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[SOLVED] Mint 11 LiveUSB Freezes Like Clockwork

Posted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:27 pm
by Sioux
First the hardware lowdown ...

Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra 9 nForce4 w/ F8 BIOS ...
AMD Athlon64 3200+ Winchester
1GB Geil DDR-400
Creative X-FI Xtreme Music PCI
256MB ATI Radeon AIW 2006 (i.e. x1300)

PRIMARY MASTER -- 250GB Western Digital IDE (non-active/non-bootable)
SECONDARY MASTER -- NEC DVDRW 2500A
THIRD MASTER(*) -- 80GB Western Digital SATA-2 (Reserved for Linux)
FOURTH MASTER(*) -- 80GB Western Digital SATA-2 (WindowsXP SP3)

(*) = Non raid PATA mode on nVidia SATA-II controller - Sil3122 controller disabled as its old-school SATA-1

PROBLEM -- no matter what I do or what I try, my Linux Mint LiveUSB freezes solid within 15 to 20 seconds of displaying the desktop. Every single time. Regardless of normal and compatibility mode. Regardless of the common command line switches including 'nomodeset" and "radeon.modeset=0" added to GRUB at boot. Guaranteed freeze at the desktop within 15 to 20 seconds after the USB light stops flashing from loading the Live environment.

No perceivable evidence of kernel panic -- NumLock stays lit on my keyboard, caps lock and scroll lock doesn't blink ...

Restarting X with Alt+Control+Backspace doesn't work ...

Alt+Control+F1 to a full screen terminal mode doesn't work -- that freezes, too! :shock: That last one it was really gets me: every time I drop from X to a full screen terminal, it'll freezes within seconds. The cursor still blinks. It's just the keyboard suddenly stops working. Both my keyboard and mouse are PS2 instead of USB. No adapters/convertors. Just a lot of ancient old-school hardware. Before registering here, I got frustrated and instead of hitting reset before removing the USB drive, I removed the USB drive ... and noticed no activity from the terminal. I know BusyBox automatically detects the insertion and removal of USB devices but don't terminal does or not. So I plugged the USB drive back in ... and the LED stayed off. Hmmm, it as if the front USB ports are being powered down or going into sleep/suspend within 15 to 20 seconds of booting up. Maybe that's why its freezing?!?

The USB stick is a 1GB Kingston. I created the Mint LiveUSB using pendrivelinux because unetbootin kept failing on making the drive bootable as it automatically formats the stick to FAT32. Since this motherboard uses an AwardBIOS 6.00PG, that's not gonna work. They are notorious for choking on syslinux/isolinux errors with USB flash drives formatted to FAT32 and only boot USB sticks that are FAT16 or emulate a ZIP disk. Flashing the BIOS has never fixed that issue, and never will -- it's up to Gigabyte to update their deprecated modules their engineers used to build the ROM images their boards use ... and they're not gonna do it. Not on hardware this ancient. Heck, when Abit pulled out of the motherboard business, my Abit NF7S 2.0 in the corner had no choice but to use unofficial "modified" BIOS updates built by the community at nForcersHQ since it was the only way to obtain updated (and stable) firmware for the built-in Sil3112 SATA controller ...

Any ideas?

Downloaded the Mint ISO via Torrent - MD5 hashes check out, and gave me zero problems at all in VMWare Player ...

In the meantime, I'm gonna give my Ubuntu 11.04 Natty LiveCD another whirl. This Gigabyte board replaced an Asus A8R-MVP with the same hardware and configuration but started to flake out really bad before dying. That sucker had an AMIBIOS, hated LiveCDs with a passion, but never failed once on a LiveUSB drive. Maybe this Gigabyte board is the opposite: hates LiveUSB, but will run a LiveCD all day ... :lol:

Re: Mint 11 LiveUSB Freezes Like Clockwork

Posted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:18 am
by Arcosanti
You might need a bigger usb flash drive. 1 GB might be too small. I just made one on a 16 GB flash with a 4 GB persistence file. It does behave a bit differently from the DVD probably due to the way the installation was made. But it does work and I am posting this from it right now. You might try a 4 GB stick and if that still has problems, then try Universal USB Installer. If you want a persistence file, go with an 8 GB stick. It will let you store the wireless drivers in the mint home folder among other things.

Re: Mint 11 LiveUSB Freezes Like Clockwork

Posted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:29 am
by Sioux
I've got plenty of space on that USB flash drive, and my issue with larger ones is depending on the machine used. It takes my fatty Playstation 2 and its 1.1 USB ports over 40 seconds to address that same 1GB flash drive while a lowly 128MB one is addressed instantly. Guess which one I use to transfer game saves for myself and Osama Bin Daughter? :P

Keep in mind also that the only change in my entire hardware is the motherboard. I went from a flaky dying motherboard that had the best implementation of ACPI 1.0 and 2.0 support I ever seen, and ran Linux like a top to this rock solid and stable nForce4 board with questionable ACPI implementation that's picking Linux (of all things) to suddenly sprouts hives and warts. Considering how nForce4 boards were selling like hotcakes about 5 or 8 years ago, I doubt I'm the only person trying to dump Mint, Ubuntu, Debian, or any Linux distro on this or even older hardware today. Its gotta be easier and more likely to succeed than trying to dump Vista or 7, right?!? :)

Heh, I dumped Win7 Ultimate on that Asus A8R-MVP once ... keyword being once! Thank goodness those 80GB drives were in RAID-0 back then. When I realized I hadn't booted to Win7 in over 6 months, that's when I wiped the partition in favor of an OS I'd actually put to use: Ubuntu Natty. Alas, I could never get it to install on the ULi RAID so I blew up the array, ran the SATA-II drives in PATA mode, re-installed WinXP, then re-installed Ubunty Natty. Smooth as silk. Then Onieric Ocelot happened, that A8R-MVP embraced its inner Danny Glover a week later (while in WinXP -- dismounted one of the SATA drives twice = epic BSOD twice), AMIBIOS complained the drive was toast, WD Data Lifeguard begged to differ four times, replaced the board with the Gigabyte nForce4 board, and the rest is history except for this chapter ...

Anyway, coffee refill ... and I end up passing out for 4 hours instead of giving that Ubuntu Natty Live CD another try.

If I can edit previous posts, I'll revise this one accordingly with an update on the prognosis ...

Re: Mint 11 LiveUSB Freezes Like Clockwork

Posted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:33 am
by Anakinholland
I'm experiencing the exact same thing.

For now I solved it by powering down/disconnecting my eSATA-drive. In your case the "Sil3122" might be the culprit. Did you try booting with that controller disabled?

Good luck!

Re: Mint 11 LiveUSB Freezes Like Clockwork

Posted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:07 am
by Sioux
The Ubuntu Natty LiveCD is a wash -- get the same "can't mount /dev/loop" error and kick to BusyBox. I actually let it idle at the (initramfs) prompt and used the head. Came back with another error on the screen regarding a read error on "virtual" something or other that seems to imply a sector error from the CD -- either it was junk to begin with, or I burned it too fast. But at least it didn't freeze ...

Anakinholland, the Silicon Image RAID controller is only SATA-1 and it was one the first things I disabled it in the BIOS along with anything else I don't use or need like COM ports, LPT ports, firewire, etc. At least I'm pretty sure I did -- the BIOS on the board is like a Stephen King novel. Loaded with options - a few of 'em redundant and contradictory. The only SATA controller enabled is the nVidia controller and its running in emulated PATA/IDE mode. It took me quite a few reboots and trial and error to figure out which one was which since one is labeled "on-board SATA" and other is labeled "built-in SATA" instead of "NVIDIA" and "Sil311x" respectively. Same thing with the dual LAN. The "built-in" NVIDIA LAN is standard PCI 10/100 ethernet (disabled), but the "On-Board" Marvell controller is the exact model gigabit LAN that was on the A8R-MVP. The only difference is Gigabyte's engineers correctly gave it a PCIe 1x lane. The morons at ASUS slogged it on the PCI bus, effectively defeating the purpose. However, since you had to disconnect your eSATA drive, then it's got me thinking I'm not too far from the truth: the kernel might be telling external device ports such as eSATA, USB, PS2, possibly firewire as well to go to sleep/hibernate.

I've got one more option, but it's a shot in the dark -- I forgot I had a Playstation2 controller hooked to a Radio Shack/GreenAsia USB convertor. Gonna unplug that and try the LiveUSB in one of the ports on the back instead of the front and see what happens. Never had to remove that controller on the other motherboard, but you never know ...

Re: Mint 11 LiveUSB Freezes Like Clockwork

Posted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:00 pm
by Sioux
Unplugged the USB controller - no change. Purged Mint off the LiveUSB. Used pendrivelinux to replace it with Kubuntu 11.10 LiveUSB. Within 20 seconds of clicking "Try Kubuntu" is looks like its gonna load the Live session desktop. Mouse icon is spinning, the USB led on the pendrive is flickering ... then suddenly goes out. Mouse icon stops spinning. Frozen again as before with Mint 11 -- no blinking lights on keyboard. No perceivable evidence of a kernel panic. Removed and re-inserted LiveUSB. The LED stays off. Ports are asleep again. Stick a fork in me - I'm done. :evil:

Re: Mint 11 LiveUSB Freezes Like Clockwork

Posted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:26 pm
by Anakinholland
sucks matey :(

I wouldn't mind raising a bugtracker-ticket, but wouldn't know against what, or where for that matter... Maybe http://bugzilla.kernel.org/ ?

Re: Mint 11 LiveUSB Freezes Like Clockwork

Posted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 1:25 am
by Sioux
Yeah, there's no way for me to provide any detailed information from dmesg or logs etc., unless I turn my USB stick into a no-frills Debian Squeeze LiveUSB that boots straight to terminal mode, but I think my freezing issue is related to other freezing issues that other people who get farther than me are having, and they most likely submitted a ticket already. But I know the ISOs I'm grabbing are good - they install and function fine in VMWare Player. A colleague told me to give a Wubi install a try, but that's too risky. If Live environments aren't working me, I can't trust a Wubi install not to mess with an otherwise functioning WinXP.

But I did manage to pull a heck a feat earlier: I somehow managed to configure my two 80GB SATA drives from emulated PATA to sort of a psuedo AHCI mode with the 15.00 nForce4 Drivers without BSODs nor breaking/re-installing WinXP! :P My system seems a lot more responsive and boots faster without both the NVRAID and SIL3122 ROM kickin' after the first POST screen. Skips right past that screen altogether ... so I couldn't help but wonder if I should try the Kubuntu LiveUSB again thinking maybe such small tweaks there could've made a difference. Sitting here for hours not trying it was eating me alive, so off I went ... and crash boom. Still froze up on me ... but it took about 20 to 30 seconds longer. :lol:

Tomorrow or so, I'll try one last option of desperation that I've been avoiding because it tedious and stresses the relays inside my ancient CRT monitor I'm still using: I'll go into BIOS and disable everything except for GigE LAN, the DVD-RW, the 200GB IDE, and the Creative X-FI, then I'll try the LiveUSB again. If it doesn't freeze, I'll slowly re-enable things in the BIOS one at a time until it does freeze ...

Re: Mint 11 LiveUSB Freezes Like Clockwork

Posted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:49 am
by Anakinholland
Good luck! :)

Re: Mint 11 LiveUSB Freezes Like Clockwork

Posted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 9:05 pm
by TangoVirtud
Hi there!!!

I have the very same problem... But. I had an old version of LinuxMint11 LXDE.. RC. I ran it on my brand new

Acer Aspire One 522, AMD C50 1GHz, 1Gb DDR3 Mem, 250 Gb HHD.

I told the program to delete windope 7 starter edition and to use the whole disc, and everything was going fine until some last screen of the installation, because I went to sleep and when I woke up... It was all hanged. The installation wizard was frozen, and it was not working. So... I tried to restart the PC, and when it turned on again, it was black screen. I went to some other computer and downloaded the new version, but it would freeze as it loaded the desktop. Most of the times, it didn't load the desktop at all. The AO522 was dead. Now, I've reinstalled windows 7, and I tried again by downloading it from another mirror, but no such luck. It won't run. It loads the desktop and freezes.
Why!!!!???!!!

Re: Mint 11 LiveUSB Freezes Like Clockwork

Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 4:31 pm
by Sioux
I suspect serious regression. Tried my Kubuntu 11.10 LiveUSB on a nephew's nForce4 system based on a BioStar board, 2.4Ghz AMD Opteron, 1GB of DDR, and a Geforce 7800. Froze on the blue dotted Kubuntu screen. Swapped out the video card for a different Geforce 7800. Locked up at the same spot. Gonna convert my LiveUSB to Debian netinst so that it'll just boot to a terminal. Hopefully I can run some commands without it freezing. From there, I'm considering Puppy Linux or any non-Debian distro. So far every distro I've tried that locks up has been Debian based. A non-Debian distro would tell me if the freezes are limited to Debian or not ...

Combing through kernel boot parameters, the "hpet=force" leaps out at me as the documentation states its useful on Nvidia chipsets dating back to the nForce3. It would seem more recent distros would automatically detect nForce hardware and automatically pass that to the kernel. Unless I'm mistaken and it still must be added to the GRUB command line ...

UPDATE: Chalk one up for Slackware -- Slacko Puppy MAIN works! :twisted:

Detected everything correctly from the get-go and loaded the correct drivers! :D

Now, If I could only figure out how to cut and paste "dmesg" from the console ... :oops:

Re: Mint 11 LiveUSB Freezes Like Clockwork

Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 7:27 am
by Sioux
Minor update here -- on my dead Asus A8R-MVP, kernels 2.6.32.45 thru 2.6.39.4 worked fine and booted my hardware safely without issue (though I omit the 3.0 kernels as the board died before I had a chance to really test it thoroughly). Since the swap to this nForce4 board, I've been slowly letting it graze on "distro salad" -- every other day or so, I drop another distro from the range of kernels on the USB stick, and if the system boots it without hanging, I disable any screen savers, sleep/suspend, and let the Live environment idle overnight full bore. Then I'll kill it in the morning to boot back into WinXP while I freebase the first of three coffee beans ... :cry:

Slacko Puppy, Lucid Puppy, and Wary Puppy are green - no issues at all. Just warnings about forcing HPET and trying ACPI Timer Override from the Grub2 command line. Tonight and Tomorrow, it's Fedora 15's and 16's turn. Wednesday, I'll toss Debian based distros back into the salad, but without the overnight idling starting with Ubuntu 10/Mint 10, then Natty/LMDE Mint 11. If any distro at any time freeze from the LiveUSB that can't be rectified with the usual command time arguments, they are purged off the island. They are theveekustlink, g'bye. I've already burned two months of this year on Linux with nothing to show for it, and there won't be third. One more week. That's it. It will decide whether or not a Windows OS & VMWare/Virtualbox are to be amended to Linux's bare minimum hardware requirements in this household and to everybody I know instead parakeeting the usual "Aww, it'll run on anything" empty and bogus script ... :x

UPDATE: Forget Fedora 15 -- first freeze was after detecting Powernow and CPU scaling. Mashed reset and passed "hpet=force" to the kernel in the hopes of solve any timing issues that may contribute to that freeze. Got past the above Powernow part only to freeze on the next step: trying to mount the USB Live drive when it had already been mounted. Not gonna even bother with Fedora 16. At least it lightened my work load and extended the life of my USB flash drive to a degree. Guess I can start bringing Debian-based distros back into the fold now, starting with Squeeze before Ubuntu/Mint variants. Hopefully at the end of all of this, Mint 10 comes out on top ...

Re: Mint 11 LiveUSB Freezes Like Clockwork

Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:49 pm
by Sioux
Currently typing this from Debian Squeeze LXDE LiveUSB ... but it isn't pretty ...

This also kept freezing at detecting K8/Powernow and implementing automatic CPU throttling. To get around that freeze, I had to go into BIOS and manually configure my freakin' CPU (i.e. basically changing all "Auto" settings to "Manual" and setting HyperTransport to 5 for my Winchester). From there, it froze again trying to access the floppy drive. Back to BIOS and disabled floppy. Then it froze again before loading the desktop because I didn't pass the "radeon.modeset=0" command. Also passed "hpet=force" to the kernel ...

Now for a DMESG log ...

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user@debian:~$ dmesg
[    0.000000] Initializing cgroup subsys cpuset
[    0.000000] Initializing cgroup subsys cpu
[    0.000000] Linux version 2.6.32-5-686 (Debian 2.6.32-38) (ben@decadent.org.uk) (gcc version 4.3.5 (Debian 4.3.5-4) ) #1 SMP Mon Oct 3 04:15:24 UTC 2011
[    0.000000] KERNEL supported cpus:
[    0.000000]   Intel GenuineIntel
[    0.000000]   AMD AuthenticAMD
[    0.000000]   NSC Geode by NSC
[    0.000000]   Cyrix CyrixInstead
[    0.000000]   Centaur CentaurHauls
[    0.000000]   Transmeta GenuineTMx86
[    0.000000]   Transmeta TransmetaCPU
[    0.000000]   UMC UMC UMC UMC
[    0.000000] BIOS-provided physical RAM map:
[    0.000000]  BIOS-e820: 0000000000000000 - 000000000009f800 (usable)
[    0.000000]  BIOS-e820: 000000000009f800 - 00000000000a0000 (reserved)
[    0.000000]  BIOS-e820: 00000000000f0000 - 0000000000100000 (reserved)
[    0.000000]  BIOS-e820: 0000000000100000 - 000000003fff0000 (usable)
[    0.000000]  BIOS-e820: 000000003fff0000 - 000000003fff3000 (ACPI NVS)
[    0.000000]  BIOS-e820: 000000003fff3000 - 0000000040000000 (ACPI data)
[    0.000000]  BIOS-e820: 00000000d0000000 - 00000000e0000000 (reserved)
[    0.000000]  BIOS-e820: 00000000fec00000 - 0000000100000000 (reserved)
[    0.000000] DMI 2.3 present.
[    0.000000] last_pfn = 0x3fff0 max_arch_pfn = 0x100000
[    0.000000] MTRR default type: uncachable
[    0.000000] MTRR fixed ranges enabled:
[    0.000000]   00000-9FFFF write-back
[    0.000000]   A0000-BFFFF uncachable
[    0.000000]   C0000-C7FFF write-protect
[    0.000000]   C8000-EFFFF uncachable
[    0.000000]   F0000-FFFFF write-protect
[    0.000000] MTRR variable ranges enabled:
[    0.000000]   0 base 0000000000 mask FFC0000000 write-back
[    0.000000]   1 disabled
[    0.000000]   2 disabled
[    0.000000]   3 disabled
[    0.000000]   4 disabled
[    0.000000]   5 disabled
[    0.000000]   6 disabled
[    0.000000]   7 disabled
[    0.000000] x86 PAT enabled: cpu 0, old 0x7040600070406, new 0x7010600070106
[    0.000000] initial memory mapped : 0 - 01800000
[    0.000000] init_memory_mapping: 0000000000000000-00000000373fe000
[    0.000000]  0000000000 - 0000400000 page 4k
[    0.000000]  0000400000 - 0037000000 page 2M
[    0.000000]  0037000000 - 00373fe000 page 4k
[    0.000000] kernel direct mapping tables up to 373fe000 @ 7000-d000
[    0.000000] RAMDISK: 3f5ff000 - 3ffee06f
[    0.000000] Allocated new RAMDISK: 00100000 - 00aef06f
[    0.000000] Move RAMDISK from 000000003f5ff000 - 000000003ffee06e to 00100000 - 00aef06e
[    0.000000] ACPI: RSDP 000f6e80 00014 (v00 Nvidia)
[    0.000000] ACPI: RSDT 3fff3000 00030 (v01 Nvidia AWRDACPI 42302E31 AWRD 01010101)
[    0.000000] ACPI: FACP 3fff3040 00074 (v01 Nvidia AWRDACPI 42302E31 AWRD 01010101)
[    0.000000] ACPI: DSDT 3fff30c0 04C3F (v01 NVIDIA AWRDACPI 00001000 MSFT 0100000C)
[    0.000000] ACPI: FACS 3fff0000 00040
[    0.000000] ACPI: MCFG 3fff7d80 0003C (v01 Nvidia AWRDACPI 42302E31 AWRD 01010101)
[    0.000000] ACPI: APIC 3fff7d00 0007C (v01 Nvidia AWRDACPI 42302E31 AWRD 01010101)
[    0.000000] ACPI: Local APIC address 0xfee00000
[    0.000000] 139MB HIGHMEM available.
[    0.000000] 883MB LOWMEM available.
[    0.000000]   mapped low ram: 0 - 373fe000
[    0.000000]   low ram: 0 - 373fe000
[    0.000000]   node 0 low ram: 00000000 - 373fe000
[    0.000000]   node 0 bootmap 00009000 - 0000fe80
[    0.000000] (9 early reservations) ==> bootmem [0000000000 - 00373fe000]
[    0.000000]   #0 [0000000000 - 0000001000]   BIOS data page ==> [0000000000 - 0000001000]
[    0.000000]   #1 [0000001000 - 0000002000]    EX TRAMPOLINE ==> [0000001000 - 0000002000]
[    0.000000]   #2 [0000006000 - 0000007000]       TRAMPOLINE ==> [0000006000 - 0000007000]
[    0.000000]   #3 [0001000000 - 00014cccf4]    TEXT DATA BSS ==> [0001000000 - 00014cccf4]
[    0.000000]   #4 [000009f800 - 0000100000]    BIOS reserved ==> [000009f800 - 0000100000]
[    0.000000]   #5 [00014cd000 - 00014d308e]              BRK ==> [00014cd000 - 00014d308e]
[    0.000000]   #6 [0000007000 - 0000009000]          PGTABLE ==> [0000007000 - 0000009000]
[    0.000000]   #7 [0000100000 - 0000aef06f]      NEW RAMDISK ==> [0000100000 - 0000aef06f]
[    0.000000]   #8 [0000009000 - 0000010000]          BOOTMAP ==> [0000009000 - 0000010000]
[    0.000000] found SMP MP-table at [c00f5360] f5360
[    0.000000] Zone PFN ranges:
[    0.000000]   DMA      0x00000000 -> 0x00001000
[    0.000000]   Normal   0x00001000 -> 0x000373fe
[    0.000000]   HighMem  0x000373fe -> 0x0003fff0
[    0.000000] Movable zone start PFN for each node
[    0.000000] early_node_map[2] active PFN ranges
[    0.000000]     0: 0x00000000 -> 0x0000009f
[    0.000000]     0: 0x00000100 -> 0x0003fff0
[    0.000000] On node 0 totalpages: 262031
[    0.000000] free_area_init_node: node 0, pgdat c13b4860, node_mem_map c14d5000
[    0.000000]   DMA zone: 32 pages used for memmap
[    0.000000]   DMA zone: 0 pages reserved
[    0.000000]   DMA zone: 3967 pages, LIFO batch:0
[    0.000000]   Normal zone: 1736 pages used for memmap
[    0.000000]   Normal zone: 220470 pages, LIFO batch:31
[    0.000000]   HighMem zone: 280 pages used for memmap
[    0.000000]   HighMem zone: 35546 pages, LIFO batch:7
[    0.000000] Using APIC driver default
[    0.000000] Nvidia board detected. Ignoring ACPI timer override.
[    0.000000] If you got timer trouble try acpi_use_timer_override
[    0.000000] ACPI: PM-Timer IO Port: 0x1008
[    0.000000] ACPI: Local APIC address 0xfee00000
[    0.000000] ACPI: LAPIC (acpi_id[0x00] lapic_id[0x00] enabled)
[    0.000000] ACPI: LAPIC (acpi_id[0x01] lapic_id[0x01] disabled)
[    0.000000] ACPI: LAPIC_NMI (acpi_id[0x00] dfl dfl lint[0x1])
[    0.000000] ACPI: LAPIC_NMI (acpi_id[0x01] dfl dfl lint[0x1])
[    0.000000] ACPI: IOAPIC (id[0x02] address[0xfec00000] gsi_base[0])
[    0.000000] IOAPIC[0]: apic_id 2, version 17, address 0xfec00000, GSI 0-23
[    0.000000] ACPI: INT_SRC_OVR (bus 0 bus_irq 0 global_irq 2 dfl dfl)
[    0.000000] ACPI: BIOS IRQ0 pin2 override ignored.
[    0.000000] ACPI: INT_SRC_OVR (bus 0 bus_irq 9 global_irq 9 high level)
[    0.000000] ACPI: INT_SRC_OVR (bus 0 bus_irq 14 global_irq 14 high edge)
[    0.000000] ACPI: INT_SRC_OVR (bus 0 bus_irq 15 global_irq 15 high edge)
[    0.000000] ACPI: IRQ9 used by override.
[    0.000000] ACPI: IRQ14 used by override.
[    0.000000] ACPI: IRQ15 used by override.
[    0.000000] Using ACPI (MADT) for SMP configuration information
[    0.000000] SMP: Allowing 2 CPUs, 1 hotplug CPUs
[    0.000000] nr_irqs_gsi: 24
[    0.000000] PM: Registered nosave memory: 000000000009f000 - 00000000000a0000
[    0.000000] PM: Registered nosave memory: 00000000000a0000 - 00000000000f0000
[    0.000000] PM: Registered nosave memory: 00000000000f0000 - 0000000000100000
[    0.000000] Allocating PCI resources starting at 40000000 (gap: 40000000:90000000)
[    0.000000] Booting paravirtualized kernel on bare hardware
[    0.000000] NR_CPUS:32 nr_cpumask_bits:32 nr_cpu_ids:2 nr_node_ids:1
[    0.000000] PERCPU: Embedded 14 pages/cpu @c2000000 s34328 r0 d23016 u2097152
[    0.000000] pcpu-alloc: s34328 r0 d23016 u2097152 alloc=1*4194304
[    0.000000] pcpu-alloc: [0] 0 1 
[    0.000000] Built 1 zonelists in Zone order, mobility grouping on.  Total pages: 259983
[    0.000000] Kernel command line: initrd=/live/initrd2.img boot=live config  hpet=force radeon.modeset=0 BOOT_IMAGE=/live/vmlinuz2 
[    0.000000] PID hash table entries: 4096 (order: 2, 16384 bytes)
[    0.000000] Dentry cache hash table entries: 131072 (order: 7, 524288 bytes)
[    0.000000] Inode-cache hash table entries: 65536 (order: 6, 262144 bytes)
[    0.000000] Enabling fast FPU save and restore... done.
[    0.000000] Enabling unmasked SIMD FPU exception support... done.
[    0.000000] Initializing CPU#0
[    0.000000] Initializing HighMem for node 0 (000373fe:0003fff0)
[    0.000000] Memory: 1023444k/1048512k available (2504k kernel code, 24276k reserved, 1328k data, 380k init, 143304k highmem)
[    0.000000] virtual kernel memory layout:
[    0.000000]     fixmap  : 0xffd56000 - 0xfffff000   (2724 kB)
[    0.000000]     pkmap   : 0xff400000 - 0xff800000   (4096 kB)
[    0.000000]     vmalloc : 0xf7bfe000 - 0xff3fe000   ( 120 MB)
[    0.000000]     lowmem  : 0xc0000000 - 0xf73fe000   ( 883 MB)
[    0.000000]       .init : 0xc13bf000 - 0xc141e000   ( 380 kB)
[    0.000000]       .data : 0xc12721f1 - 0xc13be480   (1328 kB)
[    0.000000]       .text : 0xc1000000 - 0xc12721f1   (2504 kB)
[    0.000000] Checking if this processor honours the WP bit even in supervisor mode...Ok.
[    0.000000] SLUB: Genslabs=13, HWalign=64, Order=0-3, MinObjects=0, CPUs=2, Nodes=1
[    0.000000] Hierarchical RCU implementation.
[    0.000000] NR_IRQS:1280
[    0.000000] spurious 8259A interrupt: IRQ7.
[    0.000000] Console: colour VGA+ 80x25
[    0.000000] console [tty0] enabled
[    0.000000] Fast TSC calibration using PIT
[    0.000000] Detected 2009.329 MHz processor.
[    0.008004] Calibrating delay loop (skipped), value calculated using timer frequency.. 4018.65 BogoMIPS (lpj=8037316)
[    0.008065] Security Framework initialized
[    0.008093] SELinux:  Disabled at boot.
[    0.008121] Mount-cache hash table entries: 512
[    0.008262] Initializing cgroup subsys ns
[    0.008287] Initializing cgroup subsys cpuacct
[    0.008313] Initializing cgroup subsys devices
[    0.008337] Initializing cgroup subsys freezer
[    0.008361] Initializing cgroup subsys net_cls
[    0.008401] CPU: L1 I Cache: 64K (64 bytes/line), D cache 64K (64 bytes/line)
[    0.008427] CPU: L2 Cache: 512K (64 bytes/line)
[    0.008452] mce: CPU supports 5 MCE banks
[    0.008491] Performance Events: AMD PMU driver.
[    0.008536] ... version:                0
[    0.008560] ... bit width:              48
[    0.008583] ... generic registers:      4
[    0.008607] ... value mask:             0000ffffffffffff
[    0.008631] ... max period:             00007fffffffffff
[    0.008655] ... fixed-purpose events:   0
[    0.008679] ... event mask:             000000000000000f
[    0.008704] Checking 'hlt' instruction... OK.
[    0.024320] SMP alternatives: switching to UP code
[    0.027674] ACPI: Core revision 20090903
[    0.033409] Enabling APIC mode:  Flat.  Using 1 I/O APICs
[    0.033830] ..TIMER: vector=0x30 apic1=0 pin1=0 apic2=-1 pin2=-1
[    0.073545] CPU0: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3200+ stepping 00
[    0.076001] Brought up 1 CPUs
[    0.076001] Total of 1 processors activated (4018.65 BogoMIPS).
[    0.076001] CPU0 attaching NULL sched-domain.
[    0.076001] devtmpfs: initialized
[    0.076001] regulator: core version 0.5
[    0.076001] NET: Registered protocol family 16
[    0.076001] ACPI: bus type pci registered
[    0.076001] PCI: MCFG configuration 0: base d0000000 segment 0 buses 0 - 255
[    0.076001] PCI: MCFG area at d0000000 reserved in E820
[    0.076001] PCI: Using MMCONFIG for extended config space
[    0.076001] PCI: Using configuration type 1 for base access
[    0.076001] bio: create slab <bio-0> at 0
[    0.076001] ACPI: EC: Look up EC in DSDT
[    0.080353] ACPI: Interpreter enabled
[    0.080379] ACPI: (supports S0 S3 S4 S5)
[    0.080496] ACPI: Using IOAPIC for interrupt routing
[    0.087302] ACPI: No dock devices found.
[    0.087406] ACPI: PCI Root Bridge [PCI0] (0000:00)
[    0.087518] pci 0000:00:01.0: Force enabled HPET at 0xfed00000
[    0.087534] pci 0000:00:01.1: reg 10 io port: [0xe000-0xe01f]
[    0.087542] pci 0000:00:01.1: reg 20 io port: [0x1c00-0x1c3f]
[    0.087546] pci 0000:00:01.1: reg 24 io port: [0x1c40-0x1c7f]
[    0.087555] pci 0000:00:01.1: PME# supported from D3hot D3cold
[    0.087581] pci 0000:00:01.1: PME# disabled
[    0.087621] pci 0000:00:02.0: reg 10 32bit mmio: [0xf4401000-0xf4401fff]
[    0.087636] pci 0000:00:02.0: supports D1 D2
[    0.087639] pci 0000:00:02.0: PME# supported from D0 D1 D2 D3hot D3cold
[    0.087664] pci 0000:00:02.0: PME# disabled
[    0.087703] pci 0000:00:02.1: reg 10 32bit mmio: [0xfeb00000-0xfeb000ff]
[    0.087722] pci 0000:00:02.1: supports D1 D2
[    0.087724] pci 0000:00:02.1: PME# supported from D0 D1 D2 D3hot D3cold
[    0.087750] pci 0000:00:02.1: PME# disabled
[    0.087791] pci 0000:00:04.0: reg 10 io port: [0xb000-0xb0ff]
[    0.087795] pci 0000:00:04.0: reg 14 io port: [0xb400-0xb4ff]
[    0.087800] pci 0000:00:04.0: reg 18 32bit mmio: [0xf4404000-0xf4404fff]
[    0.087812] pci 0000:00:04.0: supports D1 D2
[    0.087831] pci 0000:00:06.0: reg 20 io port: [0xf000-0xf00f]
[    0.087852] pci 0000:00:07.0: reg 10 io port: [0x9f0-0x9f7]
[    0.087856] pci 0000:00:07.0: reg 14 io port: [0xbf0-0xbf3]
[    0.087860] pci 0000:00:07.0: reg 18 io port: [0x970-0x977]
[    0.087864] pci 0000:00:07.0: reg 1c io port: [0xb70-0xb73]
[    0.087868] pci 0000:00:07.0: reg 20 io port: [0xc800-0xc80f]
[    0.087872] pci 0000:00:07.0: reg 24 32bit mmio: [0xf4405000-0xf4405fff]
[    0.087892] pci 0000:00:08.0: reg 10 io port: [0x9e0-0x9e7]
[    0.087895] pci 0000:00:08.0: reg 14 io port: [0xbe0-0xbe3]
[    0.087899] pci 0000:00:08.0: reg 18 io port: [0x960-0x967]
[    0.087903] pci 0000:00:08.0: reg 1c io port: [0xb60-0xb63]
[    0.087907] pci 0000:00:08.0: reg 20 io port: [0xdc00-0xdc0f]
[    0.087911] pci 0000:00:08.0: reg 24 32bit mmio: [0xf4400000-0xf4400fff]
[    0.087941] pci 0000:00:0a.0: reg 10 32bit mmio: [0xf4402000-0xf4402fff]
[    0.087945] pci 0000:00:0a.0: reg 14 io port: [0xe400-0xe407]
[    0.087959] pci 0000:00:0a.0: supports D1 D2
[    0.087961] pci 0000:00:0a.0: PME# supported from D0 D1 D2 D3hot D3cold
[    0.087987] pci 0000:00:0a.0: PME# disabled
[    0.088029] pci 0000:00:0c.0: PME# supported from D0 D1 D2 D3hot D3cold
[    0.088055] pci 0000:00:0c.0: PME# disabled
[    0.088105] pci 0000:00:0d.0: PME# supported from D0 D1 D2 D3hot D3cold
[    0.088130] pci 0000:00:0d.0: PME# disabled
[    0.088179] pci 0000:00:0e.0: PME# supported from D0 D1 D2 D3hot D3cold
[    0.088205] pci 0000:00:0e.0: PME# disabled
[    0.088319] pci 0000:01:08.0: reg 10 io port: [0x8000-0x801f]
[    0.088327] pci 0000:01:08.0: reg 14 64bit mmio: [0xf4000000-0xf41fffff]
[    0.088335] pci 0000:01:08.0: reg 1c 64bit mmio: [0xf4200000-0xf43fffff]
[    0.088353] pci 0000:01:08.0: supports D1 D2
[    0.088378] pci 0000:00:09.0: transparent bridge
[    0.088403] pci 0000:00:09.0: bridge io port: [0x8000-0x8fff]
[    0.088406] pci 0000:00:09.0: bridge 32bit mmio: [0xf4000000-0xf43fffff]
[    0.088436] pci 0000:00:0c.0: bridge io port: [0x6000-0x6fff]
[    0.088466] pci 0000:00:0d.0: bridge io port: [0x7000-0x7fff]
[    0.088489] pci 0000:05:00.0: reg 10 64bit mmio pref: [0xe0000000-0xefffffff]
[    0.088497] pci 0000:05:00.0: reg 18 64bit mmio: [0xf1000000-0xf100ffff]
[    0.088502] pci 0000:05:00.0: reg 20 io port: [0xa000-0xa0ff]
[    0.088509] pci 0000:05:00.0: reg 30 32bit mmio pref: [0x000000-0x01ffff]
[    0.088522] pci 0000:05:00.0: supports D1 D2
[    0.088546] pci 0000:05:00.1: reg 10 64bit mmio: [0xf1010000-0xf101ffff]
[    0.088568] pci 0000:05:00.1: supports D1 D2
[    0.088581] pci 0000:05:00.0: disabling ASPM on pre-1.1 PCIe device.  You can enable it with 'pcie_aspm=force'
[    0.088647] pci 0000:00:0e.0: bridge io port: [0xa000-0xafff]
[    0.088650] pci 0000:00:0e.0: bridge 32bit mmio: [0xf0000000-0xf1ffffff]
[    0.088654] pci 0000:00:0e.0: bridge 64bit mmio pref: [0xe0000000-0xefffffff]
[    0.088662] pci_bus 0000:00: on NUMA node 0
[    0.088667] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Routing Table [\_SB_.PCI0._PRT]
[    0.088855] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Routing Table [\_SB_.PCI0.HUB0._PRT]
[    0.142469] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LNK1] (IRQs *3 4 5 7 9 10 11 12 14 15)
[    0.142847] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LNK2] (IRQs 3 4 5 7 9 10 11 12 14 15) *0, disabled.
[    0.143260] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LNK3] (IRQs 3 4 5 *7 9 10 11 12 14 15)
[    0.143632] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LNK4] (IRQs 3 4 5 7 9 10 11 12 14 15) *0, disabled.
[    0.144051] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LNK5] (IRQs 3 4 5 7 9 10 11 12 14 15) *0, disabled.
[    0.144971] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LUBA] (IRQs 3 4 5 7 9 *10 11 12 14 15)
[    0.145343] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LUBB] (IRQs 3 4 5 7 9 10 11 12 14 15) *0, disabled.
[    0.145758] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LMAC] (IRQs 3 4 *5 7 9 10 11 12 14 15)
[    0.146132] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LACI] (IRQs 3 *4 5 7 9 10 11 12 14 15)
[    0.146515] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LMCI] (IRQs 3 4 5 7 9 10 11 12 14 15) *0, disabled.
[    0.146928] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LSMB] (IRQs 3 4 *5 7 9 10 11 12 14 15)
[    0.147305] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LUB2] (IRQs 3 4 5 7 9 10 *11 12 14 15)
[    0.147678] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LIDE] (IRQs 3 4 5 7 9 10 11 12 14 15) *0, disabled.
[    0.148107] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LSID] (IRQs 3 4 5 7 9 *10 11 12 14 15)
[    0.148490] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LFID] (IRQs 3 4 5 7 9 10 *11 12 14 15)
[    0.148874] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LPCA] (IRQs 3 4 5 7 9 10 11 12 14 15) *0, disabled.
[    0.149305] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [APC1] (IRQs 16) *0
[    0.149543] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [APC2] (IRQs 17) *0, disabled.
[    0.149800] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [APC3] (IRQs 18) *0
[    0.150038] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [APC4] (IRQs 19) *0, disabled.
[    0.150244] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [APC5] (IRQs *16), disabled.
[    0.150490] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [APCF] (IRQs 20 21 22 23) *0
[    0.150790] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [APCG] (IRQs 20 21 22 23) *0, disabled.
[    0.151110] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [APCH] (IRQs 20 21 22 23) *0
[    0.151411] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [APCJ] (IRQs 20 21 22 23) *0
[    0.151713] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [APCK] (IRQs 20 21 22 23) *0, disabled.
[    0.152041] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [APCS] (IRQs 20 21 22 23) *0
[    0.152343] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [APCL] (IRQs 20 21 22 23) *0
[    0.152644] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [APCZ] (IRQs 20 21 22 23) *0, disabled.
[    0.152973] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [APSI] (IRQs 20 21 22 23) *0
[    0.153282] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [APSJ] (IRQs 20 21 22 23) *0
[    0.153591] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [APCP] (IRQs 20 21 22 23) *0, disabled.
[    0.153862] vgaarb: device added: PCI:0000:05:00.0,decodes=io+mem,owns=io+mem,locks=none
[    0.153891] vgaarb: loaded
[    0.153977] PCI: Using ACPI for IRQ routing
[    0.154230] hpet clockevent registered
[    0.154234] HPET: 3 timers in total, 0 timers will be used for per-cpu timer
[    0.154263] hpet0: at MMIO 0xfed00000, IRQs 2, 8, 31
[    0.154363] hpet0: 3 comparators, 32-bit 25.000000 MHz counter
[    0.160024] Switching to clocksource hpet
[    0.161193] pnp: PnP ACPI init
[    0.161230] ACPI: bus type pnp registered
[    0.164271] pnp: PnP ACPI: found 11 devices
[    0.164295] ACPI: ACPI bus type pnp unregistered
[    0.164321] PnPBIOS: Disabled by ACPI PNP
[    0.164353] system 00:01: ioport range 0x1000-0x107f has been reserved
[    0.164379] system 00:01: ioport range 0x1080-0x10ff has been reserved
[    0.164405] system 00:01: ioport range 0x1400-0x147f has been reserved
[    0.164431] system 00:01: ioport range 0x1480-0x14ff has been reserved
[    0.164457] system 00:01: ioport range 0x1800-0x187f has been reserved
[    0.164483] system 00:01: ioport range 0x1880-0x18ff has been reserved
[    0.164511] system 00:02: ioport range 0x4d0-0x4d1 has been reserved
[    0.164537] system 00:02: ioport range 0x800-0x87f has been reserved
[    0.164563] system 00:02: ioport range 0x295-0x314 has been reserved
[    0.164589] system 00:02: ioport range 0x294-0x297 could not be reserved
[    0.164619] system 00:09: iomem range 0xd0000000-0xdfffffff has been reserved
[    0.164648] system 00:0a: iomem range 0xf0000-0xf3fff could not be reserved
[    0.164674] system 00:0a: iomem range 0xf4000-0xf7fff could not be reserved
[    0.164700] system 00:0a: iomem range 0xf8000-0xfbfff could not be reserved
[    0.164727] system 00:0a: iomem range 0xfc000-0xfffff could not be reserved
[    0.164753] system 00:0a: iomem range 0x3fff0000-0x3fffffff could not be reserved
[    0.164782] system 00:0a: iomem range 0xffff0000-0xffffffff has been reserved
[    0.164808] system 00:0a: iomem range 0x0-0x9ffff could not be reserved
[    0.164834] system 00:0a: iomem range 0x100000-0x3ffeffff could not be reserved
[    0.164863] system 00:0a: iomem range 0xfec00000-0xfec00fff could not be reserved
[    0.164891] system 00:0a: iomem range 0xfee00000-0xfee00fff has been reserved
[    0.199618] pci 0000:00:09.0: PCI bridge, secondary bus 0000:01
[    0.199644] pci 0000:00:09.0:   IO window: 0x8000-0x8fff
[    0.199669] pci 0000:00:09.0:   MEM window: 0xf4000000-0xf43fffff
[    0.199694] pci 0000:00:09.0:   PREFETCH window: disabled
[    0.199720] pci 0000:00:0c.0: PCI bridge, secondary bus 0000:03
[    0.199746] pci 0000:00:0c.0:   IO window: 0x6000-0x6fff
[    0.199771] pci 0000:00:0c.0:   MEM window: disabled
[    0.199795] pci 0000:00:0c.0:   PREFETCH window: disabled
[    0.199821] pci 0000:00:0d.0: PCI bridge, secondary bus 0000:04
[    0.199846] pci 0000:00:0d.0:   IO window: 0x7000-0x7fff
[    0.199871] pci 0000:00:0d.0:   MEM window: disabled
[    0.199895] pci 0000:00:0d.0:   PREFETCH window: disabled
[    0.199924] pci 0000:00:0e.0: PCI bridge, secondary bus 0000:05
[    0.199949] pci 0000:00:0e.0:   IO window: 0xa000-0xafff
[    0.199974] pci 0000:00:0e.0:   MEM window: 0xf0000000-0xf1ffffff
[    0.200010] pci 0000:00:0e.0:   PREFETCH window: 0x000000e0000000-0x000000efffffff
[    0.200044] pci 0000:00:09.0: setting latency timer to 64
[    0.200049] pci 0000:00:0c.0: setting latency timer to 64
[    0.200054] pci 0000:00:0d.0: setting latency timer to 64
[    0.200059] pci 0000:00:0e.0: setting latency timer to 64
[    0.200063] pci_bus 0000:00: resource 0 io:  [0x00-0xffff]
[    0.200066] pci_bus 0000:00: resource 1 mem: [0x000000-0xffffffff]
[    0.200069] pci_bus 0000:01: resource 0 io:  [0x8000-0x8fff]
[    0.200072] pci_bus 0000:01: resource 1 mem: [0xf4000000-0xf43fffff]
[    0.200075] pci_bus 0000:01: resource 3 io:  [0x00-0xffff]
[    0.200078] pci_bus 0000:01: resource 4 mem: [0x000000-0xffffffff]
[    0.200081] pci_bus 0000:03: resource 0 io:  [0x6000-0x6fff]
[    0.200084] pci_bus 0000:04: resource 0 io:  [0x7000-0x7fff]
[    0.200087] pci_bus 0000:05: resource 0 io:  [0xa000-0xafff]
[    0.200090] pci_bus 0000:05: resource 1 mem: [0xf0000000-0xf1ffffff]
[    0.200093] pci_bus 0000:05: resource 2 pref mem [0xe0000000-0xefffffff]
[    0.200127] NET: Registered protocol family 2
[    0.200235] IP route cache hash table entries: 32768 (order: 5, 131072 bytes)
[    0.200589] TCP established hash table entries: 131072 (order: 8, 1048576 bytes)
[    0.201283] TCP bind hash table entries: 65536 (order: 7, 524288 bytes)
[    0.201646] TCP: Hash tables configured (established 131072 bind 65536)
[    0.201672] TCP reno registered
[    0.201780] NET: Registered protocol family 1
[    0.280062] pci 0000:00:00.0: Found enabled HT MSI Mapping
[    0.280090] pci 0000:00:0c.0: Found disabled HT MSI Mapping
[    0.280120] pci 0000:00:00.0: Found enabled HT MSI Mapping
[    0.280147] pci 0000:00:0c.0: Linking AER extended capability
[    0.280203] pci 0000:00:00.0: Found enabled HT MSI Mapping
[    0.280230] pci 0000:00:0d.0: Found disabled HT MSI Mapping
[    0.280259] pci 0000:00:00.0: Found enabled HT MSI Mapping
[    0.280284] pci 0000:00:0d.0: Linking AER extended capability
[    0.280343] pci 0000:00:00.0: Found enabled HT MSI Mapping
[    0.280370] pci 0000:00:0e.0: Found disabled HT MSI Mapping
[    0.280400] pci 0000:00:00.0: Found enabled HT MSI Mapping
[    0.280425] pci 0000:00:0e.0: Linking AER extended capability
[    0.280457] pci 0000:05:00.0: Boot video device
[    0.280507] Unpacking initramfs...
[    0.552839] Freeing initrd memory: 10172k freed
[    0.559379] audit: initializing netlink socket (disabled)
[    0.559416] type=2000 audit(1321395402.556:1): initialized
[    0.562853] highmem bounce pool size: 64 pages
[    0.562880] HugeTLB registered 4 MB page size, pre-allocated 0 pages
[    0.564204] VFS: Disk quotas dquot_6.5.2
[    0.564280] Dquot-cache hash table entries: 1024 (order 0, 4096 bytes)
[    0.564367] msgmni has been set to 1739
[    0.564543] alg: No test for stdrng (krng)
[    0.564612] Block layer SCSI generic (bsg) driver version 0.4 loaded (major 253)
[    0.564640] io scheduler noop registered
[    0.564664] io scheduler anticipatory registered
[    0.564688] io scheduler deadline registered
[    0.564743] io scheduler cfq registered (default)
[    0.564852] pcieport 0000:00:0c.0: irq 24 for MSI/MSI-X
[    0.564857] pcieport 0000:00:0c.0: setting latency timer to 64
[    0.564916] pcieport 0000:00:0d.0: irq 25 for MSI/MSI-X
[    0.564920] pcieport 0000:00:0d.0: setting latency timer to 64
[    0.564974] pcieport 0000:00:0e.0: irq 26 for MSI/MSI-X
[    0.564978] pcieport 0000:00:0e.0: setting latency timer to 64
[    0.565100] isapnp: Scanning for PnP cards...
[    0.917569] isapnp: No Plug & Play device found
[    0.918780] Linux agpgart interface v0.103
[    0.919004] Serial: 8250/16550 driver, 4 ports, IRQ sharing enabled
[    0.919340] PNP: PS/2 Controller [PNP0303:PS2K,PNP0f13:PS2M] at 0x60,0x64 irq 1,12
[    0.922473] serio: i8042 KBD port at 0x60,0x64 irq 1
[    0.922502] serio: i8042 AUX port at 0x60,0x64 irq 12
[    0.922603] mice: PS/2 mouse device common for all mice
[    0.922669] rtc_cmos 00:04: RTC can wake from S4
[    0.922727] rtc_cmos 00:04: rtc core: registered rtc_cmos as rtc0
[    0.922774] rtc0: alarms up to one year, y3k, 242 bytes nvram, hpet irqs
[    0.922807] cpuidle: using governor ladder
[    0.922831] cpuidle: using governor menu
[    0.922857] No iBFT detected.
[    0.923233] TCP cubic registered
[    0.923387] NET: Registered protocol family 10
[    0.924156] Mobile IPv6
[    0.924180] NET: Registered protocol family 17
[    0.924215] Using IPI No-Shortcut mode
[    0.924296] PM: Resume from disk failed.
[    0.924307] registered taskstats version 1
[    0.924552] rtc_cmos 00:04: setting system clock to 2011-11-15 22:16:44 UTC (1321395404)
[    0.924619] Initalizing network drop monitor service
[    0.924664] Freeing unused kernel memory: 380k freed
[    0.924943] Write protecting the kernel text: 2508k
[    0.924986] Write protecting the kernel read-only data: 920k
[    0.942053] udev[46]: starting version 164
[    0.950559] input: AT Translated Set 2 keyboard as /devices/platform/i8042/serio0/input/input0
[    1.143641] usbcore: registered new interface driver usbfs
[    1.143798] usbcore: registered new interface driver hub
[    1.143951] usbcore: registered new device driver usb
[    1.146539] SCSI subsystem initialized
[    1.175796] forcedeth: Reverse Engineered nForce ethernet driver. Version 0.64.
[    1.176126] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [APCH] enabled at IRQ 23
[    1.176159] forcedeth 0000:00:0a.0: PCI INT A -> Link[APCH] -> GSI 23 (level, low) -> IRQ 23
[    1.176189] forcedeth 0000:00:0a.0: setting latency timer to 64
[    1.176225] nv_probe: set workaround bit for reversed mac addr
[    1.177088] ehci_hcd: USB 2.0 'Enhanced' Host Controller (EHCI) Driver
[    1.177314] libata version 3.00 loaded.
[    1.697051] forcedeth 0000:00:0a.0: ifname eth0, PHY OUI 0x3f1 @ 7, addr 00:0f:ea:8e:42:0f
[    1.697084] forcedeth 0000:00:0a.0: highdma csum gbit lnktim desc-v3
[    1.697391] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [APCL] enabled at IRQ 22
[    1.697423] ehci_hcd 0000:00:02.1: PCI INT B -> Link[APCL] -> GSI 22 (level, low) -> IRQ 22
[    1.697464] ehci_hcd 0000:00:02.1: setting latency timer to 64
[    1.697467] ehci_hcd 0000:00:02.1: EHCI Host Controller
[    1.697516] ehci_hcd 0000:00:02.1: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 1
[    1.697565] ehci_hcd 0000:00:02.1: debug port 1
[    1.697592] ehci_hcd 0000:00:02.1: cache line size of 64 is not supported
[    1.697606] ehci_hcd 0000:00:02.1: irq 22, io mem 0xfeb00000
[    1.708011] ehci_hcd 0000:00:02.1: USB 2.0 started, EHCI 1.00
[    1.708066] usb usb1: New USB device found, idVendor=1d6b, idProduct=0002
[    1.708091] usb usb1: New USB device strings: Mfr=3, Product=2, SerialNumber=1
[    1.708119] usb usb1: Product: EHCI Host Controller
[    1.708143] usb usb1: Manufacturer: Linux 2.6.32-5-686 ehci_hcd
[    1.708674] usb usb1: SerialNumber: 0000:00:02.1
[    1.708816] usb usb1: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
[    1.708897] hub 1-0:1.0: USB hub found
[    1.708928] hub 1-0:1.0: 10 ports detected
[    1.709135] sata_nv 0000:00:07.0: version 3.5
[    1.709466] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [APSI] enabled at IRQ 21
[    1.709499] sata_nv 0000:00:07.0: PCI INT A -> Link[APSI] -> GSI 21 (level, low) -> IRQ 21
[    1.709568] sata_nv 0000:00:07.0: setting latency timer to 64
[    1.711977] ohci_hcd: USB 1.1 'Open' Host Controller (OHCI) Driver
[    1.712042] scsi0 : sata_nv
[    1.712197] scsi1 : sata_nv
[    1.712387] ata1: SATA max UDMA/133 cmd 0x9f0 ctl 0xbf0 bmdma 0xc800 irq 21
[    1.712414] ata2: SATA max UDMA/133 cmd 0x970 ctl 0xb70 bmdma 0xc808 irq 21
[    1.712489] pata_amd 0000:00:06.0: version 0.4.1
[    1.712526] pata_amd 0000:00:06.0: setting latency timer to 64
[    1.712578] scsi2 : pata_amd
[    1.712706] scsi3 : pata_amd
[    1.713341] ata3: PATA max UDMA/133 cmd 0x1f0 ctl 0x3f6 bmdma 0xf000 irq 14
[    1.713367] ata4: PATA max UDMA/133 cmd 0x170 ctl 0x376 bmdma 0xf008 irq 15
[    1.713728] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [APCF] enabled at IRQ 20
[    1.713760] ohci_hcd 0000:00:02.0: PCI INT A -> Link[APCF] -> GSI 20 (level, low) -> IRQ 20
[    1.713801] ohci_hcd 0000:00:02.0: setting latency timer to 64
[    1.713804] ohci_hcd 0000:00:02.0: OHCI Host Controller
[    1.713838] ohci_hcd 0000:00:02.0: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 2
[    1.713883] ohci_hcd 0000:00:02.0: irq 20, io mem 0xf4401000
[    1.770012] usb usb2: New USB device found, idVendor=1d6b, idProduct=0001
[    1.770039] usb usb2: New USB device strings: Mfr=3, Product=2, SerialNumber=1
[    1.770066] usb usb2: Product: OHCI Host Controller
[    1.770091] usb usb2: Manufacturer: Linux 2.6.32-5-686 ohci_hcd
[    1.770115] usb usb2: SerialNumber: 0000:00:02.0
[    1.770261] usb usb2: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
[    1.770344] hub 2-0:1.0: USB hub found
[    1.770376] hub 2-0:1.0: 10 ports detected
[    1.770761] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [APSJ] enabled at IRQ 23
[    1.770788] sata_nv 0000:00:08.0: PCI INT A -> Link[APSJ] -> GSI 23 (level, low) -> IRQ 23
[    1.770856] sata_nv 0000:00:08.0: setting latency timer to 64
[    1.771066] scsi4 : sata_nv
[    1.771178] scsi5 : sata_nv
[    1.771346] ata5: SATA max UDMA/133 cmd 0x9e0 ctl 0xbe0 bmdma 0xdc00 irq 23
[    1.771372] ata6: SATA max UDMA/133 cmd 0x960 ctl 0xb60 bmdma 0xdc08 irq 23
[    1.877407] ata3.00: HPA detected: current 488395055, native 488397168
[    1.877439] ata3.00: ATA-6: WDC WD2500JB-00FUA0, 15.05R15, max UDMA/100
[    1.877465] ata3.00: 488395055 sectors, multi 16: LBA48 
[    1.877511] ata3: nv_mode_filter: 0x3f39f&0x3f39f->0x3f39f, BIOS=0x3f000 (0xc600c000) ACPI=0x3f01f (20:600:0x13)
[    1.893373] ata3.00: configured for UDMA/100
[    2.020014] usb 1-6: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 2
[    2.080012] ata5: SATA link down (SStatus 0 SControl 300)
[    2.180017] ata1: SATA link up 3.0 Gbps (SStatus 123 SControl 300)
[    2.188189] ata1.00: ATA-7: WDC WD800JD-75MSA1, 10.01E01, max UDMA/133
[    2.188215] ata1.00: 156250000 sectors, multi 16: LBA48 NCQ (depth 0/32)
[    2.196204] ata1.00: configured for UDMA/133
[    2.196317] scsi 0:0:0:0: Direct-Access     ATA      WDC WD800JD-75MS 10.0 PQ: 0 ANSI: 5
[    2.547399] usb 1-6: New USB device found, idVendor=058f, idProduct=6387
[    2.547425] usb 1-6: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
[    2.547451] usb 1-6: Product: Mass Storage
[    2.547475] usb 1-6: Manufacturer: Generic
[    2.547499] usb 1-6: SerialNumber: 4DAD597E
[    2.547822] usb 1-6: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
[    2.556369] Initializing USB Mass Storage driver...
[    2.556477] scsi6 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
[    2.556612] usbcore: registered new interface driver usb-storage
[    2.556638] USB Mass Storage support registered.
[    2.556775] usb-storage: device found at 2
[    2.556776] usb-storage: waiting for device to settle before scanning
[    2.664021] ata2: SATA link up 3.0 Gbps (SStatus 123 SControl 300)
[    2.672201] ata2.00: ATA-7: WDC WD800JD-75MSA1, 10.01E01, max UDMA/133
[    2.672227] ata2.00: 156250000 sectors, multi 16: LBA48 NCQ (depth 0/32)
[    2.680202] ata2.00: configured for UDMA/133
[    2.680311] scsi 1:0:0:0: Direct-Access     ATA      WDC WD800JD-75MS 10.0 PQ: 0 ANSI: 5
[    2.680582] scsi 2:0:0:0: Direct-Access     ATA      WDC WD2500JB-00F 15.0 PQ: 0 ANSI: 5
[    2.844292] ata4.00: ATAPI: _NEC DVD_RW ND-2500A, 1.08, max UDMA/33
[    2.844339] ata4: nv_mode_filter: 0x739f&0x739f->0x739f, BIOS=0x7000 (0xc600c000) ACPI=0x701f (60:600:0x13)
[    2.860258] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/33
[    2.861351] scsi 3:0:0:0: CD-ROM            _NEC     DVD_RW ND-2500A  1.08 PQ: 0 ANSI: 5
[    3.172012] ata6: SATA link down (SStatus 0 SControl 300)
[    3.194750] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] 156250000 512-byte logical blocks: (80.0 GB/74.5 GiB)
[    3.194820] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Write Protect is off
[    3.194845] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Mode Sense: 00 3a 00 00
[    3.194863] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
[    3.194998]  sda:
[    3.195174] sd 1:0:0:0: [sdb] 156250000 512-byte logical blocks: (80.0 GB/74.5 GiB)
[    3.195257] sd 1:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
[    3.195282] sd 1:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 00 3a 00 00
[    3.195300] sd 1:0:0:0: [sdb] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
[    3.195417]  sdb:
[    3.195578] sd 2:0:0:0: [sdc] 488395055 512-byte logical blocks: (250 GB/232 GiB)
[    3.195661] sd 2:0:0:0: [sdc] Write Protect is off
[    3.195686] sd 2:0:0:0: [sdc] Mode Sense: 00 3a 00 00
[    3.195703] sd 2:0:0:0: [sdc] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
[    3.195821]  sdc:sr0: scsi3-mmc drive: 40x/40x writer cd/rw xa/form2 cdda tray
[    3.198359] Uniform CD-ROM driver Revision: 3.20
[    3.198633] sr 3:0:0:0: Attached scsi CD-ROM sr0
[    3.212371]  sdc1 < sda1 sda2 < sdb1
[    3.215469] sd 1:0:0:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI disk
[    3.220847]  sdc5 sdc6 sda5 >
[    3.236288] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Attached SCSI disk
[    3.245535]  sdc7 >
[    3.246065] sd 2:0:0:0: [sdc] Attached SCSI disk
[    3.254984] sd 0:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg0 type 0
[    3.255069] sd 1:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg1 type 0
[    3.255580] sd 2:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0
[    3.256115] sr 3:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg3 type 5
[    3.791170] Uniform Multi-Platform E-IDE driver
[    3.791858] ide_generic: please use "probe_mask=0x3f" module parameter for probing all legacy ISA IDE ports
[    3.854287] NTFS driver 2.1.29 [Flags: R/W MODULE].
[    3.892623] NTFS volume version 3.1.
[    3.983443] NTFS volume version 3.1.
[    4.100462] NTFS volume version 3.1.
[    4.212730] NTFS volume version 3.1.
[    4.284756] NTFS volume version 3.1.
[    4.489624] NTFS volume version 3.1.
[    7.556177] usb-storage: device scan complete
[    7.560673] scsi 6:0:0:0: Direct-Access     Generic  Flash Disk       8.07 PQ: 0 ANSI: 2
[    7.561525] sd 6:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg4 type 0
[    7.562909] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdd] 2035712 512-byte logical blocks: (1.04 GB/994 MiB)
[    7.564042] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdd] Write Protect is off
[    7.564072] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdd] Mode Sense: 03 00 00 00
[    7.564075] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdd] Assuming drive cache: write through
[    7.566777] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdd] Assuming drive cache: write through
[    7.566807]  sdd:
[    7.569788] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdd] Assuming drive cache: write through
[    7.569818] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdd] Attached SCSI removable disk
[    8.152790] FAT: utf8 is not a recommended IO charset for FAT filesystems, filesystem will be case sensitive!
[    8.178085] aufs: module is from the staging directory, the quality is unknown, you have been warned.
[    8.183811] aufs 2-standalone.tree-32-20100125
[    8.201662] loop: module loaded
[    8.224342] squashfs: version 4.0 (2009/01/31) Phillip Lougher
[   14.856662] udev[1384]: starting version 164
[   15.086131] input: Power Button as /devices/LNXSYSTM:00/LNXSYBUS:00/PNP0C0C:00/input/input1
[   15.091057] ACPI: Power Button [PWRB]
[   15.091203] input: Power Button as /devices/LNXSYSTM:00/LNXPWRBN:00/input/input2
[   15.091232] ACPI: Power Button [PWRF]
[   15.168272] processor LNXCPU:00: registered as cooling_device0
[   15.339971] input: PC Speaker as /devices/platform/pcspkr/input/input3
[   15.352264] i2c i2c-0: nForce2 SMBus adapter at 0x1c00
[   15.352338] i2c i2c-1: nForce2 SMBus adapter at 0x1c40
[   15.583306] [drm] Initialized drm 1.1.0 20060810
[   15.686272] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [APC3] enabled at IRQ 18
[   15.686309] pci 0000:05:00.0: PCI INT A -> Link[APC3] -> GSI 18 (level, low) -> IRQ 18
[   15.686340] pci 0000:05:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
[   15.686555] [drm] Initialized radeon 1.32.0 20080528 for 0000:05:00.0 on minor 0
[   15.732286] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [APCJ] enabled at IRQ 22
[   15.732318] Intel ICH 0000:00:04.0: PCI INT A -> Link[APCJ] -> GSI 22 (level, low) -> IRQ 22
[   15.732377] Intel ICH 0000:00:04.0: setting latency timer to 64
[   15.749604] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [APC1] enabled at IRQ 16
[   15.749640] SB-XFi 0000:01:08.0: PCI INT A -> Link[APC1] -> GSI 16 (level, low) -> IRQ 16
[   16.112114] intel8x0_measure_ac97_clock: measured 55166 usecs (2712 samples)
[   16.112144] intel8x0: clocking to 46867
[   16.210460] input: ImPS/2 Generic Wheel Mouse as /devices/platform/i8042/serio1/input/input4
[   17.068570] fuse init (API version 7.13)
[   17.874842] apm: BIOS version 1.2 Flags 0x07 (Driver version 1.16ac)
[   17.874871] apm: overridden by ACPI.
[   18.459224] Bluetooth: Core ver 2.15
[   18.459304] NET: Registered protocol family 31
[   18.459328] Bluetooth: HCI device and connection manager initialized
[   18.459354] Bluetooth: HCI socket layer initialized
[   18.541568] Bluetooth: L2CAP ver 2.14
[   18.541597] Bluetooth: L2CAP socket layer initialized
[   18.557796] Bluetooth: RFCOMM TTY layer initialized
[   18.557826] Bluetooth: RFCOMM socket layer initialized
[   18.557851] Bluetooth: RFCOMM ver 1.11
[   18.559221] Bluetooth: BNEP (Ethernet Emulation) ver 1.3
[   18.559249] Bluetooth: BNEP filters: protocol multicast
[   18.605219] Bridge firewalling registered
[   18.628371] input: ACPI Virtual Keyboard Device as /devices/virtual/input/input5
[   18.653582] Bluetooth: SCO (Voice Link) ver 0.6
[   18.653612] Bluetooth: SCO socket layer initialized
[   19.238250] lp: driver loaded but no devices found
[   19.268550] ppdev: user-space parallel port driver
[   20.540052] powernow-k8: Found 1 AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3200+ processors (1 cpu cores) (version 2.20.00)
[   20.540078] ACPI Exception: AE_NOT_FOUND, Evaluating _PSS (20090903/processor_perflib-264)
[   20.544079] [Firmware Bug]: powernow-k8: No PSB or ACPI _PSS objects
[   20.551543] ACPI Exception: AE_NOT_FOUND, Evaluating _PSS (20090903/processor_perflib-264)
[   21.370780] [drm] Setting GART location based on new memory map
[   21.371249] [drm] Loading R500 Microcode
[   21.388026] platform radeon_cp.0: firmware: requesting radeon/R520_cp.bin
[   21.431652] radeon_cp: Failed to load firmware "radeon/R520_cp.bin"
[   21.431657] [drm:radeon_do_init_cp] *ERROR* Failed to load firmware!
[   28.568017] eth0: no IPv6 routers present
Don't like those errors at all ...

Also, rebooting doesn't reboot - I have to mash the reset button on my case ...

Best I can do for now. This Live environment is running slow and sluggish though, and there's graphical glitches when Iceweasel and LXTerm overlap or minimize. Overall, too sluggish to trust installing until I get feedback or research this further ...

Re: Mint 11 LiveUSB Freezes Like Clockwork

Posted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 4:26 am
by Anakinholland
Kudoos for the efforts matey!

Sad to see you run into trouble, but good to keep this topic in my favourites!

Re: Mint 11 LiveUSB Freezes Like Clockwork

Posted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 12:44 am
by Sioux
No problem. I don't give up easily but I was pretty close to doing just that when Fedora froze on the powernow-k8 module and its CPU throttling governors. That's what led me to assume either Linux is using a governor that overclocks and throttles my system too much under load at boot up, and in those rare cases where it actually reaches the desktop, switching governors again 15 to 20 seconds later triggering an idle-state freeze. Since I couldn't get far enough to blacklist it, I figured manually configuring my Athlon64 Winchester to its factory specs in the BIOS may help in governing the governors - i.e. the CPU is detected as already running at its max factory clock speed and core voltage, the module assumes the user knows what he/she's doing, and tell the governors to leave well enough alone. That and "Cool & Quiet" is disabled -- every Windows based 3D game of mine is incompatible with it enabled and the last thing I want is an OS automatically controlling my fans when BIOS is competent enough for that task ... :)

Of course one random jamook on Linux Mint's forums doesn't a consensus make, hence why I haven't tagged this as [SOLVED] as I've yet to give Linux 10/11 LiveUSB another chance under this workaround let alone an actual install. Judging from by the ratio of views over replies in this thread, I'd wager I'm not the only one waiting to see if I somehow dodge the "Mint Installer Freeze" bug all because of what I did in BIOS on this nForce4 board what I never had to do on the dead ULi based board using the exact same gear. It's a downright wretched workaround for desktops at that. For laptops, its unthinkable - they desperately need "Cool & Quiet* and the powernow-k8/speedstep throttling modules to keep them from devouring too much battery power, burning themselves up, burning their users laps up, etc. And other than servers, Linux is going into far more laptops than desktops, especially if it means getting an extra hour or two off the battery over Windows 7/Vista ...

I recall back in 2004 when these nForce4 boards were selling like mad, overclockers soon found out the hard way that their maximum stable overclock depended on whether they had populated their SATA-1 and SATA-2 on the nVidia controller with hard drives. Since those ports often shared resources with devices on the PCI bus, the automatic PCI freq lock would fail much earlier in the overclocking process, causing instability, data corruption, and blue screens from suddenly dismounting SATA drives as early as bumping the clock rate 210Mhz from the 200Mhz factory default. Moving those drives to the SATA-3 and SATA-4 channels on the nVidia controller not only solved those problems, but also helped them reach insane yet stable overclocks while maintaining the 66Mhz lock on the PCI bus.

Looking back, I doubt that can of worms was limited to nVidia hardware -- their competition in the chipset market would've (and probably have) done the same on their respective wares. Yet VIA, AMD, and Intel chipsets were never marketed to overclockers and tweakers as aggressively as nVidia did for good reason: they suck at it. Overall they frowned on overclocking. Once nVidia left the motherboard chipset market, their competition swooped in to try to corner the overclocking/enthusiast market, especially Intel. Now everybody is paying a hefty price because the slightest regression or well-intentioned aggression in ACPI and Power Management can expose similar warts that are platform agnostic ...

[SOLVED] Re: Mint 11 LiveUSB Freezes Like Clockwork

Posted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:56 am
by Sioux
Currently typing from a LiveUSB made from the Linux Mint 10 32-bit gnome iso with "hpet=force" added at boot time, and it's not freezing. In fact, the first time it booted, I botched the "radeon.nomodeset=0" command, and the display kept flickering. Rebooted, and botched it again. Just before the gnome desktop appeared, I seen a message along the lines of "radeon: 'nomodset' command unknown. Ignoring ..." (I forgot an "e" in there), but at least the screen isn't flickering! :lol:

Now, to see if I can make this freeze on me ... :D

Gonna go back to BIOS and set my CPU back to "Auto" configuration and try booting back into this Mint 10 LiveUSB. If it freezes, I'll now why! If it doesn't freeze ... then at least the powernow-K8 module on Mint 10 is doing its job and it'll convince me that any regression has its roots in Debian/Ubuntu Natty. From there, back to Mint 11 Katya with my CPU manually configured to see if it doesn't freeze. If not, problem solved because it kept freezing when BIOS was set to "Auto" ...

Might as well even give the RC of Mint 12 a test run as well ... :D

UPDATE: With CPU back to "Auto", Mint 10 booted fine and didn't freeze ........ until I launched Firefox! :cry: :evil:

Had to go back to manual configuration ... :roll:

UPDATE 2: Linux Mint 11 LXDE freezes on "Auto" config for CPU. Under "Manual", no freezes. I'm unable to submit a bug report simply because I'm a total noob that such a process. Secondly, this sucker is plaguing way too many distros, so the problems needs to be addressed upstream. Keep in mind that the only distro that never froze up on me -- regardless how my CPU was configured -- was the three flavors of Puppy Linux. Every other distro has required manual CPU configuration in the BIOS, and a mix of the usual GRUB command line options (in my case, "radeon.modeset=0" and "hpet=force" as opposed to "acpi_use_timer_override") to dodge either boot up freezes at the powernow-k8 module or 15 to 20 seconds after the desktop loads most likely because a different governor kicks in.

I'm gonna install Mint 11 LXDE on Sunday and pass on testing Linux Mint 12 for the time being because my flash drive needs a rest and Mint 12 is a bit too bleeding edge for me. I don't entirely trust the 3.0 kernels and its gonna be a while before compiz and all the various desktop options mature and stabilise. Other than that, I'm declaring the issue solved unless Mint's moderators beg to differ and would like to see more evidence from people with different wares (I admit, I like to see posts by people with newer quad-core Athlon64s and Intel Core i5/i7 hardware) come forward. They may remove the [SOLVED] tag at their leisure ... :)

FINAL UPDATE: Mint 11 LDXE installed proper, updated with latest packages and kernel, no freezes and issues. I'm impressed. Heck, once the installer had all the information needed from me, I went to go grab coffee, came back, and the "Installation Finished" box. Blazing fast install. As for the freeze issue, I've narrowed it down to just HyperTransport multiplier. As long as this is set to anything but "Auto", the freezes disappear. So if you're not overclocking, double check AMD's specs on their website for your CPU to determine the proper multi for HTT in case "Auto" doesn't cut it.

If you are overclocking, ... you deserve freezes! :P

And you know how to fix 'em, too ... ;)