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    crashes during boot sequence - memory frequency?

    For the past couple of years on rare occasions i have issues with ubuntu crashing while booting. it happens when the splash screen progress bar first starts to move and i hear a click then a winding sound and everything freezes.

    somehow, when this first started happening, i realized that by lowering my memory frequency (in the bios, i can change it from 200 MHz to 100 MHz). Originally, it was set at 200 MHz, and I keep having to lower it. I just lowered it again from 133 to 100 to stop it from crashing tonight. Does this make any sense? In the bios it is listed as CPU External Frequency.

    Also, when i raise it to 200, it doesn't even get to the GRUB menu before locking up and i hear the click and winding sound repeatedly.

    Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated!

    Marc

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    Re: crashes during boot sequence - memory frequency?

    Mobo specs? Have you looked into bios updates? Have you ran memtest?

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    Re: crashes during boot sequence - memory frequency?

    i just ran lshw and here is some of the information:

    description: Desktop Computer
    product: A7N8X2.0
    vendor: ASUSTeK Computer INC.
    version: REV 2.xx
    serial: xxxxxxxxxxx
    width: 32 bits
    capabilities: smbios-2.2 dmi-2.2 smp
    configuration: boot=normal chassis=desktop
    *-core
    description: Motherboard
    product: A7N8X2.0
    vendor: ASUSTeK Computer INC.
    physical id: 0
    version: REV 2.xx
    serial: xxxxxxxxxxx
    slot: Serial Port 1
    *-firmware
    description: BIOS
    vendor: Phoenix Technologies, LTD
    physical id: 0
    version: ASUS A7N8X2.0 ACPI BIOS Rev 1006 (08/19/2003)
    size: 64KiB
    capacity: 192KiB
    capabilities: pci pnp apm upgrade shadowing cdboot bootselect socketedrom edd int13floppy360 int13floppy1200 int13floppy720 int13floppy2880 int5printscreen int9keyboard int14serial int17printer int10video acpi usb agp ls120boot zipboot
    *-cpu
    description: CPU
    product: AMD Athlon(tm)
    vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
    physical id: 4
    bus info: cpu@0
    version: 6.10.0
    slot: Socket A
    size: 1100MHz
    capacity: 3GHz
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 100MHz
    capabilities: fpu fpu_exception wp vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 mmx fxsr sse syscall mmxext 3dnowext 3dnow up ts
    *-cache:0
    description: L1 cache
    physical id: 9
    slot: L1 Cache
    size: 128KiB
    capacity: 128KiB
    capabilities: pipeline-burst synchronous internal write-back data
    *-cache:1
    description: L2 cache
    physical id: a
    slot: L2 Cache
    size: 512KiB
    capacity: 512KiB
    capabilities: pipeline-burst synchronous external write-back data
    *-memory
    description: System Memory
    physical id: 26
    slot: System board or motherboard
    size: 768MiB
    capacity: 1536MiB
    *-bank:0
    description: DIMM DRAM Synchronous
    physical id: 0
    slot: DDR1
    size: 512MiB
    width: 64 bits
    *-bank:1
    description: DIMM DRAM Synchronous [empty]
    physical id: 1
    slot: DDR2
    width: 64 bits
    *-bank:2
    description: DIMM DRAM Synchronous
    physical id: 2
    slot: DDR3
    size: 256MiB
    width: 64 bits

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    Re: crashes during boot sequence - memory frequency?

    You can try to update your bios to c1007... please take great caution if your not too familiar.

    http://support.asus.com/download/dow...Language=en-us

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    Re: crashes during boot sequence - memory frequency?

    ran the memtest overnight and didn't get any errors. i'm not too sure if i want to update the bios or not. is it something that i can recover from if i screw it up?

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    Re: crashes during boot sequence - memory frequency?

    No not really, but ASUS is pretty good about making sure the user doesn't mess up. I'm sure they have a easy updater to run in windows, if you have windows installed. You can download the updater util and the c1007, and if your mobo doesn't match the bios update, it wont run.

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    Re: crashes during boot sequence - memory frequency?

    no more windows here! i've read a few posts about creating a bootable freedos disk that i can flash the mobo with. guess i'll try that.

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