Kent Stewart wrote:
On Monday 10 May 2004 10:23 am, Bill Moran wrote:

This is the weirdest problem I'm seen in a while.

Client bought a pair of 160G Samsung SP1604N ATA drives.  I'm
supposed to install them in an existing FreeBSD 4.9 system for
additional storage space.

As soon as the drives are installed, kernel won't boot.  It freezes
up right before the "ad0: ..." messages appear and won't respond to
anything except the reset button. Tried primary slave, secondary
slave ... threw in a Highpoint ATA card and tried every possible
configuration ... no dice.  This was on a relatively new AOpen mobo
with a 2G processor (don't have the model # handy, but I'll get it if
it's important)

Moved the drives into an older 466mhz system ... same effect ... boot
locks up at the probe message just before it would normally detect
ad0.  In this new system, we even tried removing the existing drives
altogether and starting from scratch on these drives ... the boot
from the CD hangs just like everything else.

So ... I brought one back to the office to put in a test machine so I
could gather lots of good data, file a PR and get the problem fixed. Threw it into an old lab machine (266 mhz SOYO board) and the sucker
WORKS PERFECT! (so much for gathering data for a bug report)

So ... I'm at a complete loss as to what I should do ... and a bigger
loss on what I should recommend to the client.

I don't think it is the drive unless size is considered. There are bios problems when the size goes above 120GB or so. You may be bumping into this problem.If that is the case, a bios upgrade may let you use the HD.

That's pretty odd, as the only mobo that the drive works with is has a bios that's completely unable to understand the drive (the bios screen says it's 8G). Both of the other machines we tried in detected the drive size correctly in the bios.

Are you saying that an older bios that incorrectly detects the drive
is more likely to work than a newer one that _does_ detect it correctly?
Scratch that ... _I'm_ the one that's saying it, since that's what I'm

Bill Moran
Potential Technologies
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