[mythtv-users] New system: hard freezes - looking for help !

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Tue Sep 19 22:29:26 UTC 2006

I was having a similar problem.  I think I have the exact same  
motherboard too.  Do you have XFS as your /video filesystem type?   
2.6.17 kernel?  Get rid of XFS and install EXT3 instead.  I have not  
had a crash yet after changing to EXT3.  I was getting crashed under  
load like you.  If not XFS, then try disabling the built in NIC and  
put in a PCI one.

Quoting Warpme <warpme at o2.pl>:

> Hi *
> I just finish build-up of my new shining HTPC system for living room.
> Setup is:
> ASUS P5P800-VM
> GF5200
> Celeron 326 (2,53G), 512M PC2100 RAM
> 2xWDC320JB
> PVR250, WinTV-Nova
> Lascala LC11B case.
> R5D1 clean install
> System looks really nice and I was finally happy to have really nice
> HTPC machine but....
> STABILITY kills me :-(
> System freezes hard in random manner.
> After trying to find where is problem - it looks like use of on-board
> Eth port cause hangs (few Gigs traffic is usually enough to freeze).
> I don't know - is it Eth related or simply Eth generating a lot of
> interrupts and by volume triggers other problem.
> Initially I was thinking that it is heat related problem. In BIOS CPU
> has 50 C.
> My GF5200 is really hot - but problem with overheating Video should
> manifest rather as artifacts - not whole system freezes.
> Voltage in BIOS looks OK - so probably my PSU is OK.
> Problem look challenging - so...
> I'm asking You people for help !
> Let use community knowledge,
> 1. What usually cause hard freeze (no any reaction to KB, mouse - only
> hard reset) ?. I always think that interrupt issues are main source.
> 2. I start to switch off in BIOS all possible peripherals: USB,
> Serials/LPT - still freezes (came to config with: HDD, Eth, Video and PVR)
> 3. I replace on-board Eth with PCI Intel LAN card - no change
> What procedure are You suggesting for  nailing down this problem ?
> Thanx in advance
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