I have a new Giga-Byte GA-8INXP (E7205) M/B with a periodic freezing problem.
I dont notice it with DVDs, etc, but i do notice it with the mouse, and in games...roughly every few minutes (not at exact regular intervals however) it'll freeze/pause for about 1/2 a second - the hard disk will rattle/light up and the mouse will stop moving. It instantly goes away after a fraction of a second but the feeling of having the mouse "yanked out of my hand" is starting to drive me nuts.
I've got my single 60 GB ATA133 Maxtor on the Promise controller (ATA 3) rather than ATA 1 (which is only ATA100) - i'm suspecting this might be the issue and moving it to the slower ATA 1 or 2 might help. Haven't tried yet. I reminds me of mouse-freezes i used to get when i worked on SCSI systems (and the Promise appears as a SCSI controller to Win2k) - i think that might have been a hot-plug auto-detect sniff thing. Don't know for sure.
Mouse is a Logitech - i've used both a wireless optical and a optical with a tail on it..also have used Windows 2000's built in mouse drivers as well as Logitech's Mouseware, no change. It's plugged into the PS2 mouse connector for now - i have yet to try it on the USB. But as i see the hard disk light up whenever this happens, i'm assuming the problem is sourced there, not with the mouse.
I've tried shutting down every non-essential app and service so it's not something like that...also, i wouldn't expect an application no matter how busy it is, to steal away the mouse movement as that's on an interrupt.
No obvious sharing of interrupts that might explain this conflict either.
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i've used a microsoft mouse for years. never had any problems and never had to install drivers. its an optical mouse. If you decide the problem is with your mouse and not your harddrive or mobo i'd recommend this one
First tried taking my Pioneer DVD-RW off the IDE 1 bus...just to make sure that wasn't part of it. Didn't help, so put it back.
Then, i moved my boot drive (Maxtor 60GB ATA133) to IDE 2 from IDE 3 (where it was on a faster Promise RAID/ATA133 controller) and the pausing/freezing went away completely. It's now without a doubt the slickest running system I've ever worked on.
I was having serious issues before whenever there was disk access - sound would get choppy, all kinds of bad things. The first few seconds of MP3s would be chopped up..stuff like that. Now it's working perfectly.
It may not be a problem with the Promise RAID, i may have just had it configured wrong - I haven't even gone into it's BIOS setup yet (the Promise that is, the motherboards BIOS i have been in, it only has 2 settings, whetehr you want the controller on/off and if it should be a "RAID" or "BASE" (basic????) - I was set to "BASE"
For now i don't need it so i'll pursue tweaking that controller when I run out of space on IDE 1 and 2 - maybe there'll be some new BIOS to flash by then anyway.
I have been experiencing the same problem. It seems that the the processor and graphics do not freeze. Only the current state of the mouse and keyboard are frozen. It is not only the mouse for me. It is more than anoying. For me it happens a bit more often than every minute or so. It's more like every 30 seconds or less ranging up to 3 to 10 minutes. It's quite random. I have updated everything I can get my hands on. I have every inclination to beleive that the motherboard chipset drivers are bad. I'll be posting to their forums as soon as I can.
Moving the boot drive off the Promise ATA 133 controller onto the ATA 100 controller fixed my mouse freeze. (I run a 2nd drive off the Promise now, no problem...only had the problem when it hosted the system drive)
Disabling the onboard gigabit ethernet controller also helped me with some USB latency problems I was having (i do real time music so i noticed this...most people wouldn't). It runs like a dream now. I just put in an old 100 mbit card i had lying around and am using that until (hopefully) a BIOS update addresses this.
I just found out that in my case (Asus a7v + promise Ultra100) the problem was solved by using older promise drivers (1.60 b33) instead of the newest. My problem was a lag (in mouse movement and video display) when accessing my hard drive.
Thanks for the tip on the Promise RAID drivers...i'll look for new ones.
That controller has been working fine for me since i took the boot drive off it. It is supporting another drive that works just fine...only seem to get this freezing issue when it's the C: drive.
One other issue with that board that i mention in another thread is, I also had to disable the onboard gigabit ethernet controller to get my USB audio (i use an Edirol UA-5 for making music) to work smoothly. I disalked it in the BIOS and replaced it with a 100Mbit ethernet card and all's fine now. (Unless you're doing music or other realtime intensive applications, you probably wouldn't notice this problem.)
Once i made these two changes i haven't had a complaint about the board since. I have done one BIOS upgrade at this point as well - don't know if it fixed either of these issues as my setup is still the same.
I have two machines with this board, 2.53 PIVs, originally with 1 Gb of PC2100, now 256 Mb on dealers advice. Both constantly and erraticaly stalling, requiring reboots. I tried everything, until... Saturday, in desperation, I fdisked a boot drive and reinstalled Windows 98 SE. What I then did not do was install any drivers from the supplied disk! Surprise, surprise, total stability!.
This drive is currently running on an ATA/100 socket. I plan to clone it using Drive Copy before attempting to switch it to a Raid socket running as ATA.
Unless anyone has any bright ideas, I plan to install the AC97sound driver next. What I attempt next? Well I'll watch this space.
Oh man... i couldn't find anything regarding the same issue that i had... but apperantly im not the only on...
Turns out i have the kind of mother board but different model....(GA-7DX+) and i guess what i need to do is change some things.. can someone help me with selecting the best method.. because there seems to be a few...
People, the topic of this thread is this particular motherboard. No point recommending others or advertising your website here.
It's my understanding that there is a BIOS upgrade for the Promise RAID controller, that should fix the mouse hiccups. It may not be available from Gigabyte however, you might have to get it from Promise.
Sorry, but i don't have any further info on this as i moved my 2 hard drives off the RAID and haven't had a reason yet to use it since. It might come up again someday and if i learn anything, i'll post it here.
I still have my stuck during reboot problems with that machine as well. It's been a while since i looked for a BIOS upgrade, i'll check again soon and see if they have anything new.
I just got done rebuilting my system that has an 8INXP board in it and I ran into the same issue.
I have two 200GB ATA133 Maxtor drives but am not using the Promise RAID functions but rather the basic ATA133 functions. This system worked perfectly before I rebuilt it the other day so I new that it issue had to be driver related. I always download the latest drivers from the manufactures website and this time that was the problem. http://www.giga-byte.com has the 2.00.1020.41 drivers and http://www.gigabyte.com.tw has the 2.00.1020.32 drivers. I downloaded the x.41 drivers from the US site and that was the problem.
To fix this issue you don't need to move your drives to the ATA100 controller just use the x.32 drivers from the following link.
May be related - I have a GA-7N400 Pro 2. Freezes on all my RPG's every 2.5 minutes for 8 seconds, the hard disk chugs and then it carries on till the next time. I've changed drivers, sound card and ethernet hardware. I shall try moving the disk. Im not using RAID.