Iâ€™ve just upgraded my second computer â€œthe workbenchâ€ (it was PIII 500 MHZ slot 1, MainB. GigaByte VIA chipset) with an ASRock K7S8X rev. 3.0 + AMD XP2400+ (very cheap stuff from Ebay) with 256MB DDR Pc3200.
With Windows XP Corporate+SP2 no problem, works fine, but I canâ€™t install any Linux distro.
I have tried 2 different distro: Suse 9.1 and Mandrake 9.2 with the same result: a lot of writing errors on the Hard Disk.
This computer has also been used as a hardware firewall with Smoothwall, but even this one has got the same problems (error was â€œLillo â€“ Keytable read/checksum errorâ€).
It looks like there is a problem with the IDE controller under Linux.
With live CD like, Koppix or Feather usb it is all right.
Any suggestions welcome.
The Bios setup of the K7S8X is standard; not one parameter has been changed except the boot sequence and the CPU clock 133MHz (AMD XP2400+ [15x block]).
I also tried different bios [now is K7S8X_2.52A downloaded from you]: with the same result.
I used for different HD for the tests:
â€¢ one 20Gb (WD200 Cavair) for XP;
â€¢ one 2Gb (WD 22100 Cavair) per Linux;
â€¢ one 1,2Gb (CONNER CFS1275A) o 500Mb (Fujitsu M1603TAU) per Smoothwall