Asus A8N-SLI issues
ohartman at mail.uni-mainz.de
Sun May 1 08:04:16 PDT 2005
Peter Korsten wrote:
> I've been using FreeBSD on and off since version 2.something, but only
> recently I got an Asus A8N-SLI (not the Deluxe version) and installed
> 5.3 on it, from the link you get from the download page.
> There's the ACPI freeze problem, and I've found some references that
> this will be solved at a later stage. Fair enough.
Can you obtain more specific informations? It is known that nForce4
based chipsets need the option NO_MIXED_MODE to be commented out in the
kernel config file! Also you have to define device atpic to make the
board properly work.
> The thing that I wonder about, though, is why the Ethernet port does not
> get recognised. This is not the same as in the Deluxe version, where I
> believe there is a different controller from the nForce4 chipset. Oddly
> enough, it does recognise the nForce4 Firewire controller and proposes
> to do TCP/IP over it. Could this be an issue of the 'firewall' hardware
> that this board comes with?
The Deluxe-version of this mainboard has an additional Marvel NIC
onboard in addition to the nVidia NIC. I guess the non-Deluxe version
has only the nForce4-inherent NIC and this NIC is not yet supported by
FBSD 5.4 but 6.0-CURRENT has a driver.
> X isn't doing a lot either, but I've never found it easy to set that up,
> so I'll look some more into it.
I run A8N-SLI Deluxe with a nVidia based 6600 chipset graphics card
without problems. There is no acceleration, so expect good 'brute force'
2D performance, but poor 3D performance (due to lack of suitable drivers
> The S-ATA disc is recognised as UDMA33, but at least it knows the
> correct size of the disc, contrary to some OS from Washington state that
> I could mention.
This is the same to me and it is due to the lack of a suitable driver.
The kernel does report the controller as a GENERIC type and 'recognizes'
the speed as UDMA33, but I do not know whether the hard disk is really
driven as a UDMA33 device or is in contrary to the kernel report driven
at full speed.
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