Gee, who would have thought that it was the keyboard. Thanks for your ideas. I recompiled the kernel (Compaq SP700 dual PII-450) following the NOTES guidelines and your email, with these enabled: # To make an SMP kernel, the next two are needed options SMP # Symmetric MultiProcessor Kernel device apic # I/O APIC
options NO_MIXED_MODE options BROKEN_KEYBOARD_RESET options EISA_SLOTS=12
and in /boot/loader.conf kern.timecounter.method=1
I still got the broken time (10 second test lasts 22 seconds). The server also hung upon the 'reboot' command while releasing the CPU1. Since it is
I had that (hanging) at one point; IIRC it was NO_MIXED_MODE that caused it.
a production server, I switched back to my single CPU kernel.
If you have any other suggestions, I'd appreciate the input.
Only to try with different value for kern.timecounter.method, but that's just a guess. Does the output from ''sysctl -a kern.timecounter'' yield any clues?
Apart from that I really can't be of any help. I take it you've done the obvious and searched the mailing list and Google?
I've solved it and I bet you can't guess what it was - it was the fscking keyboard!!!
After spending the last 8 hours building kernels (about 20) with unnecessary stuff removed and trying various options documented in /sys/i386/conf/NOTES I finally nailed it down. What made me wonder was a kernel option BROKEN_KEYBOARD_RESET <skip>
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