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Created On: 01/31/2006 06:27 AM
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 01/31/2006 06:27 AM
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I recently build 2 systems

System 1

MSI k8n platinum Nforce 4
AMD 64 XP 3200
2* 512 MB ram
Samsung 200 GB SATA2
WinXP 64 and Mandriva 2006 PP

The computers booting process is like a lottery when i cold boot ( start computer after a nights rest).
Warmbooting is nearly impossible.

The problem is like this:
1. I hit the power button and somtimes in POST the memory count starts and if the memory count starts the computer boots up.
Up and running it's stable as a rock and can run 24/7 with no hazzle.
2. If windows needs a reboot or if i wan't to reboot to windows/mandriva i never starts until the computer is cold GOTO 1.
I tryed with a lot of stuff.
Tryed wit almost everything disconnected. Changed place on memory modules. Pick one of them out and try wit one module and somtimes it starts and somtimes it don't.

System 2

Asus A8NE Bios v 10.1
AMD 64 xp 3200
1GB module
Asus ATI X700
160 GB maxtor SATA

It's impossible to install Linux on this machine
If i try to install Mandiva 2006 PP 64 it hang after i clicked on licens
32 bit Mandriva 2006 PP result in an error because it's wrong type of CPU

Win XP pro 64 take extremly long time to start and is not working at all
It works fairly with 32 bit Win XP pro.

Any suggestions?
Is it time to switch over to intel again after 50 desktops with AMD.
My rep as a computer builder is decreasing rapidly now and i need help here.

 01/31/2006 07:56 AM
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System 2:-
I have no experience of Linux so I'll give that one a miss.

System 1:-
Can you disable the memory test in BIOS ?
You could also try a cold boot, let it warnm up, try a warm boot to confirm it won't warm boot again and then quickly swap memory with some cold sticks & see if it will warm boot with cold memory.

Also, I'm no expert on memory, but you don't give full details of yours. What is it? is it on the compatable list? did you do a memory test with those sticks? can you put that memory in another machine & see what happens?


 01/31/2006 11:41 AM
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Nice Andy.
Tnx for the tip

I'll try it this week when i visit the owner.

He's real p***ed now.
I builded he's last computer 3 years ago and that machine have runned rock stable all time with Athlon and nForce so i got the job to compose this one for him and nothing works.

About system 2
I have read there is issues about maxtor (SATA) and AMD 64/Nforce

It almost works with a IDE as master but i have not found any work around to use only SATA.
 02/08/2006 10:25 PM
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If the computer keeps rebooting like that, then you might have a bad stick of RAM in there. Try memtest86 and let it run for about 3-4 hours. I recommend testing one stick at a time. If you get any errors, chances are you need to either throw that stick out or replace it.

I don't know much about linux either, but I imagine there's some info on one of the driver forums out there. See if google can provide you with a driver fix.

Hope all this helps.

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