Solaris 2.6 x86, Dell Dimension XPS D300, UltraDMA, and Toshiba 24x CD-ROM

Solaris 2.6 x86, Dell Dimension XPS D300, UltraDMA, and Toshiba 24x CD-ROM

Post by William D. Hachfel » Tue, 20 Jan 1998 04:00:00



I posted a message to the group about a week ago regarding a problem with
installing Solaris 2.6 x86 on a Dell Dimension XPS D300.  During the install
process, random lockups have been occuring.  I received feedback from a few
people regarding ideas, but have been unable to get Solaris working.  Thanks
to all who have replied thus-far.

I thought I'd provide a little extra information...  My CD-ROM drive is a
Toshiba 24x CD-ROM XM-6102B drive.  Occasionally I get the following error
message without the system actually locking up:


    Error for command 'read sector' Error Level: Informational

Sense Key: aborted command

    Vendor 'TOSHIBA' error code: 0x3

One person suggested disabling UltraDMA in the BIOS...  I have been unable
to identify how to do this.  I know the system uses the Intel 440LX chipset
(which implements the UltraDMA protcol), but there does not appear to be an
option in the BIOS.  I have the following options available for each of my
IDE hard disks and the CD-ROM drive:

Multi-Sector Transfers:
                    Disabled, 2, 4, 8, or 16 Sectors
LBA Mode Control:
                    Disabled or Enabled
Transfer Mode:
                    Standard
                    Fast PIO 1, 2, 3, or 4
                    FPIO3 & Bus Mastering, FPIO4 & Bus Mastering

The default on the hard drive is:

    16 Sector, LBA Enabled, FPIO4 & Bus Mastering

and for the CD-ROM drive is:

    16 Sectorm LBA Enabled, FPIO3 & Bus Mastering

I also tried downloading the recently released Driver Update 2 for Solaris
2.6.  Didn't seem to help at all.

Well, I'm looking for any last suggestions.  Should I try buying another
CD-ROM drive and hook it up?  I hate to go through all the trouble getting
it all setup just to be disappointed again...  I'd appreciate any
suggestions anybody might have.  Thanks in advance for your help!


 
 
 

Solaris 2.6 x86, Dell Dimension XPS D300, UltraDMA, and Toshiba 24x CD-ROM

Post by Anthony Mandi » Tue, 20 Jan 1998 04:00:00



> The default on the hard drive is:

>     16 Sector, LBA Enabled, FPIO4 & Bus Mastering

> and for the CD-ROM drive is:

>     16 Sectorm LBA Enabled, FPIO3 & Bus Mastering

> Well, I'm looking for any last suggestions.  Should I try buying another
> CD-ROM drive and hook it up?  I hate to go through all the trouble getting
> it all setup just to be disappointed again...  I'd appreciate any
> suggestions anybody might have.  Thanks in advance for your help!

        I think its just a BIOS configuration issue. I don't think
        you should be using LBA for any of your IDE drives as far
        as Solaris is concerned. Solaris can handle the large drives
        without it (unlike Windoes NT/95). I don't know what you would
        do, however, if you were sharing a drive between Solaris and
        Windows.

-am

 
 
 

Solaris 2.6 x86, Dell Dimension XPS D300, UltraDMA, and Toshiba 24x CD-ROM

Post by Wayne Y » Tue, 20 Jan 1998 04:00:00


If you use SCSI CDROM drive, you would not be disapppointed.
As matter as fact, SCSI provide better performance for your
disks as well.


> I posted a message to the group about a week ago regarding a problem with
> installing Solaris 2.6 x86 on a Dell Dimension XPS D300.  During the install
> process, random lockups have been occuring.  I received feedback from a few
> people regarding ideas, but have been unable to get Solaris working.  Thanks
> to all who have replied thus-far.

> I thought I'd provide a little extra information...  My CD-ROM drive is a
> Toshiba 24x CD-ROM XM-6102B drive.  Occasionally I get the following error
> message without the system actually locking up:


>     Error for command 'read sector' Error Level: Informational

> Sense Key: aborted command

>     Vendor 'TOSHIBA' error code: 0x3

> One person suggested disabling UltraDMA in the BIOS...  I have been unable
> to identify how to do this.  I know the system uses the Intel 440LX chipset
> (which implements the UltraDMA protcol), but there does not appear to be an
> option in the BIOS.  I have the following options available for each of my
> IDE hard disks and the CD-ROM drive:

> Multi-Sector Transfers:
>                     Disabled, 2, 4, 8, or 16 Sectors
> LBA Mode Control:
>                     Disabled or Enabled
> Transfer Mode:
>                     Standard
>                     Fast PIO 1, 2, 3, or 4
>                     FPIO3 & Bus Mastering, FPIO4 & Bus Mastering

> The default on the hard drive is:

>     16 Sector, LBA Enabled, FPIO4 & Bus Mastering

> and for the CD-ROM drive is:

>     16 Sectorm LBA Enabled, FPIO3 & Bus Mastering

> I also tried downloading the recently released Driver Update 2 for Solaris
> 2.6.  Didn't seem to help at all.

> Well, I'm looking for any last suggestions.  Should I try buying another
> CD-ROM drive and hook it up?  I hate to go through all the trouble getting
> it all setup just to be disappointed again...  I'd appreciate any
> suggestions anybody might have.  Thanks in advance for your help!



 
 
 

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