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Re: [suse-amd64] SuSE 9.1 on MSI K8T Master-FAR SATA disk i/o problem
  • From: Brian Hall <brihall@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2004 18:26:37 +0000 (UTC)
  • Message-id: <20040616182122.GA10776@xxxxxxxxxx>
I have this motherboard with two Opteron 244s and have it working fine
with SUSE 9.1 and Gentoo. However, I am not using SATA. I am using a
PATA WD1200JB-75CRA0. Your problem is definitely due to SATA; so concentrate
your efforts there.

Oh, my memory is 2x512MB Corsair 3200LL running at DDR400.

On Wed, Jun 16, 2004 at 11:57:09AM -0500, Brock Witherspoon wrote:
> Gr?ss,
> I have 4 of these systems that will go into production soon. 3 of them
> are exactly the same, while the 4th has different hard drives. All of
> them are experiencing the same problem. I have gone from FreeBSD 5.2.1 to
> Mandrake 10 (amd64 RC1) to SuSE 9.1 Professional (DVD box set) in search
> of something that will actually work and perform well. I just used YaST
> to download the most recent kernel patches, so I'm now at 2.6.4-54-5-smp.
> Here is my configuration:
> MSI K8T Master2-FAR
> 2x Opteron 242
> 2x 512MB OCZ DDR400 RAM ("Specially Engineered and Optimized for the AMD
> Athlon64 FX platform")
> 2x WD Raptor 36GB
> (also WD 160GB SATA drives)
> 52x IDE CD-ROM
> 360 Watt Thermaltake PS
> These will be servers, so they have no video cards in them (therefore no X
> etc.). I used an old ViRGE PCI card to do the install. (ncurses based
> YaST could use some work BTW, particularly in setting up the partitions)
> I have a fresh install of SuSE 9.1 Professional, installed off of the DVD
> in the box set. I had to disable acpi in order to install, and naturally
> I went with the Linux software RAID to raid the disks.
> Watching top is very interesting. Right before a crash, the wa (I/O wait)
> CPU % goes way up, 50% or more. Then the system becomes unresponsive.
> I've searched the 'net and this list and still haven't come up with a
> thorough prescription for how to fix my problem. I seemed to have made
> some progress after enabling the libata driver, as the test machine lasted
> a lot longer this time before failing.
> I've got INITRD_MODULES="via_sata libata reiserfs raid1" in
> /etc/sysconfig/kernel and append = "resume=/dev/hda11 splash=silent
> acpi=off apm=off console=tty0" in /etc/lilo.conf.
> I'm not sure if the libata module "took"; someone else said that I needed
> to see my SATA drives as sd# rather than hd#. Well, in the boot messages
> the drives were still called hda and hdc. I am unfamiliar with the entire
> kernel rebuilding process in Linux, and with how the modules work.
> Mostly I just want to hear from somebody else who has this motherboard,
> exactly what they did to get everything working, because I've tried
> everything I'm capable of doing. I've found some helpful things so far,
> but I haven't yet hit the magic bullet.
> Of course I can put up any further needed information. I've just got to
> get these machines working!
> Thank you,
> Brock Witherspoon

Brian Hall
Linux Consultant

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