[clug] Nightmare that is NForce2 on Linux

Rohan Mitchell rohan.mitchell at linuxmail.org
Tue Jan 13 14:59:08 GMT 2004

I have an abit nf7-s mobo, which runs the nforce v2.0 chipset, and havnt had any problems running linux on it (debian running kernel 2.4.22). The linux or asus forums at www.nforcershq.com would be a good place to look for a possible solution.

Hope this helps,

> Message: 9
> Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2004 17:01:11 +1100
> From: Darren Freeman <daz111 at rsphysse.anu.edu.au>
> Subject: [clug] Nightmare that is NForce2 on Linux
> To: linux at samba.org
> Message-ID: <1073973671.18185.49.camel at stealth.anu.edu.au>
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> Dear List,
> I just sent my server back to the computer shop for a new motherboard,
> only to find that the symptoms go away under XP.
> Motherboard is an Asus A7N8X Deluxe (NForce2).
> The main problem is if you do something silly like copy a partition to a
> second drive (such as with dd), you lock the machine after a couple of
> seconds. Onboard IDE controllers, master to master. I have gotten plenty
> of kernel messages about unexpected interrupts before, and I suspect
> that I'm generating lots of them when I do heavy I/O. Also using the
> onboard LAN ports does the same thing but I just ended up with PCI
> cards.
> The problem gets worse over time, once upon a time it didn't happen at
> all. So I suspect it's a real hardware problem that XP handles more
> gracefully than Linux (2.4.22). Convincing the shop to swap motherboards
> will be tricky since Linux is going to be the culprit in their eyes.
> The binary-only drivers are a real turn-off too.
> Anybody else had one of these mobos running Linux? They're supposed to
> be the best Athlon motherboard you can get for your typical desktop
> machine. But I'm about to recommend that nobody ever try to run Linux on
> them. I can't access four of my six USB ports and they lock the machine
> with a burner attached. Fortunately IEEE-1394 works perfectly.
> Have fun,
> Darren

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