Derek Ragona wrote:
The halt could be anything from bad RAM, or other IRQ issues. This begs
the question as to why this board is not in use?
You should be able to update the BIOS from a floppy or cd-rom boot
disk. You can take your pick at bootdisk.org
The general rule with ram is you can run faster ram than you need, just
usually wastes money that faster RAM costs. But speed isn't the only
issue with ram, some are ECC or non-ECC, plus the CAS timing can be
different. So your RAM while it seems to work,may not be quite right.
At 03:27 PM 6/14/2006, Garrett Cooper wrote:
Derek Ragona wrote:
IF you can find the documentation for the motherboard, see if there
is a reset jumper. That jumper should reset the BIOS to factory
defaults to allow it to get through the post and into setup. Some
motherboards actually take you into setup with the jumper moved to
reset bad configurations.
Also, unplug any cards and drives, leave the system board with just
ram and cpu and video (unless it is built in) until you get it
At 12:11 AM 6/14/2006, Garrett Cooper wrote:
Hello again all,
I know this isn't a FreeBSD question really, but I just
started up a motherboard with onboard SCSI (Adaptec AIC-7896), and
for some odd reason it freezes pre-POST before it attempts to boot
and there isn't any way where I can get into the BIOS to change the
settings it seems. Does anyone know how I can maybe disable the
onboard SCSI controller since it appears to hang while detecting disks?
Thanks a million!
Thanks all for the help. It turns out after a bit of
researching and seeing some numbers on boot, I was able to find the
documentation for the motherboard. It's an L440GX+ motherboard which
does appear to still work properly, but here's the clincher. I read
that the processors I have installed are compatible (2xP3 600E CPUs),
_but_ only if the BIOS is updated past a particular version and I
don't know if that is true or not. Plus I don't know what is causing
the thing to halt because it appears to work on occasion--got the
system to boot once but halted it since I couldn't get into the BIOS
and change the settings. I cleared the CMOS--both by setting the
jumper and removing the battery, and all it appears to have done
superficially is make the original splash screen come up during boot.
So, my question is has anyone experienced anything like this
and if so how did you solve this problem, or does anyone know how to
fix this situation apart from (maybe) installing Windows and updating
the BIOS with a different processor?
Also, I have a horde of PC133 SD RAM and only one stick of
PC100 RAM, which doesn't appear to work in the motherboard, and the
motherboard is rated to _only_ support PC100 SD RAM. Is it all right
for me to use RAM which is rated 33MHz faster than recommended? I
think it's possible with some motherboards but I'm not sure about this
Thanks again for all your help guys :).
Thanks for your concerns. Supposedly when I received it last year in a
trade, this motherboard was a spare that was not used by the owner
because I don't think he had a reason to use the antique hardware. The
thing is that I need a replacement motherboard with working IRQ/PCI
slots because my previous motherboard (Tualatin ECS board) may have been
partially fried thanks to a bad PSU and a series of SCSI hard drives
drawing too much current within the case. Needless to say I fixed the
PSU issue, but the issue with the original motherboard still may linger on.
I'll see about using a BIOS flash boot disk, but there is a list of
procedures that Intel gives on their website, which seems to involve
Windows a bit more extensively than I originally thought.
Thanks again about the RAM part. I know that mixing and matching is the
only no-no in RAM-land, but other than that the motherboard says it
supports both flavors--either ECC or non-ECC.
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