Not sure if this is an apposite list, but found this thread ....
apologise in advance.
I just built a similar dual AMD machine tonight and it also has
issues....... never used any AMD stuff before so venturing into new turf.
Tyan S2460 - motherboard sticker says "C", BIOS rev 1.03
2 x Athlon MP 2000+ (1666 MHz) - retail packaged, AMD clip-on heatsinks
1Gb PC2100 ECC registered memory (2 x 512Mb DIMMs, Kingston branded)
Red Hat 7.2 but downloaded and built 2.4.19, configured for SMP, Athlon
Single IDE drives, no RAID or stuff like that
Tekram DC390 (8 bit SCSI)
3Com Cyclone 3C905
D-Link DE-590TX (??) - uses ne2k-pci driver, has worked since early
2.0.x and probably before
ATI Rage 3D Pro (AGP 2x)
Big Antec case with a ton of fans :-)
1. When I first put it together, it would consistenly run OK for a
period of 4-5 minutes, quite precisely - no less than 4, no more than 5
and then just lock up HARD - no Ctrl-Alt-Del, no kernel panics, nothing.
Once or twice it seemed like it stuttered - as if the load was like
10.00 or higher, the keystroke echo would take 2-3 seconds.
2. First try - I pulled the Tekram (it's ancient and has bootable BIOS)
- no difference
3. Tried some BIOS settings (e.g. SMP 1.1 mode) - it DOES NOT like this;
any BIOS changes AT ALL (even seemingly harmless ones like Num Lock)
appear to mess it up totally, and LILO hangs at "LI" when trying to
start. Restored factory defaults.
4. Then I noticed that the CPU1 heatsink was quite warm (maybe 70C
feeling around the thick bit of the aluminium) whereas CPU0 heatsink is
just above room temp.
5. Checking the Winbond monitoring in the BIOS** menu, it comes up
showing both CPU's at 77C, then as you hit keys it takes proper
readings, and claims both CPUs within 1-2 degrees of each other (??). It
seems accurate on fan speeds though. Both fans running pretty fast,
6. Pulled CPU1, messed around some - same behaviour, lock ups after 4-5 mins
7. Brought it up to single user mode console, to see if it was video
card etc. - did some testing of just letting it mostly idle (while true
- uptime - sleep 1 - etc.) and locked up 1-2 more times.
8. Rebooted again, now it's up and running and appears stable (still 1
CPU), so I took it up to full init 5 and it stayed up (and so I'm
writing this email :-) Once or twice seemed to stall again for 1-2
seconds (interrupt storm ???) but recovered.
Anyone have suggestions? I'm thinking to leave it running and see if it
stays up. Smells of a hardware issue, but also the BIOS seems a bit
funny (there is a message in the Help which says "this setting for debug
only - remove for production" !!)
Other observation, possibly unrelated: the unpacking of the kernel seems
very slow for an otherwise pretty quick machine - the dots when it says
"Loading xxx..." tick at about 1 per second, much like a laptop with
PC-66 memory, compared with 4-5 per second for the Pentium III
800/PC-133 motherboard I just hauled out.
** The temperature sensor driver stuff didn't seem to come with the
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