Bug 73339 - apm locks up Asus A7N266VM (nForce chipset)
apm locks up Asus A7N266VM (nForce chipset)
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Arjan van de Ven
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2002-09-03 04:06 EDT by Toralf
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:46 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-10-17 05:22:41 EDT
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Output of dmidecode (6.42 KB, text/plain)
2002-09-06 07:56 EDT, Toralf
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Description Toralf 2002-09-03 04:06:27 EDT
Description of Problem:
I've been trying to setup Red Hat 7.3 on a unit based on the Asus A7N266VM
motherboard, which has an nVidia-220D chipset. Not entirely straight forward,
but with the drivers from nVidia, most things work fine. There is, however, one
remaining issue: All "power management" calls appear to cause a complete hang.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
2.4.18-3 or 2.4.18-10 (athlon versions)

How Reproducible:
Every time

Steps to Reproduce:
1. service apmd start


1. Select Applets->Utility->Battery Charge Monitor in GNOME panel


1. Start GNOME panel with default setup (which will involve above mentioned applet.)

Actual Results:
Complete freeze. The only ways out are the reset button and the power switch;
front panel on/off button won't even work.

Expected Results:
Successfull program startup or at least failure with sensible error message. 

Additional Information:
This is more serious than it may sound at first, since starting a GNOME panel
with default setup is enough to lock up the system, probably due to conditional
load of battstat_applet; it looks like the panel will do some sort of APM call
to figure out if the system has a battery, and start applet if it does. What's
even worse, setup test on first-time X server configuration will typically do
that (question: wouldn't it be better to start a simpler session, so that the
GNOME components weren't there to cause confusion?)
Comment 1 Arjan van de Ven 2002-09-03 04:22:44 EDT
I need the output of the "dmidecode" program (part of kernel-utils) to be able
to auto-block APM on your board.
Comment 2 Toralf 2002-09-04 07:57:40 EDT
Right. Ran the program, but forgot to bring the output. This board is in the box
I'm setting up in my living room, which isn't connected to the net yet. I'll try
to attach it later...

Anyhow, I realised after filing this report that the board is ACPI, rather than
APM, compliant. Could that be the cause of the problem? And what exactly is the
status of ACPI support in your kernels etc.?
Comment 3 Arjan van de Ven 2002-09-04 08:02:50 EDT
All I need of the output are the top bits about the bios (eg the bios vendor and

Linux ACPI is not stable enough to ship and I don't forsee that changing in the
next 6 months
Comment 4 Toralf 2002-09-06 07:56:06 EDT
Created attachment 75224 [details]
Output of dmidecode
Comment 5 Toralf 2002-09-06 07:57:24 EDT
Output now attached - the whole thing as it was simplest that way.
Comment 6 Toralf 2002-10-03 08:29:28 EDT
A possibly related problem that I forgot to mention:

When I shut down the system, it is not powered off automatically - it stops at
"power off" message. The machine is then in a state where ATX power button
doesn't work; to switch it off, I have to remove the power chord or press reset,
then power-off. (There is no power button on my PSU.)
Comment 7 Arjan van de Ven 2002-10-17 05:22:42 EDT
An errata has been issued which should help the problem described in this bug report. 
This report is therefore being closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
on the solution and/or where to find the updated files, please follow the link below. You may reopen 
this bug report if the solution does not work for you.

Comment 8 Need Real Name 2002-11-20 09:32:57 EST
I`ve got a serious problem after I updated my kernel. I should consider that the
NVidia drivers for video dosn't gonna work with the new kernel (the X server
don't starts). Well, I download the drivers from the NVidia web site and I
follow the instructions in the README file. The src RPM can't rebuild the drivers !!
Please, If you are not an advanced user of the redhat system, don't update your
I asked for the right way to fix this problem (if there's any).
Comment 9 Arjan van de Ven 2002-11-20 09:36:05 EST
jguerra@inf.uach.cl: please read bug #737333
Comment 10 Toralf 2002-11-20 09:45:48 EST
Above bug id should probably be 73733... I'm not sure it's entirely appropriate,
though. This is not a "binary only" relase, is it?

Anyhow, I had no problems whatsoever rebuilding the drivers. How exactly does it
Comment 11 Arjan van de Ven 2002-11-20 09:47:33 EST
eh yeah 73733
but yes the nvidia drivers are binary only (with a thin glue layer)

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