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Recommendations on newer motherboards working with Debian?

	Dear Friends,

	My ole, trustworthy computer seems to be having problems
	lately (its got some problems with the video card -- it's
	freezing while I'm in X and I'm starting to doubt that the
	memory chips are ok -- and its battery is dead).  :-(

	So, I'm looking for a new computer and it seems that an Abit
	KA7-100 motherboard is a good place to start along with an
	Athlon processor (the board specs are amazing -- but then, I'm
	really not a hardware person).

	However, I've tried to do my homework and it seems to have
	some problems running Linux (e.g., people seem to be having
	trouble getting UDMA to work or trying to get sound cards
	sharing interrupts with NICs when KA7-100 is used).

	In light of this, I'd like to know what your experiences with
	this motherboard and Debian are: is it a "dangerous" purchase
	or can I buy it without any worries? Is it stable? Should I
	look for something else? What? An Asus K7V?

	I'm not well-versed with hardware in general and I'd like a
	little hand helding. Of course, the first thing I'll do when I
	get a new computer is to install Debian (and nothing else) and
	recompile a 2.2 kernel probably with some patches -- so I have
	no problems if, say, current versions don't work, but fixes
	are expected soon.

	I'm really interested in any feedback and other
	recommendations. Please post to the list.

	Thank you very much for any pointers, Roger...

  Rogerio Brito - rbrito@iname.com - http://www.ime.usp.br/~rbrito/
     Nectar homepage: http://www.linux.ime.usp.br/~rbrito/nectar/

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