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I upgraded an AMD k7 to an AMD Athlon 64 3000+ (socket 939, 640k cache, 1800MHz), it boots without any problems with the same 2.6.14-2-k7 kernel.
Motherboard is a 6150K8MA-8KRS (8 audio channels, Gbit LAN, raid, sata), based on NVidia Geforce 6150 and nForce 430.
Memory is DDR400 (PC32000) 512Mb.

U1 Server


  • AMD Opteron Processor 144 1800MHz
    • Has a hardware random generator supported by the amd_rng module, but you also need the software counterpart to boost your entropy pool:
apt-get install rng-tools
  • 1Gb RAM Corsair CM72SD1024RLP-3200/S PC3200R-3330-Z1
  • Tyan Tomcat K8S S2850
    • chipset AMD8111
    • ATI Rage XL
    • 2x LAN Gbit Broadcom BCM5705
  • Power supply 300W FSP Group
  • 2x Maxtor DiamondMax 10 Model:6L200M0 200GB SATA150 HDD
  • PCI Raid Controller 2xSATA 3ware 8006-2LP
    • Debian tools available here or sources on the 3Ware site
      package 3ware-3dm2-binary: 3ware 3DM 2 Disk Management Utility
      3dm2 daemon is listening on https://localhost:888
    • Using smarttools over the 3ware controller:
      smartctl -a -d 3ware,0 /dev/twe0
      smartctl -a -d 3ware,1 /dev/twe0
zeus:~# tw_cli show

Ctl   Model        (V)Ports  Drives   Units   NotOpt  RRate   VRate  BBU
c2    8006-2LP     2         2        1       0       2       -      -        

zeus:~# tw_cli /c2 show bios driver firmware memory model monitor pcb pchip serial 
/c2 Bios Version = BE7X
/c2 Driver Version =
/c2 Firmware Version = FE8S
/c2 Available Memory = 512KB
/c2 Model = 8006-2LP
/c2 Boot Loader Version = ME7X
/c2 PCB Version = Rev5
/c2 PCHIP Version = 1.30-66
/c2 Serial Number = L18501A5335058

zeus:~# tw_cli /c2 show         

Unit  UnitType  Status         %RCmpl  %V/I/M  Stripe  Size(GB)  Cache  AVrfy
u0    RAID-1    OK             -       -       -       189.922   ON     -      

Port   Status           Unit   Size        Blocks        Serial
p0     OK               u0     189.92 GB   398297088     L41KS93G            
p1     OK               u0     189.92 GB   398297088     L41KS9RG            

Flashing BIOS

When trying to boot a kernel, I got an immediate freeze.
It appears to be the same problem as describe here.
So we have to flash the BIOS...

Installing Debian

cf Debian on Amd64