I have an A7N8X-E Deluxe, and have used it with 5.2.1-RELEASE-p9 and now
5.3 beta3. The issues I've read about with Asus mobos have been with
the VIA chipset, which isn't on these boards, and also with ACPI - I
have it disabled in BIOS and in the kernel.

Yea, that is the exact same board I have. I thought the main problem was with the nforce2 chipset...

I tried the "Boot with ACPI disabled" choice from the bootloader, but
that one hung during the boot also... I did not try disabling ACPI in
the BIOS, but I will give that a try.

Recently I found out that I can make the system boot
4.10-stable by disabling firewire in the kernel. Otherwise
it freezes up while booting.

I didn't need to do that, but I don't have any firewire devices, so when I create a custom kernel I end up commenting that out, but it boots even in GENERIC for me. Do you remember if there was a specific error message? What's on the screen when it freezes, like what line of text is last?

There is a thread on -stable where I posted the boot messages. Here is one ... http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-stable/2004-May/007428.html

> Can I create a 5.3 cd myself from my 4.10 system?
>   (one without firewire, for instance...)

Er ... no, but you can download ISOs for 5.3 from the fbsd site.

Wait ... what do you mean? You can pull the sources and create your own CDs, but you can't use the 4.10 source to make a 5.3 system.

Well... my thought was to set up a 2nd src directory and cvsup to RELENG_5_3 so I could build a 5.3 system and then create my own iso using a customized kernel without firewire. I just am not sure I can do all of that while running on a 4.10 system...

Thanks for your time.

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