[PC-BSD Testing] Follow-up on "Upgrade from 8.1 to 8.2-RC2-x64 Failed"

Arthur Koziol A-Koziol at neiu.edu
Mon Jan 24 14:18:51 PST 2011

On 01/24/2011 4:00 PM, Ian Robinson wrote:
> @ Arthur --
> Thanks for the offer, but I do not have that problem.  I created a 
> bootable USB stick using HP's utility program and added the flash 
> program & updates to firmware & BIOS to the USB.
> @ Kris --
> Since the last report and first follow-up to an upgrade from 
> 8.1-RELEASE-x64 to 8.2-RC2-x64 failing on HP xw8200, dual-Xeon, 4GB, 
> LSI SCSI disk interface, I have (thanks to Arthur's suggestions):
> (1) confirmed that the computer BIOS is as up-to-date as it can be
> (2) updated the firmware and BIOS for the LSI interface.
> (3)  tested the upgrade over PCBSD 8.1 on a second HP xw8200 (which 
> failed too)
> Notwithstanding the upgrades, both machines had a kernel panic and a 
> reboot during the "removing old files" section of the upgrade 
> program.  I am not able to provide any further information on the 
> kernel panic other than the photo of the screen attached to my 
> previous email.  The only real difference between the two testing 
> computers is the video cards.  The 1st xw8200 had an nVidia Geforce 
> 9400GT w/ 1024 Mb and the second computer had an nVidia Quadro FX3500 
> w/ 256 Mb)
> The common-but-unique-thing about both these failed machines is the 
> SCSI interface and disks, which is why I referenced the interface in 
> my machine details.  I successfully installed PCBSD 8.2-STABLE, and 
> upgrades for 8.2-RC1 and 8.2-RC2  on a slightly newer computers (HP 
> xw9400) with LSI combo SCSI/SATA interface, but these computers used 
> only SATA disks.  On the other hand, I wonder how can SCSI hardware be 
> the problem because I think FreeBSD has always loved SCSI.
> The LSI adapter info from dmesg:  mpt0: <LSILogic 1030 Ultra4 Adapter> 
> port 0x5000-0x50ff mem 0xf3000000-0xf30fffff,0xf3100000-0xf31fffff irq 
> 30 at device 5.0 on pci2,
> Tonight, I will try a "fresh install" on machine #2, which I expect to 
> go well.  I will hold off on messing with machine #1 in case Kris 
> wants me to test anything.
> Ian Robinson
> Salem, Ohio


Well, the firmware update was worth a try. In looking over the changes 
that went into 8.2 over at the FreeBSD 8.2 TODO page, I don't see 
anything that jumps out at me related to LSI, SCSI, CAM or otherwise. It 
would suck if some regression got introduced with SCSI support.


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