> On Sun, Jul 19, 1998 at 12:53:14AM +0200, Michael Engel wrote:
> > - Automatic IRQ detection of ISA cards doesn't work. Does it work on any
> > other MIPS machines ? Setting a fixed irq line makes my NE2000 and IDE
> > controller work in the ISA slots.
> Quite some time Thomas commited a patch to arch/mips/kernel/irc.c which was
> actually supposed to fix the probing problem, maybe he can comment.
OK, let's see ... not so terribly important once I have onboard ethernet and
SCSI running. Let's hope I'll never see and plug-and-play cards in these
ISA slots ;-).
> Since the release of root-0.01 (little endian) I had to break the binary
> compatibility in two important points. These binaries aren't any longer
> supposed to be really useable.
Are the tarballs from ftp.linux.sgi.com in /pub/mipsel-linux what you
recommend to use or do you have some better stuff in a secret corner of a
hard disk ? :-)
> > - Whenever I try to untar rootfs-0.01.tar.gz on my IDE hard disk, I get
> > a fs corrution (usually after creating the second directory):
> > EXT2-fs error (device 03:00):
> > ext2_readdir: bad entry in directory #2:
> > rec_len is smaller than minimal - offset=896, inode=0, rec_len=0,
> > name_len=0
> I've used a newer build of fdisk (< 1 year :-) and there is no problem at
> all with partitioning. IDE is prefectly reliable for me.
OK ... I'm considering if there might be a problem with lost interrupts from
the IDE controller. Do you think this might result in fs corruption ?
> > Has anyone seen similar effects on MIPS machines ?
> > Off to read the intel 82596 ethernet controller docs ...
> Btw, Linux supports two 82596 based Ethernet adapters.
Hmmm, I only know about the apricot driver, what is the other one ?
The apricot driver is IMHO such a horribly documented piece of software
that at least I didn't understand what was going on without the docs
(and I'm still wondering if I understand it _with_ the docs at hand ;-)).
Michael Engel (firstname.lastname@example.org)