[CentOS] Centos 5.3 install on gigabyte GA-MA790FX-UD5P motherboard

fred smith fredex at fcshome.stoneham.ma.us
Mon Aug 31 10:33:20 UTC 2009

On Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 05:08:18PM +1000, Nathan Norton wrote:
> Hi,
> I am having some difficulties installing centos 5.3 on the gigabyte GA-MA790FX-UD5P motherboard.

Not that it will help you any, but I"ve got Centos 5.3 on my Gigabyte
MA770-UD3 board. Probably different enough that it's not a valid data point.

I was looking at a different Gigabyte board. Not certain but it may have
been the one you have, but couldn't find out if Linux--especially an
older one like Centos--supported all the new chipsets on the board, so I
backed off to one where I could find mention of other people running 
Linux on it.

My guess is that you'll need a newer distro for that board. Keep in mind
that Centos 5 was not leading edge when the upstream provider released it
two years ago. It is intended to be stable, not bleeding edge.

Good luck!

> Has anyone got centos booting on this motherboard?
> so far I have tried the following.
> + disabled the jmicron controller  as this caused errors on booting 
>     JMB363 bad irq(0): will probe later error (this error caused the installation to stop at this point)
> + tested all components in another computer, they all work.
> + remove all unnecessary components from the pci bus. 
> + power supply is not an issue since I have used a 850W PSU
> Basically what I am seeing is once the installation process starts and asks do i have another sata disk, and I select no the screen freezes at this point *every* single time, the screen is always blue with a couple of greek looking characters on the screen. No logs are left at this point in the installation, so it is making it difficult to diagnose.
> Today I installed the grml  distribution and it worked with no issues, it uses a base kernel of 2.6.28. so there is nothing wrong with the hardware but centos still does not want to install on this motherboard. 
> Anyone have any ideas?
> Nathan
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