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Old 06-02-2004, 03:31 AM   #1
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Mandrake 10.0 hangs with new Athlon XP 2400+


Hi everybody,

first, the problem:
I previously installed Mandrake 10.0 on my box, and it worked wonderfully, no problems at all.
Recently, however, I upgraded my box, but now, even after trying to reinstall Mandrake 10.0 a couple of times, I still getting weird hangs, sometimes during booting, sometimes during logging in, and sometimes while working on the console.
I can however make the system hang at will by fsck-ing any of my partitions, which at first made me think it was either a memory problem or a disk failure, or a (not likely) fsck bug...

Second, my HW:
I previously had an Athlon 1800, 256 Mb RAM, an MSI NForce2 Mobo, a Seagate 60Gig drive and a Liteon DVD drive.
(this configuration worked fine with Redhat 8.0, Windows 2000, as well as the first install I did of Mandrake 10.0)

This I have now upgraded to an Athlon XP 2400+, with 512Mb RAM.
I have run the prerequisite memtest on the new RAM, and also ran the Seatools diagnostics on the Seagate drive, there were no errors.

I have read the other threads in the forum, especially
"Mandrake 10 installation problems"
and it seems that a lot of people are having problems with the NForce2 chipset and the 2.6 kernel, which Mandrake 10.0 uses.

As a reference, I have an older copy of the UT2003 Gentoo bootable CD, which have already used extensively but this works fine, there are no problems, even with the new hardware.
This CD uses kernel 2.4, so the theory seems to hold up, *except* for the fact that the previous HW configuration used the same Nforce2 Mobo.

Are there other people with the same problem?
Is it a known problem?
Are there any fixes?

Thanks in advance for any and all replies!
 
Old 06-02-2004, 04:05 AM   #2
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MDK 10 hung up on me about every 10 miniutes, finnally got tired of it and went back to 9.2 for now. Gonna do some readin on this situation before I reinstall it. I run the same install, from the same iso's on my older P4 unit and ti runs like a dream. Seems to be an nforce2 issue for me.
 
Old 06-02-2004, 04:16 AM   #3
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My only problem with the nforce2 theory is that the install I did on my previous HW config (with the Athlon 1800) ran smooth, no problems.
So I would place my bets on a timing problem, but I am shooting in the dark here.
A friend suggested trying some more "defensive" clockspeeds, maybe running the 2400+ at 1800-like speeds.
I'll have to try it when I get home this afternoon.
 
Old 06-02-2004, 04:45 AM   #4
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Might this be the problem?
I saw an article on the heise.de online magazine site about Fedora Core 2 and other distros, including Mandrake 10, causing possible damage to the partition tables on harddrives.
Could this possibly be our problem?
The article can be found here: http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/47822
(it is in German though)
and a solution to this problem (in English) can be found here:
http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedor.../msg00908.html

Has anybody tried this out? I can only try this later today.
 
Old 06-03-2004, 06:10 PM   #5
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for your consideration...

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...130#post971130
 
  


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