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Old 08-22-03, 02:42 AM   #1
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Default A7N8X Deluxe memory and Linux install problems

I have tried to install SuSE 8.2, Mandrake 9.1 and Red Hat 9.0 on an Asus A7N8X Deluxe system.

The system is:

Asus A7N8X Deluxe mobo rev 1.04 bios 1004
2 sticks of Kingston 512 mb DDR RAM (1gb total)
Asus V9520 dual-head video card (FX5200)
3 Western digital 120gb HDDs
Plextor CD-RW
Plextor DVD/CD-RW
Antec True Power 480w PS

Actually there is another identical system that gives exactly the same problem.

Trying to install any of the Linuxes mentioned gives an introductory screen with installation/upgrade/etc options. After selecting the option to install nothing but a blank screen is the result. This hung me up for a long time but after switching out several things I finally found out that all Linuxes would install and run fine as long as only 1 memory stick was physically installed. If two are installed everything is blank as stated. Even after everything is installed and running with only 1 stick, shutting down and installing a second stick into a system that was running fine gives a system that will not boot into Linux at all, although there is no problem at all with booting Windows (XP Pro). And this has nothing to do with dual-channel mode, it happens regardless of which memory slots multiple sticks are installed in.

Has anyone else had this problem or know how to resolve it? I don't know if this is an Asus/nVidia issue or a kernel issue but limiting the system to 1 stick of RAM to run Linux isn't acceptable.

One thing I have noticed about posting regarding this mobo is a lot of people saying that any A7N8X before rev 2.0 will have problems, and if someone knows for a certainty that this problem is the result of a pre-2.0 board then any help thanks. But if it's just a guess then I'll say that I've never had any trouble at all with my rev 1.04s and I have watched others build systems with rev 2.0s that were returned to the store or sent back on RMA (6 out of 9 failures right out of the box) so I'm unlikely to suspect the board itself.

Any help appreciated.
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