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3.2 Install doesn't see Seagate HDD
- To: misc_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org
- Subject: 3.2 Install doesn't see Seagate HDD
- From: Bert de Jong <brrrrrrt_(_at_)_xs4all_(_dot_)_nl>
- Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2002 00:52:34 +0100
Could someone please help me with my unsuccesful 3.2 install?
I have a pentium 1/100 with two nics, that I would like to turn into a
router/firewall for my home network, using openbsd.
I have reasonable linux experience, but little to no openbsd experience.
Below is all the info I've got and what I've already tried.
- The system is a Pentium 1/100, 16 mb ram, 261 mb harddisk with two nics in
Motherboard: Abit AB-PT5 with integrated e-ide (from 1999)
Harddisk: Seagate ST3290A (this may be the cause of the problem, see later)
- I have an openbsd 3.2 bootdisk
- When I boot with the boot flop, install starts, but at the point where I
type "y" to continue with the install, the script quits with "no available
- The bios automatically and correctly recognises a 261 mb ide harddisk as a
primary master. It says the drive is of type 0, and it correctly recognises
the geometry parameters:
1001 cylinders/15 heads/34 sectors
- if I boot WITHOUT the boot flop, the system starts Windows 98, which is
installed on the harddisk.
- If I connect the system to a 880Mb Quantum disk, it fails to boot at all,
it just passes the memory test and then does nothing.
- If I run the bootdisk on another system, a K6-2/400 with a 6.4Gb Quantum
disk, it works as it should. The install script continues past the point
where it hangs on the system on which I intend to run it: it asks if the
whole harddrive is to be used for openbsd, and fdisk starts in interactive
- If I boot the system with the boot flop and go to /dev, I see /dev/wd0a to
wd0p, /dev/wd1a to wd1p and /dev/wd2a to wd2p.
- If I try to fdisk the disk manually with
fdisk -e wd0
fdisk -e wd0a
the system responds:
Device not configured.
The same if I try with /dev/wd0a or any /dev/wd* device for that matter
- fdisk -e /dev/wd0 produces
No such device
- If I start the system, I see a table from the bios with (among other
Primary master disk: CHS, mode 0, 261Mb
- If the systems starts to boot from the openbsd bootflop, one of the first
lines on the screen is:
disk: fd0 fd1 hd0*
(those two floppy drives are a 3.5" and a 5.25" clay tablet drive)
- There is only one ide-slot on the motherboard: the one that the
problematic hard drive is connected to.
- dmesg | grep ide:
pciide0 at pci0 dev 7 function 1 "Intel 82371FB IDE" rev 0x02: DMA, channel
0 wired to compatibility, channel 1 wired to compatibility
- If I connect the problematic hard drive to another system (the K6-2/400),
and fire it up with the openbsd-boot flop, it has the same problem: when I
confirm that I want to continue with the installation, the install script
quits with "No available disks found". If I boot the K6 with the
problematic hard drive, WITHOUT the boot flop, it starts Windows 98 from
the hard drive.
- I searched with Google to see if the Seageate ST3290A was the problem, and
yes, other people have had problems with installing openbsd > 2.8 with this
drive: apparently it doesn't support DMA which confuses openbsd.
So I disabled dma during the floppy-boot process as follows:
UKC> disable pciide*
But then, when I came to the point where I had to confirm I wanted to
continue with the install, install still said: No available disks found.
fdisk -e wd0 still produced:
Device not configured.
With all the other /dev/wd* devices, it said the same.
With /dev/wdc0 (as I saw someone do on a mailing list), it said "No such
Can anyone please help?
Bert de Jong
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