Hard lock problems - SATA/NVIDIA/Hyperthread problem?
I've been trying to solve this problem for many months now. I've tried Debian, Fedora, and now I'm on Slackware (wich I'm really enjoying). The problem is that when I do a fresh install of a distro, things are fine - but once I'm done recompiling my kernel to include SATA support, the changes required for hyperthreading, and install NVIDIA's driver for my video card - the computer becomes unstable. It is hard to say which one is the problem because the lockups happen quite rarely - like every couple of days, and I don't have to be using the computer for it to happen, nor does it have to have an X session going.
Right now I'm on kernel 2.6.7, but other versions of 2.6 had the issue, and unfortunately I can't really fall back to 2.4 because of features I need.
Basically I feel it may be a problem with SATA support, and possibly its interaction with hyperthreading. I can actually trigger a lock by copying many gigs worth of files from any of my drives to my sata drive. I'm not sure that is the only problem though, as the computer also seems to hard lock when there are no transfers at all.
Does anyone know of documented problems with SATA and hyperthreading? ...or combinations of this with the NVIDIA driver (not nv - I mean the one from NVIDIA's site).
I'll probably try to strip down my kernel now and see if that helps. I know hyperthreading isn't "all that" but I'd be a little disappointed if I couldn't use it - but I'll give it a shot without it. All of these things are working well together under windows 2k - but I just don't like windows software so I'd be pretty sad if I had to stick to that. My only complaint about linux is that while I think it is far superior, it just takes a lot of effort to get everything 'just right'.
If there is any info I can post that might help, let me know.