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Old 06-10-04, 01:07 PM   #1
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Default ASUS a7n8x Lockup

Hey guys I have been have trouble with my ASUS A7N8X motherboard lately. The computer will lockup at random times. Its very hard to identify what is failing because its a hardlockup (no keyboard, no mouse, no ping). The lockups didnt start until I replaced my old motherboard with this one, so I am assuming this has to do with the motherboard. These are the times it usually fails:

Watching a DVD
Downloading Files from the Internet
Listening to songs on a SAMBA share


The only thing all of these have in common, (that I can tell) are massive IDE reads and writes. Are there any know problems with this board and the IDE stuff? Here is my computer information:

Linux 2.4.26-1-686 (Debian)
Athlon 2800+ (Barton)
512 MB (333 DDR RAM)
2 x 20GIG HDs
DVD Reader
NVIDIA Geforce 3 video card (64mb ddr ram)
Soundblaster Live! Platninum
Dlink Network card


Here is a lsmod of my system just in case that helps:

Code:
Module                  Size  Used by    Tainted: P
parport_pc             23880   1  (autoclean)
lp                      7168   0  (autoclean)
parport                26664   1  (autoclean) [parport_pc lp]
binfmt_misc             6052   1
apm                    10028   2  (autoclean)
ide-cd                 32448   1  (autoclean)
cdrom                  29184   0  (autoclean) [ide-cd]
af_packet              13608   0  (autoclean)
visor                  11912   0  (unused)
usbserial              19644   0  [visor]
usb-storage            70048   0  (unused)
scsi_mod               95076   1  [usb-storage]
usb-ohci               19400   0  (unused)
usbcore                63756   1  [visor usbserial usb-storage usb-ohci]
emu10k1                60812   2
ac97_codec             13684   0  [emu10k1]
sound                  59272   0  [emu10k1]
soundcore               3940   7  [emu10k1 sound]
nvidia               1966816   6
8139too                15240   1
mii                     2464   0  [8139too]
crc32                   2912   0  [8139too]
rtc                     7112   0  (autoclean)
ext2                   51176   1  (autoclean)
ext3                   82536   1  (autoclean)
jbd                    42980   1  (autoclean) [ext3]
ide-detect               288   0  (autoclean) (unused)
ide-disk               16928   3  (autoclean)
amd74xx                10756   1  (autoclean)
ide-core              111228   4  (autoclean) [ide-cd usb-storage ide-detect ide
-disk amd74xx]
unix                   15500 243  (autoclean)
Anyone have similar problems with this board or know whats going on (and how to fix it) ?

Thanks
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Old 06-10-04, 01:10 PM   #2
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turn acpi off.
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Old 06-10-04, 04:43 PM   #3
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Sounds like a SATA problem. In that case do as blueworm said.

Edit: Upgrading to kernel 2.6.4 could also solve your problem. FC1 is 2.6 ready (it still has kernel 2.4 but all the necessary libraries are included).
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Old 06-10-04, 06:27 PM   #4
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How do I do this? Is it as simple as appending acpi=off to the kernel or do I need to do something else?
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Old 06-10-04, 07:39 PM   #5
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I'm having trouble remembering if it's not APIC which should be disabled instead of ACPI.
But yeah, appending it to your grub.conf should do the trick. Some people remove it from kernel, but I'd go with the first option and see if that solves the problem.
Check with the nice folks at http://nforcershq.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=29 since they have this problem figured out already (if it is indeed the SATA problem).
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Old 06-11-04, 07:03 AM   #6
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As far as I know this fixed it (I have tried some heavy IDE reads/writes) but this error is so random its hard to tell without more time. Thanks for all your help!
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