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Date:      Thu, 24 Jan 2002 21:45:29 -0000
From:      "Robin Breathe" <robin@isometry.net>
To:        <stable@freebsd.org>
Subject:   RE: Possibly another RC2 ATA problem.
Message-ID:  <000001c1a520$719018d0$026ca8c0@ishadow>

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Hi,

I'd recommend updating your BIOS.
V2.09 stable is now out for the TK7, and runs great on my system.  Find
it at http://www.tyan.com/support/html/b_th_k7.html.   Certainly worth a
try, as the TK7s have had numerous problems through their short lives ;)
To fix your disk you ought to be able to use the IBM Drive Fitness tool
to low level format (need windows to make the floppy of course).
http://www.storage.ibm.com/hdd/support/download.htm.

Hope this helps

Robin Breathe



Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 16:36:49 -0600 (CST)
From: FreeBSD Stable <fbsdstable@cobble.capnet.state.tx.us>
Subject: Possibly another RC2 ATA problem.

I tried to load RC2 from the ISO image on a dual-athalon board with an
IBM Deskstar 60GB.  This was previously running a functioning Red Hat.

I told partition to take the whole drive, gave it some labels to use,
and told it to take ALL distributions.  When I commited, I quickly got a
write error from the drive.  (The boot block was NOT protected in the
BIOS.)

Now the drive is hosed.  The BIOS sees it, the probe sees it (with a
different geometry), but when I get to Custom/Partition there are no
disks found.

The BIOS reports:     29437/16/255
The probe reports:   119150/16/63    (as ad0)

The debug screen shows: DEBUG: Unable to open disk ad0

I have since tried looking at it from the 4.4-R install CD, but it looks
the same from there.  I cannot talk to the drive from DOS, either.

I would normally think there is just something wrong with the drive, but
with the other reported ATA problems, and the switch to 48 bits, I
thought I should mention this.

The motherboard is:          Tyan Thunder K7, V2.07a BIOS.
The drive reports itself as: IC35L060AVER07-0.

There is no way to set the BIOS to the parameters show above.  It autos
to LBA mode.

If anyone knows how I might talk to the drive, please let me know.

stu
fbsdstable@capnet.state.tx.us


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