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« on: January 07, 2005, 09:56:48 PM »

Operating System Version: Debain Woody
Error Messages:NMI 2nd, 3rd, are you running in some power saving mode?

Hi,
I am trying to get Debian "Woody" running on an old machine, and want to run
it on a drive attached to a Promise Ultra66 controller. But I'm getting a
message that says something about NMI, and "If I'm running some type of
power saving module? I'm using bf24 at boot to run the 2.4 kernel.

Here is the setup. Tyan Tsunami board. I just Flashed the Bios so I can run
a Slot I Pentium III 800mhz Coppermine. Used to only handle a 550 mhz max. This board uses the BX chipset. I have PC100 DRAM, 320 mbs.

Besides the controller, I have a Kingston KNE111TX Ethernet. I saw somewhere that the Tulip driver will work with this card. I also have a KNE110TX available. I also wish to run a SCSI controller. I have the choice of a SIIG SC-PS0M22, but can't find info on drivers. Or an Adaptec AVA-2903B, or a Tekram DC-310 with with Symbios SYM53C810.
Drives are 2 CDROM's on IDE2, one Writer other DVD-ROM. IDE1 is Seagate 4.3
Gig with /boot on 8mb partition & /usr/local on 2nd partition. There are 2 Drives on IDE1 on
Promise Controller.

I found a sheet that has directions to get a drive on this controller working, but am missing something in the directions. I got
the I/O numbers for the card. There are 5 of them as follows.
0xefac
0xefa0
0xefa8
0xef00

The directions say to label the I/O's as the 1st is "a", the2nd as "b"
etc...
It says to edit the Kernel, and add ide1=a,b ide2=c,d etc... ide2=??
So is the 1st I/O for the controller or the last??

The larger drive on the controller is the Slave, and is seen as /dev/hde in
the partition table. The 2nd drive is /dev/hdf.Here are the partions I created
/hde1  / Bootable
/hde2  swap
/hde3  /usr
/hde5  /home
/hde6  /var

The other Master drive has Fat32 partitions. Not worrying about them now.

Last thing, any settings that might affect this in the Bios??

Thanks

Howard


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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2005, 02:08:18 AM »

Here is some info on the Promise controller.... Check out where the ******* are.
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The idepci flavor contains a kernel with only IDE and PCI support.  It
is geared towards modern PCs without SCSI controllers.  If you have
SCSI, you should be using the 'compact' flavor rather than this one.

It includes support for IDE floppies (ATAPI ZIP, LS-120).  It does not
include support for math emulation, sound, joysticks, video4linux, and
other drivers not essential for installation.

***********************
People with Promise Ultra66 IDE controllers should be using the
especially patched 'ide' flavor.
***********************

In terms of installation, this set of floppies should work just as well
as the regular ones. However, once your system is installed, you may
wish to install the full kernel image package to get access to other
available kernel modules.

See the file 'kernel-config' for the complete list of devices included
in this flavor.

See the top-level README.txt file for a description of what the files
in this directory are for.  To get a complete description of what
files are required for various installation methods, see the
Installation Manual.

_________________________________

You need to use the idepci kernel.

Give this a try and see if this helps.

http://ftp.at.debian.org/debian/dists/stable/main/disks-i386/current/idepci/

If you want scsi support then maybe this one is better for you...

http://ftp.at.debian.org/debian/dists/stable/main/disks-i386/current/compact/


Check out the README.txt in each of the links for more info.
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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2005, 11:47:00 PM »

Thanks for the information. While the Documentation is very good on Linux, the only problem is the abundancy of it. It's overwhelming. So Thank You very much. We all need some one for a guide. Learning is not done in a vacumm.

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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2005, 11:53:35 PM »

Your welcome. Glad I could help. Good luck!
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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2005, 06:27:35 PM »

Sorry, I'm back. Well I have both, a SCSI card and a Promise Controller. The SCSI is only for a peripheral device, not a drive. What is the especially patched ide?? Because the compact doesn't show me my Drives on the Promise controller. I need to figure out how to get the system to load with those drives, and not get the NMI error. I'll look at my Bios again. Basically I'm turning anything off in it Power Releated like ACPI, APM etc... Do you think that is the problem or is it hardware?? The Controller cards??

Thanks

Howard
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