Re: [off-topic] BP6/HPT-366 problems? [Was: Dual athlon support?]

From: Scott Henry (
Date: Thu Aug 03 2000 - 13:13:47 EST

>>>>> "G" == Gregory Maxwell <> writes:

G> On Thu, 3 Aug 2000, Aleksandr Koltsoff wrote:
>> > BP6 is great as long as you forget about the broken onboard HPT366...
>> Ha, and I was wondering if I was the only one with the problems with
>> this setup.
>> So, what are the problems with the BP6 if anyone would care to explain?
>> Or rather, is there any way of increasing the stability of the setup?

G> Open case, remove BP6, chuck through window.

G> More usefully, it seems to be reasonably stable if you:

G> 1. Don't use X
G> 2. Don't use an AGP video card
G> 3. KEEP IT COOL (i.e. if the room isn't 72F put a fan on the BX)
G> 4. Upgrade the bios to the newest revision
G> 5. Don't overclock (duh)
G> 6. Don't use the HPT66 controler.

Hmmm, I have an early BP6. It has been fairly stable since I
upgraded to a recent BIOS (QQ-beta, haven't upgraded since). The
only unplanned (unexpected) downtime in the last couple of weeks was
probably due to the SMP PS/2 mouse bug I've heard about. I'm not
counting playing with some new USB and Ext3 code... The previous
unplanned/unexpected down time was the last time I tried to get my
sound card working.

I run X.
I use an AGP video card.
I put grease on the BX chip, but no fan.
I don't overclock (it's never worked even the slightest amount on this board).
I run 2 copies of setiathome constantly, at lowest priority.
The room has regularly been over 72F in the daytime.
I don't use the HPT366 controller (yet).
I do use the builtin IDE controller.
I use a USB trackball as my primary pointing device.
I have had uptimes of several weeks at a time, logged in to X the whole time.
I use a tulip-based NIC, and there is constant network traffic.

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