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SubjectRe: Linux 2.4.22-pre2 and AthlonMP
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On Sun, 2003-06-29 at 00:17, Alan Cox wrote:
> On Sad, 2003-06-28 at 23:50, Edward Tandi wrote:
> > > > using option 'pci=noacpi' or even 'acpi=off'
> > > > Jun 28 18:27:46 machine kernel: BIOS failed to enable PCI standards
> > > > compliance, fixing this error.
> > >
> > > Start by upgrading to their current BIOS
> >
> > Believe or not, it _is_ the latest bios for that board
> > (Tyan S2460 BIOS v1.05, 2nd Jan 2003).
>
> Then I guess you have a problem. We try and fix up BIOS problems but there
> is a limit to what we can do, and if it has problems like the one that is
> logged I'd be worried what else it might do - eg I suspect Nvidia 4x AGP cards
> aren't too solid on it.

It does have an AGP NVidia card in it. I'm using the standard XFree
drivers with it at the moment but I have played UT on it for hours
before (using NVidia drivers) without problems. It might be an AGP x2
card though. The computer is now mostly a back-end server and I haven't
really pushed it on the graphics side recently.

Could the problem be caused by some BIOS setting? I could spend some
time looking at them.

> The APIC errors also suggest something isn't happy at all at the hardware
> layer. Are you using MP processors ?

Yes, MP processors. This is not a new machine, It has been running quite
nicely for nearly two years. There have been some kernel releases in the
past that have shown some instability, but I can usually find a fairly
recent version and tweak the kernel-build settings so that it becomes
stable.

The version running prior to this one was 2.4.21-rc3. This version
allowed me to specify noapic.

Ed-T.

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