Making a L440GX+ work (was "Trying to revive a server...
AIC-7896 freezes pre-POST completion")
youshi10 at u.washington.edu
Wed Jun 14 22:19:57 UTC 2006
Garrett Cooper wrote:
> 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
>>>>> 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 one.
>>> 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.
Also, I have nothing plugged in (never did) and was strictly using the
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