Recently installed an ASUS A7V (w/ AMD 800 TB) and experienced
intermittent problems with PCI devices. The board I have does NOT have
onboard sound, and I am not using the ATA100 controller. The first
thing I noticed was my NIC in PCI slot 3 was not recognized. I replaced
it, thinking the NIC might be bad and that SEEMED to be the case.
Eventually, the second NIC went unrecognized, so I changed PCI slots.
Once again, everything was fine.
I then installed a sound card in PCI slot 3 and it worked fine, for a
time. Eventually, the sound card was no longer recognized. I moved it
to another PCI slot, and everything seemed fine. I assumed that PCI
slot 3 was bad. However, I had also been experiencing problems with my
SCSI CDROM. It was attached to the secondary channel on my Adaptec 2940
UW. For example, upon booting RH 6.2 from the SCSI CDROM everything
went fine until I was asked to "place the RedHat CD in your drive" (or
something like that), at which point Linux no longer recognized the CD.
This occurred a couple of times, so I eventually bought another IDE
CDROM and installed it. Then, I once tried to mount the SCSI CDROM and
discovered Linux didn't see it. Rebooted the system and all was fine.
I'm not sure if I have some faulty hardware here, or whether it's a
problem with the VIA southbrige controller. I hope it's the former, but
I fear it may be the latter. I've returned the MB for replacement, so
I'll know soon. Anyone experience similar problems with this type of
system? Any long-term, rock-solid success stories out there?
Other components: SB Live Value; ASUS Geforce DDR; 3COM 3C905B; Yamaha
16x4x4 CDRW; ASUS 50x IDE CDROM; 128 MB PC100 SDRAM ECC.