Making a L440GX+ work (was "Trying to revive a server...
AIC-7896 freezes pre-POST completion")
youshi10 at u.washington.edu
Wed Jun 14 22:18:36 UTC 2006
Derek Ragona wrote:
> The halt could be anything from bad RAM, or other IRQ issues. This begs
> the question as to why this board is not in use?
> You should be able to update the BIOS from a floppy or cd-rom boot
> disk. You can take your pick at bootdisk.org
> The general rule with ram is you can run faster ram than you need, just
> usually wastes money that faster RAM costs. But speed isn't the only
> issue with ram, some are ECC or non-ECC, plus the CAS timing can be
> different. So your RAM while it seems to work,may not be quite right.
> At 03:27 PM 6/14/2006, Garrett Cooper wrote:
>> Derek Ragona wrote:
>>> IF you can find the documentation for the motherboard, see if there
>>> is a reset jumper. That jumper should reset the BIOS to factory
>>> defaults to allow it to get through the post and into setup. Some
>>> motherboards actually take you into setup with the jumper moved to
>>> reset bad configurations.
>>> Also, unplug any cards and drives, leave the system board with just
>>> ram and cpu and video (unless it is built in) until you get it
>>> At 12:11 AM 6/14/2006, Garrett Cooper wrote:
>>>> Hello again all,
>>>> I know this isn't a FreeBSD question really, but I just
>>>> started up a motherboard with onboard SCSI (Adaptec AIC-7896), and
>>>> for some odd reason it freezes pre-POST before it attempts to boot
>>>> and there isn't any way where I can get into the BIOS to change the
>>>> settings it seems. Does anyone know how I can maybe disable the
>>>> onboard SCSI controller since it appears to hang while detecting disks?
>>>> Thanks a million!
>> Thanks all for the help. It turns out after a bit of
>> researching and seeing some numbers on boot, I was able to find the
>> documentation for the motherboard. It's an L440GX+ motherboard which
>> does appear to still work properly, but here's the clincher. I read
>> that the processors I have installed are compatible (2xP3 600E CPUs),
>> _but_ only if the BIOS is updated past a particular version and I
>> don't know if that is true or not. Plus I don't know what is causing
>> the thing to halt because it appears to work on occasion--got the
>> system to boot once but halted it since I couldn't get into the BIOS
>> and change the settings. I cleared the CMOS--both by setting the
>> jumper and removing the battery, and all it appears to have done
>> superficially is make the original splash screen come up during boot.
>> So, my question is has anyone experienced anything like this
>> and if so how did you solve this problem, or does anyone know how to
>> fix this situation apart from (maybe) installing Windows and updating
>> the BIOS with a different processor?
>> Also, I have a horde of PC133 SD RAM and only one stick of
>> PC100 RAM, which doesn't appear to work in the motherboard, and the
>> motherboard is rated to _only_ support PC100 SD RAM. Is it all right
>> for me to use RAM which is rated 33MHz faster than recommended? I
>> think it's possible with some motherboards but I'm not sure about this
>> Thanks again for all your help guys :).
Thanks for your concerns. Supposedly when I received it last year in a
trade, this motherboard was a spare that was not used by the owner
because I don't think he had a reason to use the antique hardware. The
thing is that I need a replacement motherboard with working IRQ/PCI
slots because my previous motherboard (Tualatin ECS board) may have been
partially fried thanks to a bad PSU and a series of SCSI hard drives
drawing too much current within the case. Needless to say I fixed the
PSU issue, but the issue with the original motherboard still may linger on.
I'll see about using a BIOS flash boot disk, but there is a list of
procedures that Intel gives on their website, which seems to involve
Windows a bit more extensively than I originally thought.
Thanks again about the RAM part. I know that mixing and matching is the
only no-no in RAM-land, but other than that the motherboard says it
supports both flavors--either ECC or non-ECC.
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