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Old 10-10-2008, 04:09 PM
"Eduardo Grosclaude"
 
Default Fwd: P5GC SATA mode problem

Hello, I'm top-posting my own thread with some homework I've done, can
somebody help?

In short, the problem is that kernel 2.6.18-53 (as per 5.1
installation) works OK while any kernel update makes booting
impossible in Enhanced SATA mode. For newer kernels, only Compatible
mode works, but at a very heavy cost in performance.
The motherboard is ASUS P5GC-MX and the disk is ATA WDC WD3200AAJS-6.
More detail in my own former message at the end.

1. I have tried pci=nommconf, noacpi, acpi=off. Any other hints?
2. I've opened up both initrd files (initrd-2.6.18-53.el5.img, which
works in "SATA/enhanced" mode, and the newer
initrd-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.img, which only works in "compatible") and
found practically no differences (USB modules are loaded in a
different order and that's about it).
3. In the hope that I could build up a working kernel (albeit
sacrificing ease of update) I tried to figure out some useful config.
I've scanned both config-XXX files but I am unable to identify any
reasonable suspects either, diff provided below. Should SCSI-SAS-ATA
be different?
4. Just to play a while, attempted to make mrproper and got the
following. Same for make clean.

[root@localhost 2.6.18-92.1.13.el5-i686]# make mrproper
scripts/Makefile.clean:17:
/usr/src/kernels/2.6.18-92.1.13.el5-i686/drivers/infiniband/hw/amso1100/Makefile:
No such file or directory
make[3]: *** No rule to make target
`/usr/src/kernels/2.6.18-92.1.13.el5-i686/drivers/infiniband/hw/amso1100/Makefile'.
Stop.
make[2]: *** [drivers/infiniband/hw/amso1100] Error 2
make[1]: *** [drivers/infiniband] Error 2
make: *** [_clean_drivers] Error 2

So it seems 5.2's kernel really doesn't like me.
Now, my questions:

1. What is going on? What can I read to understand a bit more?
2. As for the disk drive behaviour, should I file a bug? I haven't
found any related known bugs. Does it depend on whether ASUS P5GC-MX
is or not on the HW CL?
3. Is it on the HW CL anyway? I assume it is, from what I read at
http://www.linux-tested.com/results/asus_p5gc-mx.html
4. As for the kernel compile error, what is going on again?

Any hints deeply appreciated!
Thank you in advance

CONFIGs DIFF OUTPUT
-------------------------------
3,4c3,4
< # Linux kernel version: 2.6.18-53.el5
< # Mon Nov 12 02:16:55 2007
---
> # Linux kernel version: 2.6.18-92.1.13.el5
> # Wed Sep 24 19:27:25 2008
189a190,191
> CONFIG_ISCSI_IBFT_FIND=y
> CONFIG_ISCSI_IBFT=m
399a402
> CONFIG_XFRM_NALGO=m
483a487
> CONFIG_IPV6_OPTIMISTIC_DAD=y
800a805
> CONFIG_NL80211=y
803a809
> CONFIG_MAC80211_RCSIMPLE=y
806,812c812
< CONFIG_MAC80211_DEBUG=y
< # CONFIG_MAC80211_VERBOSE_DEBUG is not set
< # CONFIG_MAC80211_LOWTX_FRAME_DUMP is not set
< # CONFIG_TKIP_DEBUG is not set
< # CONFIG_MAC80211_DEBUG_COUNTERS is not set
< # CONFIG_MAC80211_IBSS_DEBUG is not set
< # CONFIG_MAC80211_VERBOSE_PS_DEBUG is not set
---
> # CONFIG_MAC80211_DEBUG is not set
1130a1131
> CONFIG_SCSI_SAS_ATA=y
1220a1222
> # CONFIG_PATA_ACPI is not set
1229a1232
> # CONFIG_PATA_CS5536 is not set
1245a1249
> # CONFIG_PATA_NS87415 is not set
1281a1286,1287
> CONFIG_DM_MULTIPATH_HP=m
> CONFIG_DM_UEVENT=y
1290c1296
< CONFIG_FUSION_MAX_SGE=40
---
> CONFIG_FUSION_MAX_SGE=128
1292a1299
> CONFIG_FUSION_LOGGING=y
1399c1406,1407
< # CONFIG_SUNDANCE is not set
---
> CONFIG_SUNDANCE=m
> # CONFIG_SUNDANCE_MMIO is not set
1439a1448
> CONFIG_IXGBE=m
1445a1455,1457
> CONFIG_BNX2X=m
> CONFIG_MLX4_CORE=m
> CONFIG_MLX4_DEBUG=y
1524,1525d1535
< CONFIG_IWLWIFI=y
< CONFIG_IWLWIFI_DEBUG=y
1526a1537,1540
> CONFIG_IWL4965_QOS=y
> CONFIG_IWL4965_SPECTRUM_MEASUREMENT=y
> CONFIG_IWL4965_SENSITIVITY=y
> # CONFIG_IWL4965_DEBUG is not set
1879c1893,1894
< # CONFIG_IPMI_PANIC_EVENT is not set
---
> CONFIG_IPMI_PANIC_EVENT=y
> CONFIG_IPMI_PANIC_STRING=y
1905a1921
> # CONFIG_HP_WATCHDOG is not set
1981,1986c1997,2002
<
< #
< # TPM devices
< #
< # CONFIG_TCG_TPM is not set
< # CONFIG_TELCLOCK is not set
---
> CONFIG_TCG_TPM=m
> CONFIG_TCG_TIS=m
> CONFIG_TCG_NSC=m
> CONFIG_TCG_ATMEL=m
> CONFIG_TCG_INFINEON=m
> CONFIG_TELCLOCK=m
2515a2532
> CONFIG_USB_NET_DM9601=m
2647,2650d2663
<
< #
< # InfiniBand support
< #
2653a2667
> CONFIG_INFINIBAND_USER_MEM=y
2660a2675,2677
> CONFIG_INFINIBAND_NES=m
> # CONFIG_INFINIBAND_NES_DEBUG is not set
> CONFIG_MLX4_INFINIBAND=m
2662c2679
< # CONFIG_INFINIBAND_IPOIB_CM is not set
---
> CONFIG_INFINIBAND_IPOIB_CM=y
2669,2671c2686,2688
< CONFIG_INFINIBAND_VNIC=m
< # CONFIG_INFINIBAND_VNIC_DEBUG is not set
< CONFIG_INFINIBAND_VNIC_STATS=y
---
> CONFIG_INFINIBAND_QLGC_VNIC=m
> # CONFIG_INFINIBAND_QLGC_VNIC_DEBUG is not set
> CONFIG_INFINIBAND_QLGC_VNIC_STATS=y
2687a2705,2706
> CONFIG_EDAC_I3000=m
> CONFIG_EDAC_I5000=m
2819a2839
> CONFIG_ECRYPT_FS=m
2978a2999
> # CONFIG_LOCK_STAT is not set
3029a3051,3057
> CONFIG_CRYPTO_API=m
> CONFIG_CRYPTO_ALGAPI=m
> CONFIG_CRYPTO_AEAD=m
> CONFIG_CRYPTO_BLKCIPHER=m
> CONFIG_CRYPTO_SEQIV=m
> CONFIG_CRYPTO_HASH=m
> CONFIG_CRYPTO_MANAGER=m
3030a3059,3060
> CONFIG_CRYPTO_NHMAC=m
> CONFIG_CRYPTO_XCBC=m
3038a3069,3072
> CONFIG_CRYPTO_ECB=m
> CONFIG_CRYPTO_CBC=m
> CONFIG_CRYPTO_CTR=m
> CONFIG_CRYPTO_CCM=m
3054a3089
> CONFIG_CRYPTO_AUTHENC=m



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Eduardo Grosclaude <eduardo.grosclaude@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 9:41 PM
Subject: ASUS P5GC-MX/1333+ WD SATA
To: CentOS mailing list <centos@centos.org>


Hi, I'm puzzled by an ASUS P5GC-MX/1333 with a WD320AAJS disk. My 5.2
DVD refused to see the hard disk. As the CD happened to have a bad MD5
sum, I assumed this was due to a bad burnt image.

Backed off to 5.1. Installation of 5.1 to /dev/sda went OK, then I
upgraded by yum to 5.2. But, at the next boot, the new kernel can't
see the disk. Only when BIOS IDE Setup is "compatible" I can boot the
new kernel. However, the disk shows up as /dev/hdc and performance is
noticeably slow. If I choose any other mode, nash complains that any
LVM groups can't be found and panics away.

I/O in general is terrible. Copying a CDROM to a file with dd renders
the machine nearly unusable.

The kernel provided in 5.1 can work in the BIOS IDE Setup
"enhanced/SATA" and performance is really good. Hdparm when under the
current kernel says 3.51 MB/s buffered speed, whereas for the older
kernel it claims some 111+ MB/s.

I have updated the BIOS ROM to no avail. What am I missing? Is there
anything I can do except keep trying kernel updates?

TIA
--
Eduardo Grosclaude
Universidad Nacional del Comahue
Neuquen, Argentina



--
Eduardo Grosclaude
Universidad Nacional del Comahue
Neuquen, Argentina
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