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Re: Is ASUS A8V Deluxe OK for Linux?



On Friday September 16 2005 22:50, Dirk wrote:
> It's the [ASUS] A8V-Deluxe
>
> Does anyone know if this MB has problems with Linux (or the other way?)

The article linked below says that you'll probably have to hunt for working 
network drivers, and there's also a mention of problems with kernels below 
2.6.12.

> Before I had the P5RD1-Deluxe (Intel CPU) but it was too hot (noisy)
> because I needed 550Watts to make it stable.

Make sure as hell that you get a Venice core. Most if not all retailers I know 
have the core revision mentioned in their listings. Compared to a P4, a 
Venice core runs on thin air. Also, make sure to get a good power supply. 
There was a test in a recent c't. Read it if you can get it.

> Are VIA chipsets in general OK for Linux or do they suck for some reason?

VIA is usually the "better supported chipset" when compared to nvidia. 
However, with some knowledge and well-choosen hardware you'll be OK in any 
case.

> I WANT an Athlon64 3200+! Maybe there is a better MB available?

I got an MSI Neo4 Platinum for my X2 4200 (yeah, maybe I'm just answering to 
show off, but what the hell :-P) after reading this:

http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-338363.html

This one runs quite well like the article says 'though the Marvell NIC still 
doesn't seem to be recognized in kernel 2.6.13 and the PCI-ID database in 
that kernel still shows 16 onboard PCI devices as "unknown".

Be aware that my system started to work well only after an update to the most 
recent BIOS 1.9, which may or may not be trivial to update without something 
DOS- or Windows-based -- the BIOS doesn't have that nice built-in flash tool 
and floppies are actually not recommended. Up to this revision, I had 
horrible problems with USB input devices when the system got busy (see 
another one of my recent posts on this list about it). That issue might not 
come up on a non-SMP system.

A *big* downside of that MSI board is the chipset fan. It's a little 30 or 
40mm *turbine* running at 7000 RPM, which is not so nice. Also, that sucker 
is located right where the graphics card is venting its waste heat. So if you 
want some more powerful card, make sure you get a model that vents to the 
outside of the case (or use an aftermarket void-your-warranty solution like 
Arctic Cooling's VGA Silencer).

Otherwise, the board layout is somewhat useful. You get a 2xPCIe (4x socket, 
open) and a 1xPCIe slot *above* the PEG slot and three PCI slots, one of 
which should be kept free so that the graphics adapter can breathe.

Back to ASUS, one of their boards, a P4 board, didn't get away too well in a 
review in c't because it had a ridiculous power consumption at about two 
times of what its contenders disspated.

Also, look out for oversized cooling solutions like ABIT has on their 
l337-g@m0r Fatal1ty boards. If they don't indicate some strange heat source, 
they still mean a lot of unnecessary noise but seem to be a necessary source 
of coolness for "enthusiast" equipment. Really, fans are today's 
blinkenlights. Some ABIT boards use a heatpipe to keep the chipset cool, 
which is a nice solution since it means the board doesn't have moving parts.

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