BTX loader crash on AM2 Asus M2N32 WS mainboard

Remko Lodder remko at
Fri Nov 30 10:41:58 PST 2007

Andre Oppermann wrote:
> Andrey V. Elsukov wrote:
>> Andre Oppermann wrote:
>>> The BTX loader crashes on a brand new AM2 Asus M2N32 WS
>>> Professional mainboard with nForce790 SLI chipset.  The CPU is AMD
>> Hm.. I think it's nForce 590.
> Indeed.
>>> Athlon 64 X2 4800+.  The system has got an Areca ARC-1220 8-port
>>> PCI-E SATA2 RAID controller, a Intel PCI-X Pro/1000MT NIC and an
>>> ATI RV370 based graphics card (Asus EAX1050&TD/256M, PCI-E). RAM is
>>>  upped to 8GB in 4 times 2GB of Kingston KVR667D2N5/2G (DDR2-667,
>>> CL5).
>>> Any suggestions and help appreciated.
>> Ok. I have the same motherboard and i think your CD drive connected
>> to the integrated Marvell 88SE6141 controller's port.
> Yes, the CDROM was connected to the Marvell based PATA port.
>> It's not supported by the our ATA driver yet. Try to reconnect your
>> CD drive to the NVIDIA controller's port.
> That should not make a difference as the kernel isn't yet loaded.
> It's all within the loader operating through BIOS calls (?).
> It looks like the Marvell ATA BIOS upsets the loader when booting
> from one its drives.
> When reconnecting the CDROM to the nForce based PATA port the loader
> doesn't crash anymore and the kernel begins to boot until this:
> atapci0: <nVidia nForce MCP55 UDMA133 controller> port
> 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6,0x170-0x177, 0x376,0xf400-0xf40f at device 12.0 on pci0
> ata0: <ATA channel 0> on atapci0
> ata0: [ITHREAD]
> ata1: <ATA channel 1> on atapci0
> ata1: [ITHREAD]
> ...
> acd0: DVDR <PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-103/2.00> at ata0-master PIO4
> ...
> acd0: FAILURE - READ_BIG MEDIUM ERROR asc=0x11 ascq=0x06
> GEOM_LABEL: Label for provider acd0 is iso9660/FreeBSD_Install.
> acd0: FAILURE - READ_BIG MEDIUM ERROR asc=0x11 ascq=0x06
> then it just hangs (not hard though)...  Have tried it with two
> different CDROM drivers from different makers with identical results
> (the other drive is a plain Toshiba DVDROM).  Image is FreeBSD 7.0BETA3
> AMD64 burned to a CD-R. Exactly the same problem with BETA3 i386.
> FreeBSD 6.2R i386 boots into the installer successfully.

I have to admit that on the Other Operating System out there (and it's
not Linux ;-)) I have a problem with the ATA controller as well, when I
play a DVD on the device, it will stop after using it 10 minutes and I
have the same motherboard as you have.

I'll have a look what happends when I try the install CD for 7.x in both
a SATA port as the ATA port so that we can ruleout what happends.


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