I’ve had an AMD E350 system for over a year, which I use as my primary HTPC. However, in that time I’ve always had ocasional stability issues where the system would lock up, reboot, and fail to find the primary HDD. At first I put this down to the HDD — a Seagate Momentus XT, which was known to be unreliable when it was first released. Since Seagate released update firmware however the drive has seemed to operate fine, although I couldn’t rule it out. I also updated the BIOS of my Asus E35M1-M Pro and updated all the drivers I could find, without fully resolving the issue.
I always suspected there was an issue with the SATA drivers for the motherboard but Asus haven’t released updated ones. I eventually found that there are updated drivers available from AMD. Installing these has completely fixed my stability issues at last. If you need to update drivers for an E350 (or similar system) then ou need to download the AMD chipset drivers. I can’t find an internal link to these on AMDs download page, but a bit of googling eventually turned it up. At the time of writing the latest version is 12.6 — the same as the current latest catalyst video drivers.
Updated Oct-2013 with updated link
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