Thursday, March 22, 2007

Network Interface: Watchdog Timeout

My Sguil Demo Server is down, as I have no luck to recover it from hardware failure(something to do with mobo) as it is very old by now. I have unplugged the hard drive and insert it into another Pentium 3 box which was lying around.

Wonderfully, it seems that the OS boots up properly, and in less than 5 minutes, I see this error -

rl0: watchdog timeout

I'm thinking that maybe problem of the network interface, I swap it and change the network interface to another network interface which is xl0 in FreeBSD, reboot again and I see this -

xl0: watchdog timeout

As long as I bring up the interface, it shows watchdog timeout, I try to navigate my irq setting in bios but it seems alright, at last I try to google for luck and I found this link -

I tried to boot it without acpi, and the watchdog timeout message is gone and now the network interfaces work properly. However it is cumbersome as it is always boot with acpi enabled, hence I need to add this one liner to disable acpi on boot -

shell>echo 'hint.acpi.0.disabled=1' > /boot/loader.conf

Everything seems to be all right now, and I have change my Sguil setup as well. Using daemonlogger, I have exported the pcap file from my home router to the sguil box. Sguil box has two network interfaces, one(promisc) will intercept the pcap data that transmitted by daemonlogger and another will be management interface where everyone can connect to.

Kudos to myself that the demo server is up again!

Cheers (;])


JengKlen said...

Yup...Last time, I also got the same problems. But, I disable ACPI function in BIOS to solve it.

RealityMaster said...

I have the same issue on an OpenBSD box, I'll have to try that!

Anonymous said...

I could give you a big sloppy wet kiss right now. I've been pulling out my hair trying to get pfsense (a free bsd based router) to work. This error kept coming up. The command you suggested (shell>echo 'hint.acpi.0.disabled=1' > /boot/loader.conf) did the trick - thank you so much :)

LOTTARO said...

thanks man!! i use PFSENSE and this errors drives me crazy!!!

shell>echo 'hint.acpi.0.disabled=1' > /boot/loader.conf


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