Re: VIA chipset

From: grouch (
Date: Mon Oct 15 2001 - 15:31:44 EST

On Mon, 15 Oct 2001, Mark Hahn wrote:

>> RAM is cheap :). BIOS is the latest available from Tyan for this board.
>I meant to imply that such hardware was not originally designed for
>lots of memory (or rather, when it was designed and tested, "lots"
>meant something quite different!)

Maximum RAM for the motherboard is 768MB; it has 3 168 pin DIMM sockets.

>> That's an interesting point. This thing does not like 80 conductor
>> cables at all.
>that can only mean that the driver is correctly sensing whether
>you have 40 or 80, and limiting speed with 40 to udma33, and that
>the lower speed doesn't provoke as much trouble.

The motherboard supports only up to UDMA 33 which, IIUC, does not
require 80 conductor cables. The board shipped with a 40 conductor cable
when new. I only tried an 80 to try to cover all bases.

>I don't remember whether I asked this or not, but are you sure
>of your clocks? ie, not overclocking, and have agp at 66,
>pci at 33?

CPU bus speed is at 100 MHz, memory is at 100 MHz, PCI is at 33 MHz, AGP
is unused.

>personally, I don't see any real point to using obsolete 2.2 kernels;
>I'd rather figure out how to make it work with a modern kernel.
>I acknowlege that other people may have different priorities ;)

This is the first PC I've been unable to get to be stable using Linux.
Up until about 2 months ago this system was used by a Windows user
(maybe some of his lockups were not due to windows?). I have two
machines running 2.2 kernels and three running 2.4 kernels constantly,
with another machine that dual boots with a 2.4 kernel.

>I have a K6-2/300 with a via board that works perfectly
>with 2.4.something (probably around 9). I think it's doing some
>reasonable udma mode, as well, though not with a DTLA.

The stable machine that runs the same brand and model motherboard as the
one that is causing troubles is running 2.4.5. It has a WDC
WD400BB-00AUA1 hard drive as hda and an ASUS CD-S400/A 40x cd as hdb. I
started testing by duplicating as much as possible from the setup of the
stable machine.

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