Erik Trulsson wrote:
On Thu, Dec 20, 2007 at 10:01:04AM -0700, At Home wrote:
I've got an extra Asus A7N8X-E mobo I'm trying to bring 6.2 up on.
  AMD 3200+, Barton
  2G PC-3200 rom, 1G OCZ and 1G Kingston valueram
  Seagate ES ST3250820NS Sata drives jumpered for 1.5GB only
  NVidia FX5600 AGP display adapter

I checked the archives and found comments about disabling ACPI, which I've done, but it still hangs at various points in the process of loading up the disk.

I've tried turning off the on-board SATA controller and using an Adaptec SATA controller with no improvement. I've also tried slowing the clock and a few other de-optimizations, to no avail.

Is this basically a bad idea, or is there some piece of the puzzle I'm missing? Any help would be much appreciated.

Checking the specifications of that motherboard, there is nothing obvious
that should prevent it from working with FreeBSD.

If the process stops at different places each time, then it sounds like
bad hardware.
The kind of hardware problems that most often give "strange" errors are:
a) Bad RAM.  Check your memory with memtest86 (or equivalent.)  Try removing
   one of the memory sticks at a time.
b) Bad power supply.  Try another if you have one.
c) Overheating of some component.  Make sure you have adequate cooling of
   the system.

You could also try updating the BIOS, in case some bugs have been fixed in a
later version.  Problems with ACPI are almost always due to bugs in the BIOS.

Aloha Gary,

I agree with the hardware diagnosis.

I have an ASUS A8N-VM CSM mobo running FreeBSD 7.*
There are still unreliable on board hardware issues with my board so it is only used for receiving email and as a desktop.
No on line work that matters.

It did not like FreeBSD 6.1 when I tried to load it as the OS. So I tried 7 and it at least worked. This may work for you.

I just loaded FreeBSD 8.* onto a Winfast mobo to try out on a box I made and it was smooth going. The developers have come a long way with aFreeBSD since I started using 3.* many years ago.

~Al Plant - Honolulu, Hawaii -  Phone:  808-284-2740
 +   - Supporting - FreeBSD 6.* - 7.* +
"All that's really worth doing is what we do for others."- Lewis Carrol

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