[Soekris] Net 5501-70 Dead With Red Flashing Error Light

Christopher Hilton chris at vindaloo.com
Fri Jun 19 16:52:58 CEST 2015


On Jun 19, 2015, at 10:33 AM, andrew fabbro <andrew at fabbro.org> wrote:

> 8GB.  Installing works just fine...it's booting that's the issue.
> I've tried two different 6GB Kingston CF cards.  I could try a smaller
> one but I have not read that overall size of the card makes a
> difference.
> 
> Any opinion on the POST (commas)?  I'm wondering if that is saying something.
> 
> On Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 7:31 AM, Christopher Hilton <chris at vindaloo.com> wrote:
>> On Jun 19, 2015, at 10:15 AM, andrew fabbro <andrew at fabbro.org> wrote:
>> 
>>> Auto partitioning.  Root is less than 1GB.
>>> 
>> 
>> Hrm… How big is the CF? My 5501-60 is running OpenBSD 5.7 from a 4GB SanDisk Ultra, I bought two of the cards. One has FreeBSD 9.3-Stable; and I installed OpenBSD 5.7 on the other without problems on Tuesday evening.
>> 
>> 
>> Chris
>> 
>>      __o          "All I was trying to do was get home from work."
>>    _`\<,_           -Rosa Parks
>> ___(*)/_(*)____.___o____..___..o...________ooO..._____________________
>> Christopher Sean Hilton                    [chris/at/vindaloo/dot/com]
>> 
>> 
> 
> 
> 
> --
> andrew fabbro
> andrew at fabbro.org
> blog: https://raindog308.com
> 

Here’s what mine looks like booting. The hd0+* is different than mine. I don’t know what the significance of this is though?


— screen capture —


rebooting...


POST: 012345689bcefghips1234ajklnopqr,,,tvwxy








comBIOS ver. 1.33  20070103  Copyright (C) 2000-2007 Soekris Engineering.

net5501

0256 Mbyte Memory                        CPU Geode LX 434 Mhz

Pri Mas  SanDisk SDCFH-004G              LBA Xlt 968-128-63  3906 Mbyte

Slot   Vend Dev  ClassRev Cmd  Stat CL LT HT  Base1    Base2   Int
-------------------------------------------------------------------
0:01:2 1022 2082 10100000 0006 0220 08 00 00 A0000000 00000000 10
0:06:0 1106 3053 02000096 0117 0210 08 40 00 0000E101 A0004000 11
0:07:0 1106 3053 02000096 0117 0210 08 40 00 0000E201 A0004100 05
0:08:0 1106 3053 02000096 0117 0210 08 40 00 0000E301 A0004200 09
0:09:0 1106 3053 02000096 0117 0210 08 40 00 0000E401 A0004300 12
0:17:0 13A3 0020 0B400000 0116 0280 08 40 00 A0005000 A0006000 15
0:20:0 1022 2090 06010003 0009 02A0 08 40 80 00006001 00006101
0:20:2 1022 209A 01018001 0005 02A0 08 00 00 00000000 00000000
0:21:0 1022 2094 0C031002 0006 0230 08 00 80 A0010000 00000000 07
0:21:1 1022 2095 0C032002 0006 0230 08 00 00 A0011000 00000000 07

 1 Seconds to automatic boot.   Press Ctrl-P for entering Monitor.
Using drive 0, partition 3.
Loading.....
probing: pc0 com0 com1 pci mem[639K 255M a20=on]
disk: hd0+
>> OpenBSD/i386 BOOT 3.26
switching console to com0
                         >> OpenBSD/i386 BOOT 3.26
boot>
booting hd0a:/bsd: 9777628+1068236 [72+409680+404343]=0xb1ec54
entry point at 0x200120

[ using 814508 bytes of bsd ELF symbol table ]
Copyright (c) 1982, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1993
	The Regents of the University of California.  All rights reserved.
Copyright (c) 1995-2015 OpenBSD. All rights reserved.  http://www.OpenBSD.org

— end screen capture —

I know that I’ve had issues with these CF cards and DMA settings in the past. As in I’ve had to slow down the DMA rate or even force PIO mode to get them to boot. I thought that those issue went away and I don’t remember ever seeing them on a Soekris. A cursory Google search points to this:

    https://seifried.org/oag/common-errors/boot-errors.html

Which again suggests that a problem reading the /etc/boot.conf file because it’s not reachable by the BIOS. I don’t think that’s it though because the box wouldn’t have booted at all unless you changed boot.conf after and that caused it to be stored higher than the 1024 cylinder boundary.

Chris

      __o          "All I was trying to do was get home from work."
    _`\<,_           -Rosa Parks
___(*)/_(*)____.___o____..___..o...________ooO..._____________________
Christopher Sean Hilton                    [chris/at/vindaloo/dot/com]



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