PANIC during 2.1 x86 installation

PANIC during 2.1 x86 installation

Post by Morten Tolbo » Wed, 13 Oct 1993 00:24:20

I am installing Solaris 2.1 x86 on a 80486 machine with an Adaptec
AHA-1542B SCSI adapter and a Seagate ST3600 525 MB harddisk. I use a
Toshiba CD-ROM drive for the installation.

When i boot the machine from the floppy i gives me the choise of
installing from Harddisk, Tape, CD-ROM, and net. I select CD-ROM and
the installation starts (there is a rotating character that indicates
something is happening). After approx 20 seconds of rotating I get the
following error message:

PANIC: aha_docmd: adapter won't go IDLE.
Press any key to reboot

I have checked all jumpers and terminators as stated in the
installation manual.

Can anybody tell me what to do?

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PANIC during 2.1 x86 installation

Post by Gregory Sudder » Fri, 15 Oct 1993 10:25:27


>I am installing Solaris 2.1 x86 on a 80486 machine with an Adaptec
>AHA-1542B SCSI adapter and a Seagate ST3600 525 MB harddisk. I use a
>Toshiba CD-ROM drive for the installation.


>PANIC: aha_docmd: adapter won't go IDLE.
>Press any key to reboot

        I had the same problem exactly at a customer's site, with
        a 486 and a Seagate 3610N Drive (535, Low Profile).  The
        Solaris support guys thought it was the CD ROM (a Texel) then
        we changed to a Sun-CD.  Next they thought it was a motherboard
        problem, so we tried it on a name-brand motherboard.  

        Then we tried it on another drive.  It worked fine.

        My guess is that the geometry of the drive (1800 clys, for a 525!)
        is a little weird, and is causing either the adaptec to guess
        wrong on other parameters, or it is causing a driver problem.
        The 1542B had problems with drives > 1024 cylinders...but a ROM
        upgrade fixes that.


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