and do a test install
> on that with the 7890 disabled. That would determine if the SCSI controller
> really is complicit in my problem.
 
--

OT:

I've never had a SMP box.  Do you find for normal desktop use that top
shows the second processor actually doing anything?  (I know you can't
answer this for Etch until this problem is solved, but what about
previous versions or other OSs (e.g. BSD).

Doug.



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