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Re: CPU recommendations

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On Friday 02 May 2003 3:44 pm, alex wrote:
> A bit off topic for this list but I haven't been able to find any up
> to date documentation about the relative merits of the various brands of
> CPUs especially for use with Debian. My only experience has been with
> the Intel P2 333MHz and I plan to upgrade with a new faster motherboard.
> Could someone offer recommendations for a motherboard and 1.5 to 2 Ghz
> CPU that perform well with Debian?   Cost is a consideration.

Depends what you want to use it for.  I have a server that is a p2 400 running 
every conceivable service for the home network and it barely breaks sweat. 
Its got 192MB mem and with 120GB of disk with lvm provides backup storage for 
everyone that wants it.

I have just upgraded my workstation from a athlon 900Mhz with abit k7a 
motherboard to a Athlon XP 2100+ and elite K7S5A for a total or approx £(UK 

I did this because the k7a seemed to be causing disc crc problems - (rumours 
of a bug in the via chipset).  I am reasonably happy with the new board - one 
or two small problems.  These are (and any comments from anyone are welcome).

a) There is a usb header on the motherboard. It seems to have the missing pin 
(to match the blocked off hole on the plug to go on it) on a different corner 
to the old motherboard - so at the moment I am down 2 usb ports (not that I 
have a need for them right now).  I wondering if is something to do with usb1 
v usb2.

b)  My case had connectors for the power light that was three pins wide (one 
socket, one blank socket, one socket) and the riser on the new motherboard 
only has two adjacent pins.  I am this missing my power-on light.

c) I am not using the onboard audio because I already have a Creative Labs SB 
Live, and my debian config is already set up for it.
I didn't bother to upgrade my 256Mb PC133 memory, although it is probably a 
bit on the slow side for this machine.  The motherboard supports both 168pin 
stuff (which my mem is) and the faster 184pin DDR stuff (but not both at the 
same time).
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Alan Chandler
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