SCSI Install Problems

SCSI Install Problems

Post by Jonathan Gettl » Thu, 20 Oct 1994 02:55:27


Hi All,

  I have been having problems installing Linux and I am wondering if anyone
has gotten Linux up and running on a system with the same SCSI controller
as I have.

System configuration:
        486dx2 66Mhz
        Relialogic XL-525 VLB SCSI-2 Controller
        Micropolis 4110 1GB SCSI Drive

System setup:
        The controller is at BIOS address 0xc800 and I/O port at 0x160
        The controller is at SCSI ID 7 with the HD at ID 6
        The controller is using IRQ 11

        I have been attempting to install Linux from the Slackware
        installation disks, most recently version 2.0.1.  I have tried the
        scsi (kernel 1.0.9) and the modern (1.1.18) installation disks with
        no success.  The basic problem seems to be that Linux will not
        recognize my controller, or recognizes it but doesn't know what to
        do with it.

        When I use <ncr5380=0x160,11> or <t128=0x160,11> to force it to
        detect my controller, I get the following:

        scsi0 : at port 352 irq 11 options . . .
        scsi0 : Trantor T128/T128F/T228
        scsi  : 1 hosts.
        scsi0 : warning : SCSI command probably completed successfully
                 before *

        The last line there, the warning, then is printed out over and over

Thanks for the help

Jonathan Gettler
University of Tennessee                                --------------------



1. SCSI Install problems (No BIOS32)

        I'm trying to setup Linux on a system in work, and I've been
stumped by one big problem - I keep getting a BIOS32 problem.  I
have actually alot of experience with installing Linux (you know the
story - you get Linux and you single-handedly try to knock 20 points
of the price of Microsoft stock by installing it on every machine
you lay your hands on!!)

Anyway, I'll give you a rundown on what the boot sequence looks like
(this will include all necessary h/w info):


Phoenix 80486 ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.00 A09

Dell Embedded Diagnostics Version 1.05

Dell System 4050/XE

   DPT DISK BIOS v001.J8
   Distributed Processing Technology
   (c) Copyright 1990-1992

   Controller:  PM2012B/9X v05B.0
       Drive : 0 (ID0/LUN0) DEC         DSP3105S    1001 x 64 x 32
       Drive : 1 (ID1/LUN0) DEC         DSP3105S    1001 x 64 x 32

<At this point Lilo Boots from the floppy drive.  I'm using the
ASCSI bootdsk from slakware 3.0 (this is kernel version 1.3.18 with SCSI
support for the DPT EISA SCSI card).  Lilo boots, and I load the RAMDISK
image (I have 32Mb of memory).  I then get the following messages:>

PCI_init: NO BIOS32
Registered HBAs:
HBA no. Boardtype: Revis: EATA: Bus: BaseIO: IRQ: DMA: Ch: ID: Pr: QS:
scsi0 : PM2012B/9X v05B.0 2.0b  EISA 0x3c88   14  BMST  0   7   Y  64
64   32
eata_pio: No BIOS32 extensions present.  This driver release still
depends on it.
          Skipping scan for PCI HBAs
general protection: 0000
<I then get a stack dump and a load of error codes (if anyone needs
these, I can
post them)>


I can access the drives easily in DOS.  Also, apparently the driver I
want to use
(eata_pio)  will not take any kernel parameters.

Has anyone any experince with this kind of problem?  I'd really like to
get this
machine working (a 486 with 32Mb of RAM, 2Gb SCSI drives and a 2Mb S3
video card -
it should ROCK when I get it going!)

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