W2K IRQ problems running on Asus A7V266

Bames_Jond

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I have recently bought the new motherboard from Asus the A7V266. I am currently having problems with the IRQ's in Windows 2000. Please note that the system works fine under Windows 98. When i install Windows 2000 and all the drivers, the operating system puts all my expansion cards including the USB ports and AGP card on IRQ 9. I have the following IRQ's free in my system: 3, 5, 8, 10, 11 and (9). I have tried pulling out all my cards except the AGP card and installing the others one at the time. This did not help. I have tried forcing the cards on different IRQ's in my bios and selecting "No Plug & Play OS installed". This did not help either. I have downloaded all the latest drivers but not the bios since i think it is the same that i have installed. My system configuration looks like this:

Asus A7V266 motherboard
Athlon 1200 Mhz T-Bird.
2*256 MB PC2100 / PC266 Veritech DDR-RAM
Asus V7700 Geforce2 GTS Deluxe (AGP)
Sound Blaster Live! 5.1 Platinum (2IRQ) (PCI)'
Realtech 100 Mbit PCI networkadaptor. (PCI)
Realmagic Hollywood+ MPEG card (PCI)
IBM 7200 RPM GXP60 40 GB HD.
Pioneer 10/40 DVD drive.

Can anyone please help me????
 

jc14all

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Yes, if your system is working there is no need to be alarmed by the way W2k manages your IRQ's. Pleas read this Microsoft Knowledge Base Article, Q252420 "W2k IRQ Sharing".

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Bames_Jond

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My system ran stabil except in games which was my cause for concern about the shared IRQ's. I have now got my IRQ problem solved by deactivating ACPI. Now it won't turn of automatically when i choose to shut down. I have heard that AVPM or APM (Advanced Power Management) can make the computer turn of by itself. Can I get it to do it somehow without having to reactivate ACPI? I do need to turn of my machine sinces i sleep right next to it and i got "plenty" of coolers and airflow through it - hence lots of noise! :)
In short can I get my computer to turn of without ACPI activated?
 

jc14all

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I don't think deactivating ACPI is the solution to the instability while gaming. I had seemingly the same problems and I am not a PC wizard, but I purchased a utility called "Diskkeeper" which is 100% times better that the lite version defragmenter that Windows provides. Then I ran check disk, defraged my directors, master file table, paging files, and the instability problems I was having went away.

I think ACPI is a good thing and recommend reactivating it at least for the ability of auto shutdown, and try Diskkeeper to see if it resolves your instability while gaming. One thing I can gurantee, is that it will only help your system run smoothier and faster. I was shocked and amazed at the improvement a proper defragmentation did for me.

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NickM

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Also <A HREF="http://download.cnet.com/downloads/0-10102-601-4509972.html" target="_new">Symantec Speed Disk for Windows NT/2000</A> free download.

Please, read the reviews first.
 

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For me, disabling ACPI and assigning unique IRQ's made my system stable in games. Before that, it was crashing after 10 minutes or so. I know, IRQ's sharing is not supposed to cause problems but for me it does.

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In design and theory Win2k, PnP, and IRQ sharing is flawless. In practice its the device driver's and developers that create imperfect implementations.

Manually configuring Win2k on most Mobo's should be used as a last resort and usually creates more problens than is worth.

Something is amiss somewhere if all devices and AGP go on IRQ 9 as you say. Try setting Bios back to default, let PNP and Mobo do its thing, then...

The best approach is simply switching PCI devices and slots around until compatable positions are found. Most Mobo's have pre aesignated slots and Irq sharing configuations. I've had quite a few initial problems, but have always eventually been able to switch slots around and find stable positions... Sorta trial and error buts usually works...
There are, of course, some devices(usually older devices with updated drivers) that don't share well.. ie: like some 3COM NICs, so...

If all else fails, ya just have to ugrade to a more current/compatable device...

<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by CompSci on 08/22/01 11:28 AM.</EM></FONT></P>