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Re: Mobo Intel DG965WH with Lenny or etch?

Hi, thanks for your answer.. , we are looking for another mobo :)

Lennart> On Sun, Oct 07, 2007 at 10:07:20AM -0500, Igor TAmara wrote:
Lennart> > Hi, I have an Intel DG965WH, I tried to use etch netinst and lenny
Lennart> > businesscard october 6 /2007, but both of them failed on the step of
Lennart> > CD recognition, it has two SATA HD drives, the DVD is connected
Lennart> > through IDE, the processor is an Intel core 2 Duo. It has 4 gigs of
Lennart> > RAM
Lennart> > 
Lennart> > The most annoying thing is that it boots really slow, it looks like
Lennart> > slow motion, the menus of the installation shows line per line
Lennart> > refreshing, like a 133mhz or worst.
Lennart> > 
Lennart> > Have anyone succesfully used this hardware? Any hints on booting the
Lennart> > installation or maybe testing the hardware to see if something is
Lennart> > broken?  Maybe software to test if everything is right?
Lennart> How much ram do you have installed?
Lennart> A number of BIOSes have very very serious bugs in their MTRR setup on
Lennart> intel chipsets lately, and if you have more than 3GB of ram, some memory
Lennart> may not be configured as cacheable, and since linux likes to use ram
Lennart> from the top down you end up with the kernel in uncacheable ram and
Lennart> hence very slow booting.  For many boards there are updated bioses to
Lennart> fix this mistake, but if there isn't yet you can tell the kernel at the
Lennart> boot command line that you have less ram than you actually have which
Lennart> will make it go much faster (since the small bit of uncached ram will
Lennart> not be used).  Since you have 4GB of ram this is quite likely your
Lennart> problem.  So check that you have the very latest BIOS version.  You can
Lennart> test for the problem by adding 'mem=3072M' or 2048M or whatever, and see
Lennart> if it boots faster.  If it does you can then grab the /proc/mtrr output
Lennart> as well as the dmesg output and post that to have someone check if the
Lennart> bios is making a mistake.
Lennart> A search on some forums seems to indicate that intel's 1705 bios does
Lennart> not fix it, and that people are going back to version 1669 to get a bios
Lennart> that does the right thing (who knows what it may break though).  There
Lennart> is a 1707 that I haven't found any info on yet, so maybe there is a
Lennart> small chance it fixes the problem.  Most other board makers have fixed
Lennart> this error by now (Asus and Gigabyte certainly have), while the kernel
Lennart> developers have had no luck what so ever convincing intel that they
Lennart> screwed up big time.
Lennart> There are attemps being made to make future kernels automatically
Lennart> disable any uncached ram if such a case occours again.
Lennart> AS for the DVD others seem to have pointed out that it uses an
Lennart> unsupported controller that needs the newer kernel so you can't help
Lennart> that with etch at all.
Lennart> --
Lennart> Len Sorensen
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