Mine is rock solid with dual processors.
> It's rock solid when booted using uni-processor kernel.
Did you use XP or MP processors. Do you have at least a 400W PSU ?
> Also, hdparm reports the drive as udma2 even though it's udma5.
> IDE performance as measured by hdparm is terribly slow even when compared
> to what it should be using udma2.
AMD76x IDE is a new feature in 2.4.19pre. That supports UDMA100
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