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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2004 4:13 pm    Post subject: Cobalt Raq-2 : Problem with the HDD Reply with quote

So, I am trying to install Gentoo on a Cobalt Raq-2, everythings works fine with
Kumbas explanation in [1].

Now, I download the stage3 [2] from a pc on the lan with wget.
md5sum -c on the raq fails on the file, also the file itself is correct on the lan box.

So I stuffed the HDD in another linux box and extracted stage3 on this machine.
I checked the root partition (ext3) with e2fsck -c and -f on this machine with no errors.
The same tests on are printing errors if the HDD is in the raq, even if i repair them and repeat the test, e2fsck will find errors.

So, finally I think my hassle with finishing the installation is caused by problem to write data correct to the hdd with the netboot image.

Are there any suggestions for this?

Digging into demsg [3]
I found this:
Code:
ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq 14
hda: attached ide-disk driver.
hda: task_no_data_intr: status=0x51 { DriveReady SeekComplete Error }
hda: task_no_data_intr: error=0x04 { DriveStatusError }

which might explain the errors.

And exact the same happens on my other raq-2
Code:
ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq 14
hda: attached ide-disk driver.
hda: task_no_data_intr: status=0x51 { DriveReady SeekComplete Error }
hda: task_no_data_intr: error=0x04 { DriveStatusError }
hda: host protected area => 1
hda: 25429824 sectors (13020 MB) w/512KiB Cache, CHS=25228/16/63, UDMA(33)


dmesg for the second raq-2 [4] is the same except the NICs mac address.

How to fix this?

[1] http://dev.gentoo.org/~kumba/mips/cobalt/netboot/README
[2] http://dev.gentoo.org/~kumba/mips/cobalt/releases/2004.2/stages/stage3-mipsel4-20040714.tar.bz2
[3] http://www.tacker.org/transfer/raq2-dmesg.txt
[4] http://www.tacker.org/transfer/raq2-bravo-demsg.txt


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2004 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This sounds like a really funky IDE Disk you have. Interestingly enough, I have gotten the same errors on my primary desktop box when I tried it under Linux with an IBM DeskStar and the onboard VIA chipset. Since the Cobalt systems also use a VIA chipset in the same class as what's on my desktop, I suspect it's similar in that it doesn't like your disk drive.

For reference, my RaQ2 uses the original 3.2GB Quantum Fireball drive that ships stock in Cobalt equipment, and I have a 20GB WD drive that lived a former life at Boeing RocketDyne, which works fine except for random clicking under heavy disk load.

I'd advise you find a different drive and try it, it could be your current drive is just unfriendly w/ the VIA chipset, or the drive is teetering on the brink of death, in which case you should turn the platters into frisbees.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2004 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems you're right.
I am trying now with a IBM-DTTA-350840
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