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Subjectprobable hardware bug: clock timer configuration lost
Hi there

I've got a small problem. Just installed kernel-2.4.9-ac12 on 5
identical boxes. They all use Asus A7A266 motherboards, with Tbirds
running at 1.2 GHz. A lspci gives:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Acer Laboratories Inc. [ALi]: Unknown device 1647
(rev 04)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Acer Laboratories Inc. [ALi] M5247
00:02.0 USB Controller: Acer Laboratories Inc. [ALi] M5237 USB (rev 03)
00:04.0 IDE interface: Acer Laboratories Inc. [ALi] M5229 IDE (rev c4)
00:06.0 USB Controller: Acer Laboratories Inc. [ALi] M5237 USB (rev 03)
00:07.0 ISA bridge: Acer Laboratories Inc. [ALi] M1533 PCI to ISA Bridge
[Aladdin IV]
00:09.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139
(rev 10)
00:0d.0 Multimedia audio controller: C-Media Electronics Inc CM8738 (rev
00:11.0 Bridge: Acer Laboratories Inc. [ALi] M7101 PMU
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation Vanta [NV6] (rev

The problem: especially when copying from a disk to another one (I have
cloned /dev/hda to /dev/hdc, testing both dd if=/dev/hda of=/dev/hdc and
cp -a /dev/hdaN /devc/hdcN) a get _a_lot_ of messages like this one:

probable hardware bug: clock timer configuration lost - probably a
VIA686a motherboard.
probable hardware bug: restoring chip configuration.

Is it dangerous ? Any way to get rid of this phenomemon (maintaining the

Manuel Wolfshant linux registered user #131416
network administrator NoBug Consulting Romania
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level of management.

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