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Old 06-27-2004, 11:23 AM   #1
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Question My new computer freezes quite a lot.. can someone help?


Well, I put a new computer together, and I love it, fast, awsome vid card, I love everything except the freezes, most of the time when im loading a map or level in a game. When I put the hardware together, I made sure everything was 100% IBM compatible with eachother. When I have to do a hard reboot, and when mandrake 9.2 checks the harddrive for mistakes, or something, it usually locks there too.

Is this a problem I can solve with a piece of software, or in BIOS maybe? Thanks for any tips.
 
Old 06-27-2004, 11:25 AM   #2
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My 2 cents:

If you're using an nForce motherboard chipset (or nForce2), you should boot with the noapic and nolapic options (that I've read elsewhere and applied successfully on a different box). If it's not that, but you have a Radeon card, then apparently the newer Radeons have problems with the 2.6 kernel (if you're using it).
 
Old 06-27-2004, 12:30 PM   #3
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I am using an nforce motherboard, cool. Ill check it out. what are these noapic things though, and where in the BIOS can I find em?

Last edited by Fear58; 06-27-2004 at 12:31 PM.
 
Old 06-27-2004, 12:39 PM   #4
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Righty, so that must be the problem. You have to edit the /etc/lilo.conf file (see man lilo.conf for extensive and not-quite-needed-yet info ;-). In your linux boot images, you'll have this line:

append="foo bar xyz

add "nolapic noapic" in that line, to look like this:

append="foo bar xyz noapic nolapic"

Or at least I think that's how it should look . Then run lilo (type "lilo" as the root user in the shell), and if you get no errors, reboot your system and choose the image which you fixed!

Hope it helps
 
Old 06-27-2004, 01:04 PM   #5
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My append line doesnt look like that. Here it is:

boot=/dev/hda
map=/boot/map
default="linux"
keytable=/boot/us.klt
prompt
nowarn
timeout=100
message=/boot/message
menu-scheme=wb:bw:wb:bw
image=/boot/vmlinuz
label="linux"
root=/dev/hda6
initrd=/boot/initrd.img
append="devfs=mount acpi=ht splash=silent"
vga=788
read-only
image=/boot/vmlinuz
label="linux-nonfb"
root=/dev/hda6
initrd=/boot/initrd.img
append="devfs=mount acpi=ht"
read-only
image=/boot/vmlinuz
label="failsafe"
root=/dev/hda6
initrd=/boot/initrd.img
append="devfs=nomount acpi=ht failsafe"
read-only
other=/dev/hda1
label="windows"
table=/dev/hda
other=/dev/fd0
label="floppy"
unsafe

Which line do i edit in my lilo.conf?
 
Old 06-27-2004, 01:21 PM   #6
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label="linux"
root=/dev/hda6
initrd=/boot/initrd.img
append="devfs=mount acpi=ht splash=silent"
vga=788
read-only
image=/boot/vmlinuz

This defines the boot image called "linux". Just add "noapic nolapic" to append, so it looks like this:
append="devfs=mount acpi=ht splash=silent noapic nolapic"

After running lilo and booting from that image, there should be no more freezes. These parameters need to be added to any other boot image you'd like to boot later (just add these two parameters to the append lines).
 
Old 06-27-2004, 02:57 PM   #7
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hmm... didnt seem to work, still expieriencing same effects I edited the line conrrectly.
 
Old 06-27-2004, 03:02 PM   #8
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Did you load the nforce driver? Can make a HUGE difference.

Mike
 
Old 06-27-2004, 03:13 PM   #9
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the motherboard driver? where can i get this? I dont think cd loads in linux that came with motherboard
 
  


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