boot fails: "hde: Probing with STATUS instead of ALTSTATUS"

boot fails: "hde: Probing with STATUS instead of ALTSTATUS"

Post by Jack Ke » Tue, 19 May 1998 04:00:00



Kernel 2.0.32 (from the kernel-image deb package) fails to boot Debian
hamm system.  Reboot occurs after line b:

line a          hda: ST3491A, 408MB w/120kB Cache, LBA, CHS=899/15/62
line b          hde: Probing with STATUS instead of ALTSTATUS

The system has only one drive and is AFAIK indicated correctly by line
a.

Booting with kernel 2.0.30 line b looks like this:

                ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq 14

After reading "/usr/doc/kernel-doc-2.0.32/Documentation/ide.txt.gz" I
have tried command line parameters at the lilo prompt including the
"last resort", linux hda=slow, as well as variations of hda= and ide0=
based on the data from the kernel 2.0.30 demsg but the system reboots
the same way with any parameters.

I don't claim to understand "ide.txt.gz".  Anyhow, the data from kernel
2.0.30 demsg may give a clue to the problem:  It appears that
the"0x1f0-0x1f7" in kernel 2.0.30 demsg "ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on
irq 14" may be ambiguous since the normal address for ide0 is 0x1f0
according to "ide.txt.gz".

The machine (cpu: AMD 386sx/slx-25) as reported by MSDOS MSD.COM

    Computer Name: Tandy
BIOS Manufacturer: Phoenix
                   BIOS Version: DeskTop VGA BIOS (340-005-11-Rev1.00) Version
                   80386 ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10
    BIOS Category: IBM PC/AT
    BIOS ID Bytes: FC 01 00
        BIOS Date: 05/13/92
        Processor: 80386
 Math Coprocessor: None
         Keyboard: Enhanced
         Bus Type: ISA/AT/Classic Bus
   DMA Controller: Yes
    Cascaded IRQ2: Yes
BIOS Data Segment: None

Everything works with kernel 2.0.30.  

Is there a way to get kernel 2.0.32 to work with this system?

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1. LILO shows "010101010101010..." instead of "LILO" at boot time...

I just re-installed (for the fourth time) InfoMagic's Slackware 2.2 release  
(the InfoMagic stuff is fine, my prior disk crashed).  When I load "LILO", it  
won't boot the machine (I have ended up restoring the DOS master boot record  
with "fdisk /mbr" from a DOS diskette).

What I get is a stream of "010101001000101010010101001" which quickly fills  
my screen and begins furiously scrolling the screen.

I can boot from a floppy.

FYI, when I try to install LILO, I get an error about finding the MBR on "int  
0x83" (which would be the Linux SCSI drive on my system, but I have a IDE  
drive for DOS with the MRB).

Any ideas?

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