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Old 06-21-2004, 03:55 PM   #1
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Crash under load on 865PE with ICH5R

Kerlen reports no errors, but whole system just freezes, no matter if i'm in X or not. It seems to me that the system crashes under heavier HDD load, but I do not seem to trace it down to any of the drivers.

* Abit IS-7 with P4 2.8 prescott, 512Mb ram, ICH5R ide controller (2 PATA, 2 SATA)
* SiI0680 PCI PATA (2 ports) add-on card
* SiI3112 PCI SATA (2 ports) add-on card
* ATI Radeon9600
* onboard RTLsomething 100Mbit ethernet
* 3com boomerang 100Mbit ethernet
7 hard drives
* 2x60Gb in RAID0 sitting on SiI0680 PATA ports
* 4x200Gb sitting on SiI3112 and ICH5 SATA ports
* 1x160Gb sitting on ICH5 PATA port

I tried both SMP (for HT) enabled and disabled - still crashes.

3 of the 200Gb hard drives are with PATA->SATA convertor boards from ViPower.

The system lock-ups cannot be reproduced, however they always occur when I am transfering alot of data between the drives.

I first thought that the crashes occur in the SiI drivers, but it seems that the system still crashes with those cards removed and running just on-board PATA and SATA. The system did not seem to crash with just PATA drives connected, though (or maybe I did not manage to load it enough to crash...)
So my impression is that libata drivers ata_piix crash with SATA this case only option I see is to add another PCI SATA card (probably another SiI product, cause cannot get any other over here)...

Has anyone experienced problem like this? Is the ICH5R SATA driver buggy? Or maybe someone has experienced similar problems with SiI drivers? (I think it is SiI which causes crash - I had the same SiI0680 card in my old P3 550Mhz box for year without a single glitch).

Old 07-01-2004, 09:46 PM   #2
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I have similar problem with you regarding libata linux driver. My box has 160GB Maxtor SATA, 875P with ICH5 SATA support. My system crashes frequently with similar behaviour with you. I am not sure either what's the solution for this. Anyone have the solution?
Old 07-01-2004, 09:54 PM   #3
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Is your CPU getting proper cooling? Machines do freeze when the CPU gets too hot, and it gets to hot when it has an intensive task like hard drive defragging or compiling.
Old 07-02-2004, 01:15 AM   #4
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Welcome to LQ, jEECHA. Certainly the behavior you describe could be due to a buggy driver, but I would also look at other external factors as well, as LavaDevil94 suggested. A CPU that gets baked could definitely cause a lockup, same deal if your RAM froze up. Are you using dissimilar sticks of RAM in the machine, or have you tested the RAM using a tool such as memtest86? That may not turn out to be the cause, but the more things you can eliminate from consideration, the closer you'll be to a solution. Good luck with it. -- J.W.
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CPU is not overclocked and I have run CPU intensive tasks for a while without any lock-ups - 1 hour of 100% GCC CPU usage never caused any trouble on this box. I have one Kingston DDR400 512Mb stick (did not have cash to get two of them, but will some day

I have run the box without crash for a week now, however - I compiled the ICH5 SATA drivers as a module, and left only one drive on the onboard SATA.

BTW, I started to wonder that maybe the PSU was the cause - I have 525W PSU and I wonder if that is enough to run 7 HDD drives and P4 CPU...
Old 07-06-2004, 02:36 PM   #6
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Does this happen only when you are moving files between the drives?

I have an IS7-G and a single seagate sata. I'm looking to install (probably suse 9.1) on it, and would prefer to not have any problems.
Old 07-06-2004, 03:30 PM   #7
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It is quite hard to tell, since lock-ups are quite unpredictable and cannot be easily repeated.

At the moment I have only 1 drive on mobo's SATA controlloer and I havent had a crash for 5 days now...

I usually have some disk load on system (some FTP and P2P traffic), and crashes usually happened when I caused more load by moving files around, or transfering them to my other box.
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Silicon Image controllers are buggy. Try adding noapic to the bootloader.


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