Bug 146446 - [install] FreeBSD 8.0 installation hangs at an early stage complaining of interrupt problem
Summary: [install] FreeBSD 8.0 installation hangs at an early stage complaining of int...
Status: Open
Alias: None
Product: Base System
Classification: Unclassified
Component: i386 (show other bugs)
Version: Unspecified
Hardware: Any Any
: Normal Affects Only Me
Assignee: freebsd-i386 (Nobody)
Depends on:
Reported: 2010-05-10 03:10 UTC by Jeffrey L. Johnson
Modified: 2018-01-03 05:16 UTC (History)
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Description Jeffrey L. Johnson 2010-05-10 03:10:01 UTC
Dear FreeBSD maintainers:

I want to switch to FreeBSD 8.0 as my primary OS, but installation crashes uniformly.  As my system is a rather plain desktop configuration, my problem may possibly affect many potential FreeBSD users.

My system is based on a Tyan 2462 motherboard from 2002 with 2 each 32b AMD Athlon MP 1.2 MHz CPUs and 1GB of RAM.  I run Solaris on one HDD and Windows XP on another.  I am attempting to install FreeBSD 8.0 from DVD on a third drive.  The following is a brief description of my hardware:

Attached hardware:
H-P DeskJet 845c
Plustek Optic Film 7200i film-strip/slide scanner
Epson Perfection 1250 flatbed scanner

Seagate 160GB ATI
Seagate 200GB ATI
Seagate 80GB SCSI - not operational, apparent configuration problem
Western Digital 80GB 7200 RPM (target of FreeBSD installation)

floppy drive

Video adapters:
ATI All-in-Wonder 128 Pro (AGP)
ATI Rage XL built into the motherboard
On hand:
Nvidia GeForce4 MX 4000 (PCI)
Nvidia GeForce4 Ti 4200 (AGP)

4-port USB
Creative Sound Blaster Live 5.1 audio

Early in the install process (Sysinstall menu is never reached), a menu appears, headed by "Welcome to FreeBSD!".  The default choice is "Boot FreeBSD."   No matter which choice I make, the result is the same: splash screen messages go by, including those related to hardware detection.  Then the message  "run_interrupt_driven_hooks: still waiting after [120,180,240,...] seconds  for xpt_config" flashes by once per minute.  Then the following message appears and stays for the remainder of the minute: 
"<<<Dump Card State Ends>>>   
(probe[0,1,...]:ahc0:0:[1,2...]:0): SCB 0x[f8,...] - timed out
sg[0] - Addr {0x25444a0,...] : Length 36
(probe [0,1,...] :ahc):0:[1,2...]): SCB 248: Immediate reset. Flags =0x620/Other SCB Timeout.
(probe [0,1,...] :ahc):0:[1,2...]): no longer in timeout, status = 25b/No other SCB worth waiting for.
ahc0: Issued channel A Bus reset. 12SCBs aborted
Infinite interrupt loop, INTSTAT = 0ahc0: Timedout SCBs already complete. Interrupts may not be functioning."
(The cyclical increments denoted by the progressions [m,n...] are actually somewhat irregular.) 

Even after several hours, Free BSD installation never gets beyond this point (before I ever come to making choices for disk drives and slices.)    Other FreeBSD and PC-BSD 8.0 install CDs all fail in the same manner.

8.0 successfully installed on the same system a couple months ago, but that installation was removed.  At the time I was using the following video adapters: Nvidia GeForce4 MX 4000 (PCI) and Nvidia GeForce4 Ti 4200 (AGP), whereas now I am using an ATI All-in-Wonder 128 Pro (AGP) and the ATI Rage XL built into the motherboard.  Some configuration settings may have been changed in the system setup ROM (accessible at boot-time), but I haven't found the culprit.

Suggestions on how to proceed would be much appreciated.


Possibly switch back to the Nvidia AGP video adapter from the ATI AGP video adapter
How-To-Repeat: Attempt OS install on same hardware with any v. 8.0 Free/PC-BSD CD/DVD.
Comment 1 Mark Linimon freebsd_committer freebsd_triage 2010-05-10 05:09:32 UTC
Responsible Changed
From-To: freebsd-bugs->freebsd-i386

This may be machine-specific.
Comment 2 Eitan Adler freebsd_committer freebsd_triage 2017-12-31 07:59:34 UTC
For bugs matching the following criteria:

Status: In Progress Changed: (is less than) 2014-06-01

Reset to default assignee and clear in-progress tags.

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