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Thread: Abit KN9 Ultra problems

  1. #11
    Join Date
    Nov 2006


    Quote Originally Posted by TheQwe View Post
    Hi, after reading your (rather glowing) review of the Abit KN9 Ultra motherboard, I figured it would be a good choice for a low-cost Linux box I wanted to build. However, I've had no end of problems trying to get it to run. I get kernel oopses and panics at seemingly random times(although usually involving disk I/O), and I can't figure out why. The memory appears to be fine; I've run memtest86 about 6 times and no errors turned up. I've tried swapping video cards, reseating the RAM and CPU, trying different hard drives, nothing seems to work. I even tried downgrading the BIOS to the version used in the review.

    Were there any weird options that you had to pass to the kernel to get it to boot/run properly?

    Other parts I used:
    AMD Athlon64 3800+ (Orleans)
    Western Digital 7200RPM SATA Hard drive
    Radeon 7000 PCI graphics card(this isn't a gaming machine ), later replaced with an ancient ATI Rage PCI card
    1GB(2x512MB) DDR2-800 RAM

    Any tips or pointers would be appreciated.
    I built a machine around the KN9S (very similar board) and I needed to put the option "noapic" in GRUB's boot prompt to get it to run. Now it happily runs Fedora 6 AMD64.

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Dec 2006


    OK, it turned out to be the RAM after all. The memory I bought is advertised as DDR2-800 but only runs stably at DDR2-667.

    Bleh. I hope I can still get a refund...

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