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Old 05-18-2007, 10:39 PM   #1
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Choosing a supported intel motherboard


(Cross-posted to another forum, hope that isn't against rules here.)

Hi. I'm in the process of selecting hardware for a new box that will run Gentoo (probably kernel 2.6.20, why not), and so far I've selected the processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (FSB 1066 MHz, 4M L2 cache, 2.4 GHz, LGA775, and obviously two cores). Now I'm selecting a motherboard, and am a bit lost in what to look for in terms of linux compatibility.

Do I select a chipset first, and then a manufacturer and features? Or does the chipset not matter that much? Are there any chipset or motherboard brands that I should look for or outright avoid when considering maximum compatibility with linux? I currently have two semprons with a pair of MSI K7 board that have worked well for me, so I'd like to stay MSI if there's no compelling reason to choose another brand.

If you have any thoughts or know of any good places to read up on this, let me know.

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Old 05-18-2007, 10:58 PM   #2
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Specify the chipset first, then features. Get the vendor to suggest several and then google them by name and manufacturer. Try to get boards that are about 6+ months old. Look through the HCL on LQ

The manufacturer matters less than the chipset where Linux is concerned as there are no backroom deals with the OS maintainer. Strongly suggest intel everything.

I did this myself very recently and selected constraints on chipset (intel), processor (P4 or core2), and price (NZ$500 but prepared to go a bit over) ... beyond that, it needed to be able to take existing RAM, IDE drives and AGP card.

Ended up with E4300 core2 duo and asus p5pe-vm ... 100% compatible, no install issues, and didn't even need that agp card as onboard 3D is sufficient. So, I have no (zero, zip, null, nada) proprietary thingies at all.
 
Old 05-20-2007, 04:27 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. I'm getting closer to picking one out.
 
  


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