[clug-talk] Good linux compatible motherboards?
Gustin at echostar.ca
Tue Aug 22 21:26:02 PDT 2006
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Craig McLean wrote:
> It has been awhile since I posted, how is everybody doing?
> I need to buy a motherboard for a Socket 939 Athlon 64. My main requirement
> is that it have 4 DIMM sockets, and excellent Linux compatibility. Does
> anybody have any recommendations? A lot of the cheaper motherboards are
> based on various Nvidia chipsets, with a few ATI offerings scattered around.
> How are they for compatibility? I have no problem going up market and
> buying something with a Via chipset on it, I know there stuff works, however
> I also like to save money.
> Any experiences would be appreciated.
I have an ASUS based around the nforce4 chipset that works fine under
linux. The Nvidia GigE NIC works but the second "Yukon" GigE NIC does not.
I would stick to a 32bit distro, 3rd party drivers tend to work better,
there is better software selection.
I also have a cheap compaq desktop kicking around the office that is
based around the ATI IXP with an integrated 200m video card. This
machine works well as a workstation but do not expect much from the ATI
binary drivers for video. The open source radeon driver seems to work
ok in 2d. As much as it pains me, there are some smoking deals on the
Best Buy web site for refurbed machines exactly like this. Clients of
mine have bought a total of 5 of these so far (all 939 pin, 2 are dual
core, all were ridiculously cheap), and they seem to be working well.
Hope this helps,
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