I've spoken before about problems I had with a vanilla FreeBSD 4.7 install on v5 iOs - complaints about DMA timeouts when attempting to mount the filesystems, followed by a system panic. Yesterday I got around this by using the "obsolete" wd* IDE drivers in place of the ad* drivers.
Today I installed Madrake 9.1, and although it doesn't panic, it otherwise behaves much like FreeBSD - when it gets to checking the partitions it gets a succession of DMA timeouts. Eventually it completes booting, but the boot process is pretty slow. Anyone have any ideas about getting around this on Linux? I'm not much of a Linux hacker; I know FreeBSD much better.
Some other weirdness I've noticed on both - the display manager (kdm on FreeBSD; not sure what it is on Mandrake) has complete garbage on the bottom inch of the screen - kind of like its showing the contents of text mode pages in graphics mode. I had the diplay driver set to Cyberblade i1 on FreeBSD and to Generic Cyberblade on Mandrake. Anyone else have this problem?
Oh, and any Linux hackers out there know how to get the console to use the framebuffer driver? Last time I installed a Linux distro that happened by default, but on Mandrake the console is a stock text mode 80x25 display - it would be nice to get more lines and columns.