kernel-2.6.17-1.2139_FC5 breaks promise drivers for _non-raid_ SATA

Justin Piszcz jpiszcz at
Sat Jul 1 15:55:56 UTC 2006

Or use netconsole. (similar to serial console but over the network :))

On Sat, 1 Jul 2006, Sam Varshavchik wrote:

> Scott R. Godin writes:
>> I'm running a seagate 250GB SATA drive as the main boot drive of the
>> system, non-raid. The motherboard apparently has some sort of deal going
>> that causes sata_nv to also load, but there are no ports on the
>> motherboard for connection. I wound up installing the promise card
>> instead to use the new hard disk:
>> $ lspci |grep -i promise
>> 01:08.0 Mass storage controller: Promise Technology, Inc. PDC20575
>> (SATAII150 TX2plus) (rev 02)
>> dmidecode shows the motherboard Version: ASUS A7N266-VM ACPI BIOS Rev
>> 1004/AA, and /proc/cpuinfo shows model name : AMD Athlon(TM) XP 1700+
>> Upgrading to the kernel-2.6.17-1.2139_FC5 release caused the system to
>> completely fail to continue booting; I got a long string of error
>> messages that never get logged because the boot process past the grub
>> bootloader never gets that far. 
>> commenting out the new kernel (or otherwise choosing the previous
>> kernel-2.6.16-1.2133_FC5 release) returns the boot process to normal and
>> I am able to get in just fine again. Rushed this one out, did we? :-)
> My experience is just the opposite.  2.6.17 is the first kernel I can boot 
> since 2.6.13.
> Anyway, you need to log those kernel messages.  Without them, there's little 
> to go on.
> Go get yourself an RS-232 null modem adapter, and connect the serial port on 
> this machine to a serial port on another box.  Run minicom on the other box, 
> set it to 9600,8N1, and begin capturing.
> Now, boot with "console=ttyS0,9600 console=tty0", and you'll get to capture 
> all the kernel errors, in all their glory.

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