When configuring my NAS I noticed that the ASrock C2750D4I behaves rather sloppy. Uptime never reached more than 24 hours.
Online I can find other people who are experiencing the same issues with this board: http://forums.tweaktown.com/asrock/56730-c2750d4i-stability-problems-2.html
This is how I made it stable (been running 7 days now without reboots)
A quick glance at the Intel website shows an update for the NIC:
Let’s install it:
cd ~ wget http://downloadmirror.intel.com/13663/eng/igb-5.1.2.tar.gz tar xvf igb-5.1.2.tar.gz cd ~/igb-5.1.2/src sudo make install
Edit the modules file and add ‘igb’.
sudo nano /etc/modules
Let’s check if it loads.
sudo modprobe igb
Reboot the machine and verify if the new drivers are loaded.
sudo reboot modinfo igb
filename: /lib/modules/3.13.0-24-generic/kernel/drivers/net/igb/igb.ko version: 5.1.2 license: GPL description: Intel(R) Gigabit Ethernet Network Driver author: Intel Corporation,
Last step cleanup the files.
sudo rm -rf ~/igb-5.1.2 sudo rm ~/igb-5.1.2.tar.gz
Disable Intel Speedstep
Disable your Intel Speedstep and C-Bit in the BIOS. The manual states that Intel Speedstep could ‘make your system unstable’. On this board, yes it does.
SATA cables + Boot disk to Intel controller
The manual recommended the use of the Intel RAID controller for OS disks. (Which I didn’t) So I swapped the SATA cable with a more expensive one (found some postings of people reporting e better stability using better SATA cables), and moved the boot disk to the Intel SATA controller.
These steps solved my instability with this board. Whilst on paper this board is the most awesome buy you could do (passive cooled, 12 SATA ports, quad core Atom, 20 Watt). In reality it’s as picky as a spoiled toddler. Definitely a not buy. At the price of ~€350 this is quite an expensive pain in the ass.
However, is there a comparable product?