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wired-wait-timeout on 3600s

    Date: Fri, 5 Aug 1983  15:53 EDT
    From: TLP@MIT-OZ
    One of our 3600's (ROBOT1) keeps dropping dead (about once a day) with
    the following message from FEP:

    FEP> Machine halted "Wired-wait timeout, predicate ~S false for over
    ~D ms. ~@
    <211><211> Proceed to attempt recovery <DTP-6 20067> 72460(8)


  There are a large number of problems that all manifest themselves
  with this or a similar error message.  There are several software
  and microcode bugs; these are fixed in Release 5.  There are also
  at least two hardware bugs for which ECOs have been written.  These
  problems are all being worked on pretty vigorously.

Getting it fixed:

  It will probably take some time for the fixes to the sources of this
  problem to get to you.  As far as I know we have not decided to try to
  retrofit software fixes for this into Release 4; Release 5 should get to
  you some time in the fall.  You could contact field service to check
  on when they can install the hardware fixes; the phone number is
  576-2524 I think (you may want to check with Tom Callahan first).


  Normally you could type continue (at the FEP> prompt) and the
  machine would recover and continue the disk operation that timed
  out.  That's what the "proceed to attempt recovery" is trying to
  say.  Unfortunately this does not work because of a bug in the
  FEP software that bashes the state of the machine so that continuing
  doesn't work at all.

  In all cases that I have seen you can successfully recover from
  a wired-wait timeout by warm booting; type start <return> at
  the "FEP>" prompt.


  If you feel like reporting this, please get more information, such
  as exactly what the machine was doing at the time.  You will probably
  find that it is impossible to get sufficiently precise information
  about which was going on, in which case we have to assume you are
  encountering one (or more) of the known causes of this symptom,
  not a new one that we don't know about yet.