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Old 11-27-05, 04:50 AM   #1
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Default Nforce Professional 2200/2050 RH Linux drivers?

Hello, i am working for FUjitsu Siemens Computers, my question is, are there Redhat Linux WS V3 (AMD64) drivers available for Nforce Professional 2200/2050 Motherboard??

In the documentation, it says that Linux is supported, but i can't seem to find any official drivers on the net, its not even included with the motherboard kit (Gigabyte GA-2CEWH).
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Old 11-27-05, 11:40 AM   #2
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nForce drivers are provided here:
http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html

If you're looking for the sata_nv kernel module, make sure that you're using RHEL3-Update6, as the older versions did not correctly identify the SATA controller.

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Old 12-15-05, 07:01 AM   #3
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nForce drivers are provided here:
http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html
are you saying that the nforce professional chipset is supported by the regular nforce driver package? On the page you refer to, nforce professional cards are not mentioned under "supported products". I am having _massive_ problems here with irq routing under RHEL4. essentially, no IRQ except legacy (keyboard, IDE, timer) is received.

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Old 12-15-05, 12:21 PM   #4
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I'm saying that there's only one nForce driver package for Linux, and its available from the URL I specified.

However, IRQ routing problems really are unrelated to the NFORCE driver package, as all it provides are sound & networking drivers. IRQ routing is handled by your kernel & BIOS.

What kind of motherboard are you using, and which BIOS version?

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Old 12-15-05, 05:56 PM   #5
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Thanks for your reply.

I was using a new CELSIUS machine from Fujitsu Siemens Computers. It's a PCI-Ex machine. I don't have the machine here right now but I remember PCI device ID 10de:0053. I know that IRQ routing is not a matter of the nforce driver. Yet, as you probably know, the chipset and BIOS may have something to do with it.

We were trying to install RedHat EL4.0 U2. We couldn't get USB nor an external Adaptec SCSI controller nor an on-board Broadcom LAN controller working because for none of these devices IRQ routing would work (0 interrupts received). Strangely, as I said in my previous

Perhaps I should restate my question: Are there known issues with the nforce3 chip set under Linux 2.6? Is there a minimum required kernel version to have the basic chipset functions supported? Or should I assume my problems are caused by BIOS/Linux incompatibiliy issues?

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Old 12-15-05, 06:36 PM   #6
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The problems you're describing are kernel/BIOS issues, and more likely the BIOS than the kernel. They aren't nFORCE3 chipset issues.

Its certainly a worthwhile test to install a recent kernel (such as what ships with Fedora Core 4, SuSE-10, or the latest Ubuntu).

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Old 12-27-05, 04:37 AM   #7
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Hello all,
We have been testing CELSIUS V830 Workstation here at Fujitsu Siemens Labs, we managed to successfully install Red Hat Linux enterprise WS v3 on an Nforce Pro 2200 mobo.

When i first posted here our main problem was that linux was unable to detect the SATA controller. The workaround to this is to install Red Hat linux Enterprise WS v3 WITH UPDATE 6 . This allowed the OS to detect the SATA controller nv_sata and proceed with installation / disk druid.

Right now the main problem is the USB, we tried everything and we can't seem to address this problem. We have tested this on 4 different systems with the same result, i'm guessing it is chipset driver related, OR Nforce PRo series is still not fully supported by linux. Nvidia needs to provide better support for this Chipset, rather than hack jobs.

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