18 December 2003

New work machine

An interesting little box. For a start, it has two serial discs, which is the first time I had had to deal with SATA before. Also, the ethernet on the motherboard was gigabit.

Booting with an unsupported network card on the Debian install: The secret here is to build a module, hit the virtual console of Alt-F2 during the install, mount the floppy disc, and then insmod the module yourself. You are of course going to be building a custom kernel once the box is built anyways.

Interrupt problems with SATA: I got lots of the following with Debian stable (2.4.18):

Dec 17 10:01:06 homebrew kernel: ide2: unexpected interrupt, status=0xd0, count=634
Dec 17 10:01:08 homebrew kernel: ide2: unexpected interrupt, status=0xd0, count=675
Dec 17 10:01:12 homebrew kernel: ide2: unexpected interrupt, status=0xd0, count=707
Dec 17 10:01:18 homebrew kernel: ide3: unexpected interrupt, status=0xd0, count=759
Dec 17 10:01:23 homebrew kernel: ide2: unexpected interrupt, status=0xd0, count=778
Dec 16 23:01:28 homebrew kernel: ide3: unexpected interrupt, status=0xd0, count=800
Dec 16 23:01:32 homebrew kernel: ide2: unexpected interrupt, status=0xd0, count=827
Dec 16 23:01:38 homebrew kernel: ide3: unexpected interrupt, status=0xd0, count=909

It turns out that was fixed by building the latest 2.4 kernel (2.4.23).