Generic problem with BootX

David A. Gatwood marsmail at
Tue Mar 23 04:32:57 EST 1999

On Mon, 22 Mar 1999, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:

> I think I finally found the cause of the crash: During relocation of the
> kernel by BootX, it looks like the UW is still DMA-ing things to main
> memory, damaging the kernel. I added a reset of the Symbios chip just
> before switching the MMU off, and now, my kernel boots again on the G3.
> This is a generic problem with any device that may do DMA. I thought most
> of this would be fixed by the shutdown-proc mecanism used in bootx, but
> apparently, this is not the case.
> So, I'll soon release a version of BootX that resets this card before
> booting, and also resets all the DBDMA channels (could someone send me a
> list of all possible DBDMA channels on various chips ? I think I know
> where the mac-io ones are, but I don't have a Grand-Central not OHare
> based machine available now).

Please, if you do this, please make it do a similar reset before booting
MkLinux.  The stock G3 UW cards have been a thorn in our side for the same


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