On Wed, 14 Mar 2007 21:17:21 -0800, Ted Mittelstaedt wrote
> Robert,
> 
>   You have device driver conflicts with the hardware.  Most likely 
> it is the ata driver and the rocket raid card.  The rocket raids are 
> nice cards but I have had them blow up too.  In my case I simply 
> moved the rocket raid card to a different system where it was rock 
> solid, and put in a promise card that was blowing up in yet a third 
> system.  I have a whole collection of hardware to play with. 
>  Unfortunately that is what happens when you work with operating 
> systems that wern't preloaded on the hardware you bought.

Ted,

I would like to do so, but the RAID-controller is on the motherboard.
(That was the main reason for choosing this mobo, since everything I
need (and obviously something more) is already on-board.) All I could 
do was do disable SATA is in BIOS.
Is there a way to control the ressources to avoid the conflict?

Robert

> 
> Ted
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Robert Eckardt" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> To: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Sent: Wednesday, March 14, 2007 3:27 PM
> Subject: Did I take the wrong bus with FreeBSD 6 to VMware?
> 
> > Hi,
> >
> > for some time I'm trying to get FreeBSD 6 running on my server
> > as a host for VMware and several other functions.
> >
> > I'm using a 1.7GHz Pentium M 735 on an AOpen i855GMEm-LFS mobo
> > w/ USB, VGA, 2xGbit/s, 2xPATA channels etc. on board.
> > I used to run FBSD-5.2.1 with vmware3 on an Epox mobo w/ a 2GHz
> > Celeron without problems.
> > After changing HW (mobo, CPU, HDD) and OS (FBSD6.0) I found the
> > system to "freeze" upon accessing an USB device when vmware was
> > running.
> > So my first investigations led to its driver, but in some cases
> > heavy disk I/O was sufficient to cause a freeze.
> >
> > Since the situation got worse with FreeBSD 6.2 I started to work
> > on it more systematically and found the following (actually I was
> > on the verge to switch to Linux CentOS 4.4 or OpenSUSE 10.2 with
> > VMware Server running nicely, but the HD and network performance
> > were disappointing):
> >
> > 1)**ACPI off, "Assign USB IRQ" disabled in BIOS, vmware3 started:
> >     vmware3 runs fine, but no USB devices.
> >
> > 2)**ACPI off, "Assign USB IRQ" enabled in BIOS, vmware3 started:
> >     system "freezes" with network connections breaking, endless
> >     messages
> > ad2: WARNING: - SETFEATURES SET TRANSFER MODE taskqueue timeout -
> completing
> > request directly
> > ad2: WARNING: - SETFEATURES SET TRANSFER MODE taskqueue timeout -
> completing
> > request directly
> > ad2: WARNING: - SETFEATURES ENABLE RCACHE taskqueue timeout - completing
> > request directly
> > ad2: WARNING: - SETFEATURES ENABLE WCACHE taskqueue timeout - completing
> > request directly
> > ad2: WARNING: - SET_MULTI taskq.....
> > ad2: FAILURE [or TIMEOUT] - WRITE:DMA timed out [or retrying] LBA=....
> > g_vs_done():ad2s1e[WRITE(offset=...., length=....)]error = 5
> >     typing reboot will finally reboot the system after several hours,
> >     nothing in the logs though.
> >
> > 3)**ACPI off, "Assign USB IRQ" enabled in BIOS, additional PCI-VGA
> > card installed, using either PCI-VGA *or* on-board VGA, vmware3
> > started:
> >     vmware3 runs fine, also when accessing the USB device.
> >
> > 4)**ACPI on, "Assign USB IRQ" enabled in BIOS, additional PCI-VGA card
> > installed, using on-board VGA, vmware3 started:
> >     system "freezes" with messages above.
> >
> > So, what's the relation between the scenarios?
> > Where can I tweak the system to get it stable?
> >
> > Since I spend already several man-days on getting VMware running
> > on my machine, I would like to help further debugging by making
> > additional tests, but I don't know where to start.
> >
> > I can live without ACPI (for the time being) -- the old system
> > consumes 125W while the Pentium M machine stays at 42W with ACPI
> > taking about another 8W in idle-state.
> > For me it seems essential why enabling/disabling USB in the BIOS
> > or adding an additional PCI-VGA card stabilizes the system and
> > why the unstable system behaves the same way like with enabling
> > ACPI.
> >
> > I put some boot_verbose-logs on http://www.robert-eckardt.de/ghost/
> >
> > Regards,
> > Robert
> >
> > --
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