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Old 06-25-2007, 05:37 AM   #1
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Question about Changing Hardware and using the old Debian


I am currently planning on doing a major Hardware upgrade however I am worried about doing the upgrade and still using the same Debian I used before. My current hardware is (the one Debian is currently running on):

AGP Nvidia Geforce 5200FX
AMD Athlon XP 3000+
512 DDR 333 RAM (two of 256)
ASRock K7VM3 Motherboard
One IDE 250GB HDD

Now I am planning on upgrading to something like this:

Intel lga775 D915GAV Motherboard
Intel 3-3.2GHZ CPU (Model yet undecided)
Some simple PCI Express Nvidia Geforce Card(haven't chosen one yet but I want something simple&cheap yet still capable of running equal or better graphics then 5200FX)
1GB DDR 400 RAM (2 512, and also I might include the two 256 DDR 333 from my old computer assuming it wont cause problems)
Possibly buying a SATA HDD (and make it run alongside my old IDE HDD)

now basically the thing that worries me is how Debian will react to such a change (AGP->PCI Express, AMD->Intel and motherboard switch in particular) furthermore can anyone tell me if the Intel lga775 D915GAV Motherboard is Linux compatible, and where I can discover if a specific Hardware is compatible with Linux
 
Old 06-25-2007, 08:20 AM   #2
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Etch should have no trouble. Sarge will probably run into problems.

A side note: Look for a dual-core CPU. AMD has some really cheap ones now.
 
Old 06-25-2007, 08:56 AM   #3
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I agree. However, it may be wise to start from scratch, removing obsolete and other unused packages in the process. Just a thought, it's not nessecary.

I ordered a basic PC for about 270 Euro's (approxx 350 USD) in a Dutch webshop. Asus barebone, cheapest AMD X2 proc, 2x 1GB RAM and a XFX Geforce 7300LE videocard. You should be able to find a similar deal for about the same price or less.
 
Old 06-25-2007, 09:39 AM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by 2Pacalypse
I am currently planning on doing a major Hardware upgrade however I am worried about doing the upgrade and still using the same Debian I used before. My current hardware is (the one Debian is currently running on):

AGP Nvidia Geforce 5200FX
AMD Athlon XP 3000+
512 DDR 333 RAM (two of 256)
ASRock K7VM3 Motherboard
One IDE 250GB HDD

Now I am planning on upgrading to something like this:

Intel lga775 D915GAV Motherboard
Intel 3-3.2GHZ CPU (Model yet undecided)
Some simple PCI Express Nvidia Geforce Card(haven't chosen one yet but I want something simple&cheap yet still capable of running equal or better graphics then 5200FX)
1GB DDR 400 RAM (2 512, and also I might include the two 256 DDR 333 from my old computer assuming it wont cause problems)
Possibly buying a SATA HDD (and make it run alongside my old IDE HDD)

now basically the thing that worries me is how Debian will react to such a change (AGP->PCI Express, AMD->Intel and motherboard switch in particular) furthermore can anyone tell me if the Intel lga775 D915GAV Motherboard is Linux compatible, and where I can discover if a specific Hardware is compatible with Linux
You don't say what you are running for a kernel if using a Debian kernel then you should be good for the upgrade depending on how new it is, if using self compiled then you would need to make sure you have compiled the support for the chipset(s) on motherboard, processor ... Your SATA should work as I believe that board has the ICH7 controller on it which should be well supported your idea for the old ram hopefully should work as long as the processor is a 533 one and not a 800 FSB otherwise you would need to start screwing around with the speed and timings. You might want to consider a DDR2 based board with the dirt cheap prices on that ram at the moment you can probably get 2gb of it for the amount you would pay for the 1gb DDR and the same processor will fit in either board for the video get some like a 6600 or better anything less and you will not be getting any boost in the graphics area. I like to use http://www.google.com/linux and put the model name/number of anything I want to buy into it and put Debian on the end then start reading to see of any problems with compatibility.
 
Old 06-25-2007, 10:12 AM   #5
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I have an Intel D915GUX and Intel seems to have good Linux support. Google the model number and you'll find some Intel pages about it. It does seem to have issues though, if you try to run a SMP kernel.
 
Old 06-26-2007, 09:54 AM   #6
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From what I know 99% of all Intel type motherboards are supported (and Intel itself is one of Linux's supporting Companies) Now I am not worried about the Hardware compatibility, Since I'm only using supported hardware, I only worry how the OS will react... from What I did understood Etch (What I currently have) wont have probs and as long as the Kernel Version support the hardware its going to work too... If I am mistaken then please correct be but so far no problems are predictable

P.S.

Im running a 2.6.18 Kernel... and although Im not sure I believe it supports SATA and all these things
 
Old 06-26-2007, 11:32 AM   #7
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I'd just use the 2.6.18 kernel that comes with etch. It's 99% likely that you won't have any issues with your hardware. This kernel of course supports "SATA and all those things".
 
Old 06-26-2007, 11:37 AM   #8
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You'll probably have to reconfigure xorg.conf and also mess with udev a little bit to get the new ethernet NIC named "eth0". By default, udev will give any NIC it sees with a new MAC address a new unique name--like eth1 instead of eth0. This behavior is really stupid, of course, because 99.999% of the time when there's only one NIC in the system, it's just the user changing/replacing the NIC.
 
  


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