Matrox Mystique and Linux boot problems.

Matrox Mystique and Linux boot problems.

Post by John Warren Dupre » Fri, 06 Jun 1997 04:00:00

Sorry if this is a repost:

I just got the Matrox Mystique 4Mg video card.  It causes linux to hang
on boot when the machine probes for hardware - like for scsi devices and
network devices.  I upgraded the kernel to 2.0.30, since pci.h has an
entry for the Mystique.  That didn't work.  Pulling the scsi cards (
Pas16 sound and scsi cdrom ) and my zip scsi card (aha152x) then caused
the system to hang on the network card probe.  Pulling the net card (
old 8bit NE1000 ) then allowed the machine to boot and the card worked
great!  I imagine linux is* when it probes in address space owned
by the Mystique??  Any ideas??  I'd really appreciate the help!

I have an Intel Premiere/PCI II motherboard.  I'm running Caldera's Open
Linux Distribution.

I don't know what else to tell you.

Thanks for listening.


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Matrox Mystique and Linux boot problems.

Post by John Warren Dupre » Mon, 09 Jun 1997 04:00:00

Hi All,

Thanks for your response to my problem with the Mystique "causing" my
machine to hang
on boot up.  All of your suggestions and pointers were instrumental in
getting it to work.
  Essentially what I ended up doing was explicitly stating the scsi and
network card
  parameters in lilo.conf.  
  ( I also changed the IRQ for the zip scsi (aha152x) to 11 - since at
least in DOS,
  the mystique diag. program irqset, said that it had defaulted to 10.  
  I also made sure that it was free for the PCI bus to use in the BIOS.

Below is my lilo.conf entry for this.  
image = /vmlinuz
        label = OLinux
        root = /dev/hda3
        append = "reserve=0x340,32, ether=3,0x340,eth0 pas16=0x388,7

It might have been easier to just specify the parameters for the
but I'm not sure how to do that.  I'm not sure it is possible.

Again, thank for your help!  
If you are interested in any more information, just ask.


John Duprey