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Old 03-12-2005, 05:43 PM   #1
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i8042 Can't read CTR while initializing i8042

I have installed Red Hat Enterprise 4 WS on a Dell Precision 530 with dual Xeon 2.2 GHz processors and having difficulties when the smp kernel loads.

The installation completed normally, but on the first reboot with the smp kernel attempting to load, I receive the following error: "i8042.c: Can't read CTR while initializing i8042".

After the error, while continuing to load the smp kernel, the Kudzu manager screens appears, but both the PS/2 keyboard and the PS/2 mouse are unresponsive. The Kudzu manager times out after 30 seconds and the OS continues to load. The login screen appears but still the same error of the unresponsive keyboard and mouse. I have to hard power-down the workstation to restart.

After the 2nd restart, I load the single processor kernel, and the system continues with the first time configuration screens, continues to load the OS and all is fine.

I ran up2date and installed all available updates, including the smp kernel 2.6.9-5.0.3.EL. After the updates completed successfullly, I restarted the workstation.

The new smp kernel 2.6.9-5.0.3.EL attempts to load, which I want it to do, but I receive the same error message, "i8042.c: Can't read CTR while initializing i8042", which then renders the keyboard and mouse useless.

The Precision 530 BIOS is at it's most current revision of A11, per the Dell website and has 1 GB of rambus PC800 memory.

I can get the system to boot with the uni-processor kernel, but not the smp kernel.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks - dwdrumrboy
Old 03-12-2005, 07:12 PM   #2
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Got smp to work and 4 processors are showing in the system monitor, (hyper-threading enabled).

Had to set USB Emulation to "OFF" in the BIOS.



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