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Old 03-03-2006, 11:15 AM   #1
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ASUS installation problem

Unfortunately this question was already posted in the Red Hat forum earlier today, before I realised that there was a seperate Fedora forum.

This is a query on what seems to be a known problem but one that I have not been able to find the solution. The difficulty is installing Fedora Core 4 on an ASUS P4P800-VM, during which the installation never gets past trying to disable IRQ11. I have tried disabling the USB ports and adding various options to the linux installation command(i.e. acpi=off, noprobe and noirqdebug=1) but without any success.

Is there a resolution to this difficulty or should I change to a different version of linux?

Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old 03-03-2006, 01:27 PM   #2
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I first saw your post in the Red Hat forum, and I did reply.

Check and see if the BIOS has an update, I posted the link in my other reply.
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Thank you for your response and my apologies for the confusion.

Rather than face the risks of something going wrong while updating the BIOS I decided that I would first try restoring the default values, even though I had not made any BIOS changes. Fortunately, this seems to have made a big difference as the installer now runs normally, i.e. quickly goes to the check media screen and then on to the main installation.

As far as I can see there were five changes made to the BIOS as a result of restoring the default values, as follows:

1. boot order
2. disable onboard MIDI
3. disable PnP operating system
4. reduce video memory to 8MB from 32MB
5. enhanced IDE configuration to S-ATA from P-ATA

I would be interested in any comments that you may have on which of these may be the most likely source of the problem. It seems to me that 1 or 4 are the least likely contenders.

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You might also check the "IDE onboard operating mode." If it's set to "enhanced," you can get problems with IRQ mapping. (The setting is in the IDE configuration submenu of the main menu.)

Edit: Actually, I think that's your item 5, where it was (re)set to enhanced only for the serial ATA drives.

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Old 03-10-2006, 12:10 PM   #5
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Thank you for your message.

The system seems to be working properly after completion of the installation. The actual text and it's corresponding setting in the BIOS that you referred to are as follows:

Enhanced Mode Support On : [S-ATA]

Thanks again to you both for responding.

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