[PC-BSD Testing] Testing Digest, Vol 22, Issue 12
fitchkendall at gmail.com
Wed Nov 12 19:58:16 PST 2008
On Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 3:00 PM, <testing-request at lists.pcbsd.org> wrote:
> 1. Re: Problem installing 7.01 to HP xw8200 workstation
> (Ian Robinson)
> 2. Re: Problem installing 7.01 to HP xw8200 workstation
> (Ian Robinson)
> 3. Re: Problem installing 7.01 to HP xw8200 workstation
> (Arthur Koziol)
> 4. Re: Problem installing 7.01 to HP xw8200 workstation (Kris Moore)
> I put an IDE disk in. It hung after the copyright and release
> information. I left the computer alone for about 30 minutes and when
> I came back the dmesg had scrolled to the point where it was failing
> at the video probe (not surprising given the card). It let me break
> out to the console prompt, log in as root, and I have rebooted in the
> VESA mode to see if I can go further.
> Ian Robinson
> Salem, Ohio
> Message: 3
> From: Arthur Koziol <A-Koziol at neiu.edu>
> Have you checked to see if the system BIOS, SCSI controller firmware,
> and any CD/DVD drive firmwares are fully up to date?
1. ANSWER: Arthur. Yes & no. The system BIOS is absolutely fully up to date.
After I saw your post, I am not certain whether the SCSI firmware or
the DVD firmware are up to date, but I will find out tomorrow evening.
2. UPDATE on UPDATE: Following up on my UPDATE of yesterday, I moved
the IDE hard disk back into another computer because I could not get
the operating system to "set" a new video. To set manually, I did not
know the PCI settings for the nVidia card. I tried option 7 to
reconfigure XOrg.conf and the option for VESA, both of which produced
a series of errors about something or other happening too fast and a
30 second time out being needed. So, for an ugly but effective
workaround I put the hard disk into the host computer, reconfigured to
it to use a VESA driver, then removed and reinstalled into the xw8200
workstation. It booted. However in each case, there remains a 10 to
15 minute delay in starting up past the copyright notice, so its not
right, but it is working. (On the bright side, how often do we have
to boot PCBSD?)
I should now be able to use the newer nVidia drivers without further swapping.
3. FREEBSD TEST
>Kris More said:
> I would say that the best way to test this issue will be to just grab a
> copy of FreeBSD 7.0 or 7.1beta if you can, and see if the same issue
> exists there. If it does, then we'll need to get it fixed upstream in
> the FreeBSD base before PC-BSD will work.
> If you can confirm that FBSD 7.x fails, go ahead and report the issue
> via send-pr with as much detail as you can:
> Also, it may be worth your while to post it here:
> Somebody may also have run into this with similar hardware, and come up
> with a solution that we're not aware of :)
> Kris Moore
> PC-BSD Software
Reply -- OK Kris. I will do that. I first want to check whether I
have the newest firmware for the SCSI controller or DVD. HP is good
about that, so I can assess that quickly. Also, it would be good to
follow the suggestion of Mr. A Yerenkow who considered that it might
be a a "boot-from issue" and suggested I try a USB install. I would
like to try that if I have a big enough USB drive.
Thank you all.
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