ATA support

Nobody III hungryninja101 at ...9...
Tue Nov 4 17:38:44 CET 2014

Thanks. Since Genode seems to generally have inferior 64-bit support, I've
switched to using 32-bit mode for the time being. I bought a serial cable
on eBay yesterday, so that should help me if I can't get another way
working before it arrives. I will try your advice and hope to get Genode up
and running soon.
As a side question, is there an easy way to combine input from a PS/2
keyboard and a USB mouse or should I write a server for that?
On Nov 4, 2014 3:37 AM, "Norman Feske" <norman.feske at ...1...> wrote:

> Hi Ben,
> before proceeding with looking at the ATAPI and VESA issues, I warmly
> recommend you to find a way for obtaining the debug output over a serial
> line. There are several options:
> * If your machine has a free PCI slot, there are PCI cards with
>   comports available. To use such a card with Genode, you first have
>   to determine the I/O ports used by the comports. For example, by
>   booting Linux and using lspci to show the PCI resources. Once you
>   know the I/O port address, you have to configure the respective kernel
>   to use the specific I/O port. E.g., on Fiasco.OC, there is a kernel
>   command line option. On NOVA, it may work out of the box because
>   there is an UART detection mechanism in place (the bender chain
>   loader).
> * If your machine is a laptop, it may have a PCI-X cardbus slot. We are
>   regularly using such devices as RS232 adapters. To use such an
>   adapter for kernel debug output, you'd need to follow the same steps
>   as for the PCI card.
> * If your machine features Intel AMT (advanced management technology),
>   you can redirect serial output over ethernet. To use AMT with Linux,
>   have a look at the amtterm package. Also, you may search in the
>   archive of the mailing list for additional information.
> * If your machine features IPMI, you should also be able to redirect
>   serial output over the network as well.
> For debugging any kind of issue, please down-strip a run script with
> only the components needed for debugging the problem at hand. E.g., when
> you investigate the ATAPI driver issue, there is no point of having the
> PS/2 and VESA drivers present. They just pollute the debug output with
> distracting information and make the overall scenario more complicated
> than it needs to be.
> As another hint for debugging individual issues on real hardware, you
> can dump the ISO images that are produced by the Genode build system
> directly on a USB stick (using 'dd') and boot your test machine from
> USB. This alleviates the need to modify the binaries and the boot-loader
> configuration on the hard disk of your machine.
> For debugging the ATAPI problem, I recommend you to follow Sebastian's
> advice to investigate potential IRQ problems. In the past, we repeatedly
> experienced IRQ delivery problems on Fiasco.OC that were related to the
> IRQ configuration (edge vs. level triggered, high vs. how active). To
> investigate the issue, I would cross-correlate the behavior of the
> driver on different kernels. I would start with a non-APIC kernel (such
> as the old L4/Fiasco or OKL4), which uses plain old PIC interrupt
> numbers. Does the driver successfully detect the device when running on
> one of those kernels? If it works, you may try repeating the test with
> NOVA, which uses the APIC but has no known IRQ delivery issues. Make
> sure that you start the ACPI driver when using NOVA and route the IRQ
> session of the ATAPI driver to the ACPI driver. If you get it to work
> with NOVA, we know that the issue is actually related to the IRQ
> configuration on Fiasco.OC. So it might be worthwhile to revisit the
> pointers that Sebastian gave you.
> Regarding your question about adding libATA to DDE-Linux, I would shy
> away from that and rather investigate the fixing of the remaining 64 bit
> issues of our existing ATAPI driver. I doubt that the driver is
> inherently unable to work on 64 bit. There was just no pressing need to
> support 64 bit until now. Actually, we even considered dropping the
> ATAPI driver altogether because it hasn't been used for such a long time.
> Unfortunately, I won't be able to give meaningful assistance for
> debugging your VESA issue from remote. The best advise I can give you is
> to find a way to obtain the serial output. Once you can see the debug
> messages, you can enable the 'verbose' flag in
> 'libports/src/drivers/framebuffer/vesa/' to get more
> diagnostic information. On some hardware, the VESA driver is known to
> not work correctly. If this is the case for your machine, you may use a
> fallback: Some boot loaders such as GRUB1 with the OS patch allow you to
> set a VESA mode right at boot time (maybe GRUB2 has a similar feature?).
> Our VESA driver can be configured to use the currently active mode
> instead of attempting to set the mode by itself. To do that you have to
> specify the configuration attribute preinit="yes".
> Good luck
> Norman
> On 11/04/2014 02:23 AM, Nobody III wrote:
> > Would it be reasonable to add libATA to DDE_Linux? I would like to run
> > Genode on my computer and port various programs and libraries to Genode,
> > but I can't get the ATA (ATAPI) driver to detect my hard drive (or my CD
> > drive, for that matter). My computer's motherboard lacks AHCI support,
> > and I don't feel inclined to buy a new computer for Genode, since my
> > computer is good (has a quad-core processor and 4GB RAM) and is working
> > just fine and I don't have a lot of money. As it is, unless I can get
> > support for my hard drive, I'll probably have to drop Genode for about 4
> > years until I upgrade.
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