Optima Super Vizon II 3600 Customised (Bartok)
Bartok is a custom built dual processor server with an
inexpensive 20GB IDE hard disk (for Debian GNU/Linux install) and a
136GB SCSI RAID disk (made up of 4 disks).
Debian GNU/Linux 2.2r2 was originally installed
(kernel-image-2.2.18pre21) from CD-ROM (4 December 2001).
The SCSI RAID disk (Adaptec 2100s) was not supported by the installed
kernel thus Debian was first installed on the IDE drive. A driver for
the SCSI RAID was then obtained from Adaptec (dpt_i2o.o) and
installed after Debian was upgraded to unstable and running
with kernel-image-2.2.19. A compile of
produced a dpt_i2o.o suitable for
use with kernel-image-2.4.16-686-smp. On 26 March 2003 a
was installed to
provide up to date support for USB, adding a USB
Printer. This was upgraded to
on 23 March 2004. The SMP
kernels supports the dual processors and 4GB high memory.
Originally there were occasional I/O errors with the dpt_i2o driver
for the Adaptec. Others (e.g., Ian Millsom) reported that the driver
in the earlier 2.4 kernels were buggy and indeed Ian had a 2.2.19pre17
kernel patched for the driver. However, running under kernel versions
2.4.16, 2.4.20, and 2.4.25 there have been no further problems. (The
2.4.16 kernel was compiled with options p3, high memory, and SMP and
the later kernels were standard Debian kernels with SMP and HIMEM).
Original partitioning was 4GB for / and the rest for
/home. After a couple of years of use the 4GB for /
became inadequate and things like /usr/share started moving
to other places!
A new install was performed (24 March 2004) with the beta3 Debian
Installer booting from CD-ROM. A default boot froze very quickly just
ENABLING IO-APIC IRQs
Setting 2 in the phys_id_present_map
...changing IO-APIC physical APIC ID to 2 ... ok.
..TIMER: vector=0x31 pin1=2 pin2=0
Booting by entering linux noapic on the Boot: line
succeeded. Automatic partition of the IDE disk was then accepted.
When rebooting with Grub the boot command had to be edited to add
noapic to the end of the kernel line.
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