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Old 08-22-2009, 08:24 PM   #1
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Can't install Slackware64-current on my Phenom box


Can somebody help this old Slacker out? I just FTP'ed the Slackware64-current, made a boot DVD, and trying to install it on my Phenom system it doesn't see the SATA drives. It installs and runs just fine on a spare partition on my old Athlon64-X2 with all EIDE drives. I have both Slack 12.2 and Bluewhite64 on the Phenom running just fine. Is there something I'm missing here or should I just wait for 13.0 before trying it on my Phenom again? Thanks.
 
Old 08-22-2009, 08:31 PM   #2
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My first immediate thought would be "Which kernel are you booting with?"

It comes with (if I recall) at least two kernels, maybe 3, one of which is 'huge-er' than the other(s). It *might* be called 'hugesmp'..

I don't have the actual names of the kernel(s) because I only downloaded one of them, just to get 64-current installed, and after that, built my own kernel.

Use the Function keys on the DVD main boot screen when it first starts, to select kernels/other options.

Anyhow, make sure you're using the 'fuller-featured' of the two/three kernels, if there is such a one, and post back if that works/fails.'

Also, have you read the README's, Gotcha's, and ChangeLog, in case there's anything relevant to your situation?

Sasha
 
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Can somebody help this old Slacker out? I just FTP'ed the Slackware64-current, made a boot DVD, and trying to install it on my Phenom system it doesn't see the SATA drives. It installs and runs just fine on a spare partition on my old Athlon64-X2 with all EIDE drives. I have both Slack 12.2 and Bluewhite64 on the Phenom running just fine. Is there something I'm missing here or should I just wait for 13.0 before trying it on my Phenom again? Thanks.
What is the manufacturer and model of the motherboard?

It sounds as if your SATA controller is not supported in that kernel.

Can you give the output of "uname -a" and "lspci -vv" and "zcat /proc/config.gz | grep 'SATA'"
from the Slack-12.2 or BlueWhite64 system running on that box?

And which kernel of Slackware64 -current are you using? Specifically
what is the date of the ChangeLog from the ISO image you used?

I'm especially interested, because my server is 7 years old and I'm
considered Phenom when I build something new.
 
Old 08-23-2009, 08:57 AM   #4
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What is the manufacturer and model of the motherboard?

It sounds as if your SATA controller is not supported in that kernel.

Can you give the output of "uname -a" and "lspci -vv" and "zcat /proc/config.gz | grep 'SATA'"
from the Slack-12.2 or BlueWhite64 system running on that box?

And which kernel of Slackware64 -current are you using? Specifically
what is the date of the ChangeLog from the ISO image you used?

I'm especially interested, because my server is 7 years old and I'm
considered Phenom when I build something new.
The mobo is the XFX 750a SLI. Here are the results from my Slack 12.2.

uname -a:
Code:
Linux quadcore 2.6.27.7-smp #2 SMP Thu Nov 20 22:32:43 CST 2008 i686 AMD Phenom(tm) 9500 Quad-Core Processor AuthenticAMD GNU/Linux
lspci -vv:
Code:
00:00.0 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation MCP78S [GeForce 8200] Memory Controller (rev a2)
        Subsystem: nVidia Corporation Unknown device cb84
        Control: I/O- Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx-
        Status: Cap+ 66MHz+ UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
        Latency: 0
        Capabilities: [94] HyperTransport: #1a
        Capabilities: [60] HyperTransport: Retry Mode
        Capabilities: [44] HyperTransport: Slave or Primary Interface
                Command: BaseUnitID=0 UnitCnt=0 MastHost- DefDir- DUL-
                Link Control 0: CFlE- CST- CFE- <LkFail- Init+ EOC- TXO- <CRCErr=0 IsocEn- LSEn- ExtCTL- 64b-
                Link Config 0: MLWI=16bit DwFcIn- MLWO=16bit DwFcOut- LWI=8bit DwFcInEn- LWO=8bit DwFcOutEn-
                Link Control 1: CFlE- CST- CFE- <LkFail+ Init- EOC+ TXO+ <CRCErr=0 IsocEn- LSEn- ExtCTL- 64b-
                Link Config 1: MLWI=8bit DwFcIn- MLWO=8bit DwFcOut- LWI=8bit DwFcInEn- LWO=8bit DwFcOutEn-
                Revision ID: 3.00
                Link Frequency 0: 800MHz
                Link Error 0: <Prot- <Ovfl- <EOC- CTLTm-
                Link Frequency Capability 0: 200MHz+ 300MHz- 400MHz+ 500MHz- 600MHz+ 800MHz+ 1.0GHz+ 1.2GHz+ 1.4GHz- 1.6GHz- Vend-
                Feature Capability: IsocFC+ LDTSTOP+ CRCTM- ECTLT- 64bA- UIDRD+
                Link Frequency 1: 200MHz
                Link Error 1: <Prot- <Ovfl- <EOC- CTLTm-
                Link Frequency Capability 1: 200MHz- 300MHz- 400MHz- 500MHz- 600MHz- 800MHz- 1.0GHz- 1.2GHz- 1.4GHz- 1.6GHz- Vend-
                Error Handling: PFlE- OFlE- PFE- OFE- EOCFE- RFE- CRCFE- SERRFE- CF- RE- PNFE- ONFE- EOCNFE- RNFE- CRCNFE- SERRNFE-
                Prefetchable memory behind bridge Upper: 00-00
                Bus Number: 00
        Capabilities: [d0] HyperTransport: #1c

00:01.0 ISA bridge: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 075d (rev a2)
        Subsystem: nVidia Corporation Unknown device cb84
        Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle+ MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx-
        Status: Cap- 66MHz+ UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
        Latency: 0
        Region 0: I/O ports at 2f00 [size=256]

00:01.1 SMBus: nVidia Corporation MCP78S [GeForce 8200] SMBus (rev a1)
        Subsystem: nVidia Corporation Unknown device cb84
        Control: I/O+ Mem- BusMaster- SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx-
        Status: Cap+ 66MHz+ UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
        Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 10
        Region 0: I/O ports at 2900 [size=64]
        Region 4: I/O ports at 2d00 [size=64]
        Region 5: I/O ports at 2e00 [size=64]
        Capabilities: [44] Power Management version 2
                Flags: PMEClk- DSI- D1- D2- AuxCurrent=0mA PME(D0-,D1-,D2-,D3hot+,D3cold+)
                Status: D0 PME-Enable- DSel=0 DScale=0 PME-

00:01.2 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation MCP78S [GeForce 8200] Memory Controller (rev a1)
        Subsystem: nVidia Corporation Unknown device cb84
        Control: I/O- Mem- BusMaster- SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx+
        Status: Cap- 66MHz+ UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-

00:01.3 Co-processor: nVidia Corporation MCP78S [GeForce 8200] Co-Processor (rev a2)
        Subsystem: nVidia Corporation Unknown device cb84
        Control: I/O- Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx-
        Status: Cap- 66MHz+ UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
        Latency: 0 (750ns min, 250ns max)
        Interrupt: pin B routed to IRQ 11
        Region 0: Memory at f5f80000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=512K]

00:01.4 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation MCP78S [GeForce 8200] Memory Controller (rev a1)
        Subsystem: nVidia Corporation Unknown device cb84
        Control: I/O- Mem- BusMaster- SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx+
        Status: Cap- 66MHz+ UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-

00:02.0 USB Controller: (snipped)

00:02.1 USB Controller: (snipped)

00:04.0 USB Controller: (snipped)

00:04.1 USB Controller: (snipped)

00:06.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation MCP78S [GeForce 8200] IDE (rev a1) (prog-if 8a [Master SecP PriP])
        Subsystem: nVidia Corporation Unknown device cb84
        Control: I/O+ Mem- BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx-
        Status: Cap+ 66MHz+ UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
        Latency: 0 (750ns min, 250ns max)
        Region 0: [virtual] Memory at 000001f0 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [disabled] [size=8]
        Region 1: [virtual] Memory at 000003f0 (type 3, non-prefetchable) [disabled] [size=1]
        Region 2: [virtual] Memory at 00000170 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [disabled] [size=8]
        Region 3: [virtual] Memory at 00000370 (type 3, non-prefetchable) [disabled] [size=1]
        Region 4: I/O ports at ffa0 [size=16]
        Capabilities: [44] Power Management version 2
                Flags: PMEClk- DSI- D1- D2- AuxCurrent=0mA PME(D0-,D1-,D2-,D3hot-,D3cold-)
                Status: D0 PME-Enable- DSel=0 DScale=0 PME-
        Kernel driver in use: AMD_IDE
        Kernel modules: pata_amd

00:07.0 Audio device: (snipped)

00:08.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP78S [GeForce 8200] PCI Bridge (rev a1) (prog-if 01 [Subtractive decode])
        Control: I/O- Mem- BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx-
        Status: Cap+ 66MHz+ UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
        Latency: 0
        Bus: primary=00, secondary=01, subordinate=01, sec-latency=32
        Secondary status: 66MHz- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort+ <SERR- <PERR-
        BridgeCtl: Parity- SERR+ NoISA- VGA- MAbort- >Reset- FastB2B-
                PriDiscTmr- SecDiscTmr+ DiscTmrStat- DiscTmrSERREn-
        Capabilities: [b8] Subsystem: nVidia Corporation Unknown device cb84
        Capabilities: [8c] HyperTransport: MSI Mapping Enable- Fixed-
                Mapping Address Base: 00000000fee00000

00:09.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation MCP78S [GeForce 8200] SATA Controller (non-AHCI mode) (rev a2) (prog-if 85 [Master SecO PriO])
        Subsystem: nVidia Corporation Unknown device cb84
        Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR+ FastB2B- DisINTx-
        Status: Cap+ 66MHz+ UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
        Latency: 0 (750ns min, 250ns max)
        Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 23
        Region 0: I/O ports at b080 [size=8]
        Region 1: I/O ports at b000 [size=4]
        Region 2: I/O ports at ac00 [size=8]
        Region 3: I/O ports at a880 [size=4]
        Region 4: I/O ports at a800 [size=16]
        Region 5: Memory at f5f76000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=8K]
        Capabilities: [44] Power Management version 2
                Flags: PMEClk- DSI- D1- D2- AuxCurrent=0mA PME(D0-,D1-,D2-,D3hot-,D3cold-)
                Status: D0 PME-Enable- DSel=0 DScale=0 PME-
        Capabilities: [8c] SATA HBA <?>
        Capabilities: [b0] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit+ Queue=0/3 Enable-
                Address: 0000000000000000  Data: 0000
        Kernel driver in use: ahci

00:10.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP78S [GeForce 8200] PCI Express Bridge (rev a1) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
        (snipped)

00:11.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 0779 (rev a1) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
        (snipped)

00:13.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP78S [GeForce 8200] PCI Bridge (rev a1) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
        (snipped)

00:14.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP78S [GeForce 8200] PCI Bridge (rev a1) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
        (snipped)

00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] HyperTransport Configuration
        (snipped)

00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] Address Map
        (snipped)

00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] DRAM Controller
        (snipped)

00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] Miscellaneous Control
        (snipped)>

00:18.4 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] Link Control
        (snipped)

02:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GeForce 9500 GT (rev a1) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
        (snipped)

03:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GeForce 9500 GT (rev a1) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
        (snipped)

04:00.0 Ethernet controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8056 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 14)
        (snipped)
zcat /proc/config.gz | grep 'SATA':
Code:
# CONFIG_BLK_DEV_IDE_SATA is not set
CONFIG_SATA_PMP=y
CONFIG_SATA_AHCI=y
CONFIG_SATA_SIL24=y
CONFIG_SATA_SVW=y
CONFIG_SATA_MV=y
CONFIG_SATA_NV=y
CONFIG_SATA_QSTOR=y
CONFIG_SATA_PROMISE=y
CONFIG_SATA_SX4=y
CONFIG_SATA_SIL=y
CONFIG_SATA_SIS=y
CONFIG_SATA_ULI=y
CONFIG_SATA_VIA=y
CONFIG_SATA_VITESSE=y
CONFIG_SATA_INIC162X=y
 
Old 08-23-2009, 10:07 AM   #5
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The mobo is the XFX 750a SLI.
That board/chipset, eh?

Add "pci=nomsi" to the boot parameter ... should get you in.
 
Old 08-23-2009, 12:10 PM   #6
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That board/chipset, eh?

Add "pci=nomsi" to the boot parameter ... should get you in.
Thanks! That did the trick. I was able to install just fine. In order for it to boot from Lilo, I had to add the parameter
Code:
 append="pci=nomsi"
to the Slack64 entry in /etc/lilo.conf. I just happen to be in Slack64 right now, and so far things look good. Gotta get used to KDE4, though....
 
Old 08-23-2009, 05:47 PM   #7
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Thanks! That did the trick. I was able to install just fine. In order for it to boot from Lilo, I had to add the parameter
Code:
 append="pci=nomsi"
to the Slack64 entry in /etc/lilo.conf. I just happen to be in Slack64 right now, and so far things look good. Gotta get used to KDE4, though....
Did you not have to use that for BlueWhite64?

KDE's "Windows wannabe" path has run me back to Fluxbox, and I'm glad to be home again.

And please go to the Thread Tools and mark your thread as [SOLVED]

Last edited by Bruce Hill; 08-23-2009 at 05:48 PM. Reason: request to mark thread [SOLVED]
 
Old 08-23-2009, 09:05 PM   #8
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@ Bruce,

nice call on the nomsi option -- I trust you'll still be considering a Phenom machine in the future

All the best,
Sasha
 
Old 08-23-2009, 11:31 PM   #9
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Thanks, Sasha! You know ... you win some, you lose some, some get rained out.

I just had a 250G drive on my server, with 7+ years of photos since we moved
to China, plus the backup of three boxen on the LAN, and other data; that went
south on me. Had some bad inodes, and actually it turned out to be a lot
worse than suspected... was hoping only the filesystem was bad, but the
disk is basically trash. Thanks to poor electrical setups in China, and
the unexpected outages (UPS on all comps, but sometimes we're not here).

However, I was blessed! Lost only three files ... thunderbird-0.9 something
source file, that no one needs; one photo from the snow of 2003, which was
in another located because I'm the King of Entropy, and one other photo
which might also be elsewhere. It's name was too mangled to know.

That server is a machine I built in 2003, running Slackware-10.1 and a custom
2.4.31 kernel. I've been preparing everything for Slackware-13.0, which is
why I found the bad drive. So, new drives already bought, and this time I'm
thinking of RAID5 (or better). But, I need to replace that machine, because
everything else could go any time.

I don't know what I'll buy, but being an AMD fan, the Phenom seems to be
good 'bang for the buck'. The motherboard is important, and of course,
I'll buy an Asus.
 
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Bruce,

Since this thread is [solved] for intents & purposes, hopefully I/we won't be accused of hijacking:

Just an FYI that I came across the other day when doing some Googling while trying to help another OP running an Athlon II X2 --

Apparently, there are a number of certain-dated X3 processors out there that are actually X4 (4 core) units but with one core 'disabled'. If you get the right CPU model# and/or date of one of these units, the 4th core can be unlocked, thereby producing an X4 for the cost of an X3.

I didn't really pursue the subject to death, as I'm not in the market for such a processor; but if I were in that market, I'd be looking into it out of curiosity if nothing else. And it's a matter of speculation (of course, what with rumor mills and all..) whether AMD "did this deliberately" or if they slipped up -- it's up to the reader to decide.

Anyhow, this all may be of no import to you, but I found the subject & resulting discussions I found via Google, rather interesting.

Cheers,
Sasha
 
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Thanks, Sasha! I'll Google that up ... and if you have any links to share
you could post back or email me, whatever is better for you.
 
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That's interesting about the X3 CPUs perhaps having a locked 4th core. I have a Phenom X3, so I'll be looking into that myself!
 
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Since this thread is [solved], hopefully I/we won't be accused of hijacking:

Cheers,
Sasha
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...91#post3655491

And with that, let's end our hijack now, and refer further discussion of this 4-core Phenomenon (heh, get it??! *ahem*..) over Here or at the link above (same place).

Sasha
 
  


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