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Thread: Opensuse 11 x86_64, xen and Dell 2950

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    franques NNTP User

    Exclamation Opensuse 11 x86_64, xen and Dell 2950

    I installed opensuse 11 on a Dell 2950 64bits server, the boot on the default kernel is ok.

    When I reboot on Xen kernel (xen packages were installed during OS installation), the system hangs with last prompt :
    Broadcom NetXtreme II Gigabit Ethernet Driver bnx2 v1.7.4 (February 18, 2008)
    ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:03:00.0[A] -> GSI 16 (level, low) -> IRQ 16

    The LCD screen on the server shows "E1410 CPU 1 IERR CPU 2 IERR".

    Anyone has the same problem? A solution?

    The update of NetXtreme driver changed nothing.

    The opensuse 10.3 with xen worked well on this same server.


    Please help me.

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    Default Re: Opensuse 11 x86_64, xen and Dell 2950

    Hi Franques,

    I'm starting to suspect there are issues with the latest xen kernel and the used Broadcom drivers..

    The thing to do would be to report a bug (or join an existing one) and supply needed details to the developers.

    These bugs seem related:
    https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=389944
    https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=396236

    To debug what is happening you will need to boot the Xen kernel with a special switch that redirects log output to another systems console.

    As quoted from the first bug report:
    Generally you need to connect your machine to a second one via serial cable,
    then specify "console=vga,com1 com1=115200" as (perhaps additional) parameters
    on your Xen command line. To collect kernel messages, too, you may need to also
    specify "xencons=xvc" on the kernel command line.

    (Your best bet in searching would probably have been looking at other bugs
    here.)
    There have been reports that reverting to the 2.6.22 kernel fixes things.. but using Xen 3.2 with an older kernel version could cause issues too AFAIK.

    Good luck & hope you get it fixed!

    Wj
    Have a lot of fun!

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    schueffi NNTP User

    Default Re: Opensuse 11 x86_64, xen and Dell 2950

    Hi,

    as i do have the very same problem on my Dell 1950-III, i just want to know if there is any progress meanwhile or if there is a solution for the dell 2950.

    The bug reports mentioned in the second post seem to be related, but they also seem to not to do any progress...

    is there anything i can do to help in finding a solution? i do have a serial-cable, and i could post more infos, but i am not a linux expert ;-) so i do need some guidance on how to gather the required (and related) infos. setting up the cable and boot params on the dell is explained in the second post, but i do not know how to gather the informations (which program, which settings etc) on the _other_ side of the cable.

    any help would be appreciated,

    regards

    Stefan Schueffler

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    Default Re: Opensuse 11 x86_64, xen and Dell 2950

    Hi Stefan,

    It would be very good if you could join one of the bugs and help supply input where you can.
    The devs there will do the best they can to help out in getting the needed data.

    A small but good change your setup will boot by adding option ' mem=1G ' to the boot option (use the 2d line in the boot screen).. but this is not optimal as you are restricting the Xen's management to 1GB.

    Any data you can supply to the bug will be of great value to get things rolling to a fix!

    Thanks! & Cheers,
    Wj
    Have a lot of fun!

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    Default Re: Opensuse 11 x86_64, xen and Dell 2950

    I have a 1950 and am having the same problem. I checked the two bugs linked to above, and they don't seem to be the problem we're having.

    Again, I can boot just fine using the normal kernel, but when I boot into the Xen kernel, it hangs at the same line:

    "Broadcom NetXtreme II Gigabit Ethernet Driver bnx2 v1.7.4 (February 18, 2008)
    ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:03:00.0[A] -> GSI 16 (level, low) -> IRQ 16"

    I then started experimenting. The first thing I saw was that I could disable the built-in ethernet in the Bios and it would boot.

    I then checked this thread, and went and looked at the two bugs mentioned. The first one doesn't seem to apply at all. The other has a solution involving a new kernel. I therefore installed that kernel, and it made no difference. (the 2.6.25.15-0.1.x86_64 kernel.)

    The problem seems to be either with the Broadcom card, or with something the Dells do, as the other two posters were using dell x9xx hardware as well. Dell tells me the 2950 and the 1950 have the same motherboard makeup.

    I'm not sure how to post or start a new bug, but I sure would like help. I don't want to revert to 10.2 if I don't have to.

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    Default Re: Opensuse 11 x86_64, xen and Dell 2950

    Quote Originally Posted by joeljacobs
    I have a 1950 and am having the same problem. I checked the two bugs
    linked to above, and they don't seem to be the problem we're having.

    Again, I can boot just fine using the normal kernel, but when I boot
    into the Xen kernel, it hangs at the same line:

    "Broadcom NetXtreme II Gigabit Ethernet Driver bnx2 v1.7.4 (February
    18, 2008)
    ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:03:00.0[A] -> GSI 16 (level, low) -> IRQ 16"

    I then started experimenting. The first thing I saw was that I could
    disable the built-in ethernet in the Bios and it would boot.

    I then checked this thread, and went and looked at the two bugs
    mentioned. The first one doesn't seem to apply at all. The other has a
    solution involving a new kernel. I therefore installed that kernel, and
    it made no difference. (the 2.6.25.15-0.1.x86_64 kernel.)

    The problem seems to be either with the Broadcom card, or with
    something the Dells do, as the other two posters were using dell x9xx
    hardware as well. Dell tells me the 2950 and the 1950 have the same
    motherboard makeup.

    I'm not sure how to post or start a new bug, but I sure would like
    help. I don't want to revert to 10.2 if I don't have to.

    Hi
    Have you made a note of the module the device in question uses, then
    add the boot option insmod=<name_of_the_module> at the grub menu.

    --
    Cheers Malcolm (Linux Counter #276890)
    openSUSE 11.0 x86 Kernel 2.6.25.11-0.1-default
    up 3 days 3:12, 1 user, load average: 0.13, 0.20, 0.18
    GPU GeForce 6600 TE/6200 TE - Driver Version: 173.14.12


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    Default Re: Opensuse 11 x86_64, xen and Dell 2950

    Thanks for the reply.

    Yeah, I just tried that. Same result.

    I then tried the "opposite" and disabled the bnx2 module. It didn't crash, though several services took a very long time to load due to a lack of ethernet.

    So, it seems like that module coupled with xen (possibly throwing Dell in there) are the culprit.

    I don't really know where to go from here, though.

    BTW, I also tried the mem=1G trick. Same problem.

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    dfgtyx NNTP User

    Default Re: Opensuse 11 x86_64, xen and Dell 2950

    I am having the *exact* same problem on a poweredge 2900.

    As soon as the broadcom drivers load in the xen kernel, the machine crashes hard with E1410.

    Opensuse 11, I've tried the default kernel, the updated kernel, and kernel-xen-2.6.25.16-2.1.x86_64.rpm. No luck with any of them.

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    to-john NNTP User

    Default Re: Opensuse 11 x86_64, xen and Dell 2950

    Exact same problem on HP BladeSystem c7000 Enclosure with ProLiant BL460c G1

    "Broadcom NetXtreme II Gigabit Ethernet Driver bnx2 v1.7.4 (February 18, 2008)
    ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:03:00.0[A] -> GSI 16 (level, low) -> IRQ 16"

    so not Dell dependent. Help?

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    Default Re: Opensuse 11 x86_64, xen and Dell 2950

    I can confirm the same problem exists on my Dell PowerEdge 2950 as well. I get the same crash as mentioned by others while loading the Broadcom driver. Lots of searching has yielded no solution.

    Just adding my report. I'll keep an eye on this thread.

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