Common system-wide problems
The following list summarizes
some of the more common system-wide problems
that can happen:
Systems running graphical terminals
or many different networking protocols often need to have
the value of STREAMS tunables adjusted.
Exceeding STREAMS resources generates error messages
on the console and in the /usr/adm/message file,
and may cause graphical screens to be corrupted
or networking operations to fail.
This can cause a number of odd conditions
such as random vertical lines
on the graphical display.
If you have intermittent odd problems on the system,
-m command or the strstat function in
to see if there have been overflows
for any STREAMS resources.
If files from system A are NFS-mounted
on system B and system A is stopped,
System B may be virtually non-functional.
This is especially true
if several processes on system B are trying to access
the NFS-mounted files;
most system resources will be dedicated
to attempts to access the missing files
and log their failures.
Unmounting the NFS filesystems
or rebooting system A will resolve the problem.
In most cases, it is not necessary to reboot system B.
Unless you are testing new drivers on your system,
a large number of obscure kernel messages
on the console and in the /usr/adm/messages file
that seem unrelated to any executing process
may indicate a hardware failure
on a key system component
such as a memory board
or the disk on which the root filesystem is located.
If you are using memory-mapped peripherals
that work well with DOS
but behave erratically with your SCO OpenServer system,
try reinstalling the device and driver very generically.
In other words,
put the VGA card in an 8-bit slot;
turn off RAM caching, disk caching,
and shadow RAM;
use 1 wait state, and ATCLK(* Mhz) on the card bus.
Any cards that need to be software configured
(such as the wd8003e or 3c503)
should be checked in DOS.
Move any shared IRQs to non-shared positions
and do not use IRQ2 if you can avoid it.
Check that port addresses overlap,
and remember that intelligent memory mapped serial cards
cannot have their memory maps cached.
When the device is installed generically,
it should work.
You can then put back the special features,
one at a time, until you determine
which one is causing the problem.
cron, at, and batch troubleshooting
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SCO OpenServer Release 5.0.7 -- 11 February 2003