On Sun, Jul 19, 1998 at 12:53:14AM +0200, Michael Engel wrote:
> sorry for all the delays and everything ... it were two very busy weeks :-(.
> Following Ralfs proposal, how about a MIPS hackers' BBQ now that it looks
> like the eternal rain in Germany has stopped ;) ?
Clear sky for the first time since ... can't remember ...
> Back to hacking ... I just got 2.1.100 running on my RM200 and noticed
> two things:
> - 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.
I remember getting strange messages from the interrupt probing code on the
RM200C but aside that IDE was working just fine. It's very, very long
since I last tried some other isa-ish periphery in the machine.
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.
> - NFS root works fine, I'm up and running multi user with the old rootfs-0.01
> fine ! However, I suspect quite some problems with these binaries ...
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.
> - 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,
> [Note that I'm using the raw disk /dev/hda as fdisk doesn't seem to
> create correct partition information]
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.
We actually had more reports about problems with filesystems on /dev/sdx
on Indys. There seems to be a clear pattern of a bug, but for now I
classify that one as lower priority.
> 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.