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Old 11-27-05, 12:51 PM   #1
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Exclamation Problems with Asus A8N-VM CSM, Gentoo 2005.1-r1 (AMD64)

This thread contained several passing references about getting Linux installed on machines with the Asus A8N-VM CSM board.

I'm trying this on Gentoo, with the 2005.1-r1 AMD64 livecd, but the bootup dies with a kernel panic if SATA is enabled in the BIOS. If I disable it, the bootup succeeds, but the network adapter never receives an IP.

Gentoo's livecd has a 2.6.11 kernel, so I tried to boot with Finnix, and x86-32 livecd with a 2.6.14 kernel to see how a newer kernel would help things. Sure enough, it boots with SATA enabled in the BIOS, but the network problem is the same. Forcedeth is listed in lsmod, but no luck getting an IP address.

For gaming purposes, I dual-boot with Windows XP, which works just great with everything enabled in BIOS, so I'm not going to disable things there unless it's absolutely necessary and in no way circumventable with kernel parameters or other trickery.

So, if you've had luck installing Gentoo with the aforementioned Asus board, please let me know how you did it, what problems you encountered and how you solved them.

More on this issue in this thread on the Gentoo Forums.
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Old 11-27-05, 01:38 PM   #2
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I too had problems booting the AMD64 live CD, and I had to disable SATA in the BIOS. Now, I don't have any need for SATA so I haven't tried to sort it out, but I think the kernel on the live CD is too old to support it. When you actually download and install a new kernel while setting up Gentoo, the later kernels should work if you complile them with the right options.

As regards the network adapter, I had trouble with that as well. I honestly can't remember exactly how I got round it. I tried a few different LiveCDs. I think the full Gentoo CD worked, but the minimal one didn't. I'm not at my Linux PC right now. I'll try and work out which LiveCD got things working for me when I get home later.

Sorry to be so vague; People on these forums have been very good to me so I wanted to say what I could right now, and flesh it out later.
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Old 11-27-05, 03:11 PM   #3
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I suppose I'll just have to disable SATA for the duration of the install, then.

Thanks for your time, I look forward to whatever you may remember about the NIC .
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Old 11-27-05, 06:05 PM   #4
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OK, the Gentoo 2005.0 minimal live CD didn't setup the network card properly.

Gentoo 2005.1 (gentoo kernel) universal AMD64 live CD setup the network card & obtained an IP address via DHCP.

Your board is a G150 / nForce 430, whereas mine is a G100 / nForce 410, but I believe the issue is the same.
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Old 11-27-05, 07:18 PM   #5
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There's not much in the way of details here. Can these problems be reproduced with a vanilla kernel.org 2.4.14.3 kernel?

Also, please make sure that you're using the latest version of forcedeth, as most stock kernels are lagging:
http://www.colorfullife.com/~manfred...nel/forcedeth/

Please keep in mind that just because everything works fine in Windows does not mean that there aren't BIOS problems. Windows does not rely on the BIOS as Linux does for resource management (IRQs, ACPI, etc).

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Old 11-28-05, 03:47 AM   #6
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tabanus: OK, I'll download the full install CD and have a go at it. Strange if it works out this way, I'd imagine there'd be little difference between the two CDs, driver-wise. But I'm not complaining if it does work .

netllama: I've written more details into the Gentoo Forums, linked to in my post. If you'd like more or more specific details than what I covered there and later in this post, let me know what to get.

As for the kernel and forcedeth versions: I've only booted with various LiveCDs so far, and thus been at the mercy of their kernel and driver selections. If I manage to get the network adapter working, I'll be able to make a full install and test reproducibility.

A listing of currently installed hardware:

Asus A8N-VM CSM (nForce 430, GeForce 6150, 4xSATA, 1Gbps NIC, firewire)
AMD Athlon 64 3500+, Venice core
1 GB of Kingston DDR400 RAM, two 512 MB sticks
Hercules Digifire 7.1 PCI sound card (Cirrus Logic CS)
Two 80 GB Samsung SpinPoint PATA hard drives
NEC DVD+RW DL
Logitech USB mouse
Logitech wireless keyboard (PS/2)
4-port external USB hub

In case they are of any use, here are the contents of /var/log/messages (cleaned up a bit) after a Gentoo AMD64 livecd boot with the kernel parameters noapic nolapic nosmp nosata, with SATA and the built-in audio card disabled in the BIOS. The kernel version is 2.6.12-gentoo-r10, i.e. the stock kernel with some Gentoo-specific patches (which usually do no harm). Various ACPI errors are visible, as well as some USB and PCI strangeness with IRQs, and of course the dhcpcd errors near the bottom. For the sake of testing, I killed the initial dhcpcd process, rmmoded the forcedeth driver and modprobed it again right after getting the root prompt, so the forcedeth parts in the following listing are partially duplicated.

The Asus board is probably buggy, yes, but I don't know what sort of bug report to file with them, exactly, given the limited information I've been able to gather so far . I just hope a new BIOS comes out soon enough.

Code:
Bootdata ok (command line is initrd=gentoo.igz root=/dev/ram0 init=/linuxrc looptype=squashfs loop=/livecd.squashfs udev nodevfs dokeymap cdroot BOOT_IMAGE=gentoo noapic nolapic nosmp nosata)
Linux version 2.6.12-gentoo-r10 (root@poseidon) (gcc version 3.4.3 20041125 (Gentoo 3.4.3-r1, ssp-3.4.3-0, pie-8.7.7)) #1 SMP Sun Nov 13 20:03:23 UTC 2005
BIOS-provided physical RAM map:
BIOS-e820: 0000000000000000 - 000000000009fc00 (usable)
BIOS-e820: 000000000009fc00 - 00000000000a0000 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 00000000000e5000 - 0000000000100000 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 0000000000100000 - 000000003bfc0000 (usable)
BIOS-e820: 000000003bfc0000 - 000000003bfce000 (ACPI data)
BIOS-e820: 000000003bfce000 - 000000003bff0000 (ACPI NVS)
BIOS-e820: 000000003bff0000 - 000000003c000000 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 00000000fec00000 - 00000000fec01000 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 00000000fee00000 - 00000000fef00000 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 00000000ff780000 - 0000000100000000 (reserved)
ACPI: RSDP (v002 ACPIAM                                ) @ 0x00000000000fb870
ACPI: XSDT (v001 A M I  OEMXSDT  0x10000505 MSFT 0x00000097) @ 0x000000003bfc0100
ACPI: FADT (v003 A M I  OEMFACP  0x10000505 MSFT 0x00000097) @ 0x000000003bfc0290
ACPI: MADT (v001 A M I  OEMAPIC  0x10000505 MSFT 0x00000097) @ 0x000000003bfc0390
ACPI: MCFG (v001 A M I  OEMMCFG  0x10000505 MSFT 0x00000097) @ 0x000000003bfc0400
ACPI: OEMB (v001 A M I  AMI_OEM  0x10000505 MSFT 0x00000097) @ 0x000000003bfce040
ACPI: DSDT (v001  A0368 A0368001 0x00000001 INTL 0x02002026) @ 0x0000000000000000
On node 0 totalpages: 245696
DMA zone: 4096 pages, LIFO batch:1
Normal zone: 241600 pages, LIFO batch:31
HighMem zone: 0 pages, LIFO batch:1
Nvidia board detected. Ignoring ACPI timer override.
ACPI: Local APIC address 0xfee00000
ACPI: LAPIC (acpi_id[0x01] lapic_id[0x00] enabled)
Processor #0 15:15 APIC version 16
ACPI: LAPIC (acpi_id[0x02] lapic_id[0x81] disabled)
ACPI: Skipping IOAPIC probe due to 'noapic' option.
Using ACPI for processor (LAPIC) configuration information
Intel MultiProcessor Specification v1.1
Virtual Wire compatibility mode.
OEM ID: TEMPLATE <6>Product ID: CSM          <6>APIC at: 0xFEE00000
I/O APIC #1 Version 17 at 0xFEC00000.
Setting APIC routing to flat
Processors: 1
Allocating PCI resources starting at 3c000000 (gap: 3c000000:c2c00000)
Checking aperture...
CPU 0: aperture @ e110000000 size 32 MB
Aperture from northbridge cpu 0 too small (32 MB)
No AGP bridge found
Built 1 zonelists
Kernel command line: initrd=gentoo.igz root=/dev/ram0 init=/linuxrc looptype=squashfs loop=/livecd.squashfs udev nodevfs dokeymap cdroot BOOT_IMAGE=gentoo noapic nolapic nosmp nosata
Initializing CPU#0
PID hash table entries: 4096 (order: 12, 131072 bytes)
time.c: Using 1.193182 MHz PIT timer.
time.c: Detected 2210.075 MHz processor.
Speakup v-2.00 CVS: Wed Mar 2 20:22:02 EST 2005 : initialized
Console: colour VGA+ 80x25
Dentry cache hash table entries: 131072 (order: 8, 1048576 bytes)
Inode-cache hash table entries: 65536 (order: 7, 524288 bytes)
Memory: 946388k/982784k available (2489k kernel code, 35540k reserved, 695k data, 188k init)
Calibrating delay loop... 4341.76 BogoMIPS (lpj=2170880)
Mount-cache hash table entries: 256
Couldn't initialize miscdevice /dev/synth.
CPU: L1 I Cache: 64K (64 bytes/line), D cache 64K (64 bytes/line)
CPU: L2 Cache: 512K (64 bytes/line)
CPU 0(1) -> Node 0 -> Core 0
ACPI-0311: *** Error: ns_search_and_enter: Bad character in ACPI Name: 43045350
ACPI-0294: *** Error: Looking up [0x43045350] (NON-ASCII)
in namespace, AE_BAD_CHARACTER
ACPI-0126: *** Error: acpi_load_tables: Could not load namespace: AE_BAD_CHARACTER
ACPI-0135: *** Error: acpi_load_tables: Could not load tables: AE_BAD_CHARACTER
ACPI: Unable to load the System Description Tables
SMP mode deactivated, forcing use of dummy APIC emulation.
SMP disabled
Brought up 1 CPUs
time.c: Using PIT/TSC based timekeeping.
testing NMI watchdog ... CPU#0: NMI appears to be stuck (0->0)!
CPU0 attaching sched-domain:
domain 0: span 01
groups: 01
domain 1: span 01
groups: 01
checking if image is initramfs... it is
NET: Registered protocol family 16
PCI: Using configuration type 1
mtrr: v2.0 (20020519)
ACPI: Subsystem revision 20050309
ACPI: Interpreter disabled.
Linux Plug and Play Support v0.97 (c) Adam Belay
pnp: PnP ACPI: disabled
SCSI subsystem initialized
PCI: Probing PCI hardware
PCI: Probing PCI hardware (bus 00)
Boot video device is 0000:00:05.0
PCI: Transparent bridge - 0000:00:10.0
PCI: Using IRQ router default [10de/0260] at 0000:00:0a.0
PCI-DMA: Disabling IOMMU.
IA32 emulation $Id: sys_ia32.c,v 1.32 2002/03/24 13:02:28 ak Exp $
inotify device minor=63
Squashfs 2.1 (released 2004/12/10) (C) 2002-2004 Phillip Lougher
SGI XFS with ACLs, security attributes, realtime, large block/inode numbers, no debug enabled
SGI XFS Quota Management subsystem
Initializing Cryptographic API
PCI: Setting latency timer of device 0000:00:02.0 to 64
pcie_portdrv_probe->Dev[02fc:10de] has invalid IRQ. Check vendor BIOS
assign_interrupt_mode Found MSI capability
Allocate Port Service[pcie00]
PCI: Setting latency timer of device 0000:00:03.0 to 64
pcie_portdrv_probe->Dev[02fd:10de] has invalid IRQ. Check vendor BIOS
assign_interrupt_mode Found MSI capability
Allocate Port Service[pcie00]
PCI: Setting latency timer of device 0000:00:04.0 to 64
pcie_portdrv_probe->Dev[02fb:10de] has invalid IRQ. Check vendor BIOS
assign_interrupt_mode Found MSI capability
Allocate Port Service[pcie00]
Real Time Clock Driver v1.12
Linux agpgart interface v0.101 (c) Dave Jones
PNP: No PS/2 controller found. Probing ports directly.
serio: i8042 AUX port at 0x60,0x64 irq 12
serio: i8042 KBD port at 0x60,0x64 irq 1
Serial: 8250/16550 driver $Revision: 1.90 $ 48 ports, IRQ sharing enabled
mice: PS/2 mouse device common for all mice
io scheduler noop registered
io scheduler deadline registered
RAMDISK driver initialized: 16 RAM disks of 8192K size 1024 blocksize
loop: loaded (max 8 devices)
Uniform Multi-Platform E-IDE driver Revision: 7.00alpha2
ide: Assuming 33MHz system bus speed for PIO modes; override with idebus=xx
NFORCE-MCP51: IDE controller at PCI slot 0000:00:0d.0
NFORCE-MCP51: chipset revision 161
NFORCE-MCP51: not 100% native mode: will probe irqs later
NFORCE-MCP51: 0000:00:0d.0 (rev a1) UDMA133 controller
ide0: BM-DMA at 0xffa0-0xffa7, BIOS settings: hda:DMA, hdb:DMA
ide1: BM-DMA at 0xffa8-0xffaf, BIOS settings: hdc:DMA, hdd:pio
Probing IDE interface ide0...
input: AT Translated Set 2 keyboard on isa0060/serio0
logips2pp: Detected unknown logitech mouse model 62
input: ImExPS/2 Logitech Explorer Mouse on isa0060/serio1
hda: SAMSUNG SP0802N, ATA DISK drive
hdb: SAMSUNG SP0802N, ATA DISK drive
ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq 14
Probing IDE interface ide1...
hdc: _NEC DVD_RW ND-3530A, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROM drive
ide1 at 0x170-0x177,0x376 on irq 15
Probing IDE interface ide2...
Probing IDE interface ide3...
Probing IDE interface ide4...
Probing IDE interface ide5...
hda: max request size: 1024KiB
hda: 156368016 sectors (80060 MB) w/2048KiB Cache, CHS=16383/255/63, UDMA(100)
hda: cache flushes supported
hda: hda1
hdb: max request size: 1024KiB
hdb: 156368016 sectors (80060 MB) w/2048KiB Cache, CHS=16383/255/63, UDMA(100)
hdb: cache flushes supported
hdb:
hdc: ATAPI 40X DVD-ROM DVD-R CD-R/RW drive, 2048kB Cache, UDMA(33)
Uniform CD-ROM driver Revision: 3.20
NET: Registered protocol family 2
IP: routing cache hash table of 4096 buckets, 64Kbytes
TCP established hash table entries: 131072 (order: 9, 2097152 bytes)
TCP bind hash table entries: 65536 (order: 8, 1048576 bytes)
TCP: Hash tables configured (established 131072 bind 65536)
NET: Registered protocol family 1
NET: Registered protocol family 17
Freeing unused kernel memory: 188k freed
usbcore: registered new driver usbfs
usbcore: registered new driver hub
PCI: Setting latency timer of device 0000:00:0b.1 to 64
ehci_hcd 0000:00:0b.1: EHCI Host Controller
ehci_hcd 0000:00:0b.1: debug port 1
ehci_hcd 0000:00:0b.1: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 1
ehci_hcd 0000:00:0b.1: irq 3, io mem 0xfebdfc00
PCI: cache line size of 64 is not supported by device 0000:00:0b.1
ehci_hcd 0000:00:0b.1: park 0
ehci_hcd 0000:00:0b.1: USB 2.0 initialized, EHCI 1.00, driver 10 Dec 2004
hub 1-0:1.0: USB hub found
hub 1-0:1.0: 8 ports detected
usb 1-4: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 2
hub 1-4:1.0: USB hub found
hub 1-4:1.0: 4 ports detected
usb 1-4.4: new low speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 3
irq 3: nobody cared (try booting with the "irqpoll" option)

Call Trace: <IRQ> [<ffffffff80149ef4>] [<ffffffff8014a129>] [<ffffffff80149a7a>]
[<ffffffff8010ff52>] [<ffffffff8010dc89>]  <EOI> 
handlers:
[<ffffffff88004b15>]
Disabling IRQ #3
usbcore: registered new driver hiddev
input: USB HID v1.00 Mouse [Logitech USB-PS/2 Mouse M-BA47] on usb-0000:00:0b.1-4.4
usbcore: registered new driver usbhid
drivers/usb/input/hid-core.c: v2.01:USB HID core driver
Initializing USB Mass Storage driver...
usbcore: registered new driver usb-storage
USB Mass Storage support registered.
USB Universal Host Controller Interface driver v2.2
ohci_hcd: 2004 Nov 08 USB 1.1 'Open' Host Controller (OHCI) Driver (PCI)
PCI: Setting latency timer of device 0000:00:0b.0 to 64
ohci_hcd 0000:00:0b.0: OHCI Host Controller
ohci_hcd 0000:00:0b.0: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 2
ohci_hcd 0000:00:0b.0: irq 4, io mem 0xfebde000
hub 2-0:1.0: USB hub found
hub 2-0:1.0: 8 ports detected
irq 4: nobody cared (try booting with the "irqpoll" option)

Call Trace: <IRQ> [<ffffffff80149ef4>] [<ffffffff8014a129>] [<ffffffff80149a7a>]
[<ffffffff8010ff52>] [<ffffffff8010dc89>]  <EOI> [<ffffffff8015aa7a>]
[<ffffffff8015afa4>] [<ffffffff8015c2d0>] [<ffffffff8015c474>]
[<ffffffff8010d6e6>] 
handlers:
[<ffffffff88004b15>]
Disabling IRQ #4
sl811: driver sl811-hcd, 19 May 2005
ieee1394: Initialized config rom entry `ip1394'
ohci1394: $Rev: 1250 $ Ben Collins <bcollins@debian.org>
ohci1394: fw-host0: OHCI-1394 1.0 (PCI): IRQ=[5]  MMIO=[faaff800-faafffff]  Max Packet=[2048]
ohci1394: fw-host1: Unexpected PCI resource length of 1000!
ohci1394: fw-host1: OHCI-1394 1.0 (PCI): IRQ=[5]  MMIO=[fa9fe000-fa9fe7ff]  Max Packet=[2048]
sbp2: $Rev: 1219 $ Ben Collins <bcollins@debian.org>
device-mapper: 4.4.0-ioctl (2005-01-12) initialised: dm-devel@redhat.com
ieee1394: Host added: ID:BUS[0-00:1023]  GUID[0011d80000676258]
ieee1394: Host added: ID:BUS[1-00:1023]  GUID[0008d3f000005976]
ReiserFS: hdc: warning: sh-2021: reiserfs_fill_super: can not find reiserfs on hdc
VFS: Can't find ext3 filesystem on dev hdc.
VFS: Can't find an ext2 filesystem on dev hdc.
SQUASHFS error: Can't find a SQUASHFS superblock on hdc
FAT: bogus number of reserved sectors
VFS: Can't find a valid FAT filesystem on dev hdc.
ISO 9660 Extensions: Microsoft Joliet Level 3
ISO 9660 Extensions: RRIP_1991A
parport0: PC-style at 0x378 (0x778) [PCSPP,TRISTATE,EPP]
parport0: irq 7 detected
forcedeth.c: Reverse Engineered nForce ethernet driver. Version 0.35.
PCI: Setting latency timer of device 0000:00:14.0 to 64
eth0: forcedeth.c: subsystem: 010de:cb84 bound to 0000:00:14.0
libata version 1.11 loaded.
dhcpcd[6944]: terminating on signal 15
dhcpcd[6740]: recvfrom: Network is down
forcedeth.c: Reverse Engineered nForce ethernet driver. Version 0.35.
PCI: Setting latency timer of device 0000:00:14.0 to 64
eth0: forcedeth.c: subsystem: 010de:cb84 bound to 0000:00:14.0
eth0: no link during initialization.
eth0: link up.
dhcpcd[7944]: timed out waiting for a valid DHCP server response
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Old 11-28-05, 05:55 AM   #7
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Tabanus: I tried the universal livecd (2005.1-r1). No change. Same exact results. Afterwards I tried setting PnP OS to No inside BIOS, as well as disabling ACPI 2.0 and ACPI APIC support there, too. Tried booting with noapic nolapic acpi=off, and without them. The IP address just does not arrive. While dhcpcd is running, ifconfig lists eth0 and lo, but no IP for eth0. Once dhcpcd timeouts, eth0 disappears from the list.

As netllama states, the forcedeth driver is probably too old. How old, I have no clue - I don't know how to find the version of the module bundled with the LiveCD. Do you have any memory of doing some other BIOS tweaks or boot parameters or whatnot to get dhcpcd receive an address?

My Linux skills are mediocre at best; would anyone know of a technique with which I could use a more recent version of forcedeth inside the LiveCD environment? I don't have an AMD64 system I could use to compile one. I could, however, probably sneak a compiled version in with a USB stick - if I had a compiled version.

EDIT: An informational tidbit regarding the forcedeth module: it appears that 2005.1-r1 has version 0.42. 0.46 is the latest version out at the moment. The module was refreshed due to this Gentoo bug. Tabanus, you used the 2005.1 media with v0.35, so our situations differ in that regard - but I can't imagine that the support would be worse in the newer version. And besides, I did try the x86 2005.1, and no IP was received by it either (nor with the Finnix livecd with its 2.6.14 kernel). Dammit
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lifeless,
As you noted, this board has some BIOS issues (the ACPI errors, the IRQ errors, etc). However, I'm not certain that they are causing your forcedeth problems. It seems more likely that using the latest forcedeth might help.

Another option is to try the nForce driver:
http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html

Also, is there a reason why you're using all of these parameters?
noapic nolapic nosmp nosata

If you don't use them, what is the result?

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Quote:
As you noted, this board has some BIOS issues (the ACPI errors, the IRQ errors, etc). However, I'm not certain that they are causing your forcedeth problems. It seems more likely that using the latest forcedeth might help.
Currently I'm looking into cross-compilation, i.e. using my x86 Gentoo box to compile the latest forcedeth into a binary that would run on the AMD64 livecd, but it's not exactly simple, with matching all the binutils, gcc, glibc etc. versions. I'm not at all sure I'll be able to pull it off. If only there were readily available, precompiled versions for AMD64 available somewhere.

Quote:
Another option is to try the nForce driver:
http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html
Is it even possible to install the driver in a LiveCD environment? I certainly don't know how.

Although... I might be able to compile it inside the chroot environment that the installation creates. It should have everything necessary. Then I'd just move it outside the chroot and try to modprobe it. Don't know if it'll work any better (or easier) than the cross-compilation, though.

Also, I have no idea what to do with the patch files here: http://www.colorfullife.com/~manfred...nel/forcedeth/. Which ones should I patch against which kernel version?

Quote:
Also, is there a reason why you're using all of these parameters?
noapic nolapic nosmp nosata

If you don't use them, what is the result?
The same, with the exception that loading HID takes longer than with noapic. As for the other parameters... well, I've seen them used in various problematic situations, so I'm giving them all a go for good measure. With SATA disabled in the BIOS, I get a clean bootup with no kernel parameters as well, so I don't have to use them currently. I just happened to try them the time I copied the boot message output. None of them have had any effect on the network card issue.


I guess you're correct about the driver version being the culprit, but I'm somewhat at a loss with how to get a newer version in the LiveCD environment.

EDIT: Thinking outside the box for a while; I'll just install another NIC in the machine and proceed with the installation that way. That oughta work
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For the forcedeth patches, you need to apply each in order, starting with the version that you've got in your kernel source.

I'm afraid that I don't know anything about Gentoo's live CDs, so I can't comment on what is or is not possible with respect to building & installing drivers.

Is there a reason why you're trying to do all of this from within the Live CD environment?

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Old 11-29-05, 01:41 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by netllama
Is there a reason why you're trying to do all of this from within the Live CD environment?
Because that's all the Linux I have right now. I don't have an existing installation. I'm trying to install Gentoo, and that is done via LiveCD.

After installing a separate network card, I booted and got an IP as planned, and I'm making good progress installing the system. If any more problems arise, they'll do so after I get around to rebooting the system after the initial configuration and kernel compilation. But problem solved - for now. I'll see what happens with SATA etc. afterwards.
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Sort of solved... the installation succeeded and at least textmode is working all right (I'll test X later on).

sata_nv works just fine (or at least doesn't cause a kernel panic anymore and it seems to be detected okay, I don't have any disks to really test it with), so does forcedeth after hand-patching it to version 0.46, which means I'm happily online and connected.

Thanks to tabanus and especially netllama for your kind assistance. The ACPI, USB, PNP, IRQ and whatever error messages remain, but I'll take them up with Asus as soon as I figure out where in their agonizingly slow monstrosity of a website to submit a report.

USB devices (mouse, USB stick) only work if I specify the kernel parameters noapic nolapic irqpoll, but I suppose that's the buggy BIOS again. If you think it could be a kernel-nforce430 compatibility issue instead, do tell . I don't think that the technical people at Asus participate in solving their users' problems anywhere near like the few nVidia folks here.
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