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Old 10-21-2004, 10:19 PM   #1
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Question Inter Motherboard D915GAVL - Linux Compatible?


Hello all,

I am going to diy a PC with the latest Inter Motherboard, Intel D915GAVL (915G). Please advise if all the embedded devices, such as Intel GMA900 onboard graphics, Intel High Definition Audio and 10/100 Mbits/sec LAN, are Linux (Redhat9) Compatible. Any recommendations for the latest all-in-one ATX motherboards that are Linux Compatible.

Thank you very much for your assistance.
 
Old 10-21-2004, 10:53 PM   #2
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Exclamation Linux Compatible.

I have a D915BPL and it is definitely not RedHat 9 compatible, out of the box, anyways.

SATA isn't detected properly, NIC isn't detected, sound doesn't work, FireWire is flaky at best. Stay away from these boards for a little while until some drivers begin popping up, they're very hard to get working. I haven't gotten mine even CLOSE to working yet.

-Sean
 
Old 10-22-2004, 05:57 AM   #3
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I suggest an AMD Athlon 64 motherboard instead of the INTEL 915 chipset. The reason for this is INTEL is not the fastest anymore. Also the processors for the 915 gets very, very hot. I'm a DIY computer builder. Never buy a motherboard just because it is pretty and it is loaded with features. Buy from brands like Abit, ASUS, Gigabyte. Buy the fastest hard drive like the Western Digital Raptor series. Never buy a hard drive just because of throughput speed if are using to run an OS. I suggest hard drives brands like IBM/Hitachi or Western Digital. Do not get Seagate or Maxtor because they use more processor time to handle their requests and they are slower than the ones that I suggested. The feature Intel High Definition Audio is a gimmick like all their technologies (hyperthreading, net burst, ops). Intel High Definition Audio is way of saying we are introducing 24-bit 96KHz quality sound though many sound cards already have this. The rated memory speed like DDR400 does not mean 400 MHz (2.5 ns) in real world conditions. Its something like 333 MHz or 366 MHz. You should use 433 Mhz (2.3 ns) memory if the memory bus speed is set at 400 MHz. By using faster memory, you increase the hit states and decreasing the wait states in the computer. Do not always buy a faster processor unless you are video encoding, graphics processing, and gaming. A faster processor does nothing to access files if the hard drive is slow. I hate to say this but Highpoint SATA controllers is the only company that provides open source drivers for kernel version 2.4.x and 2.6.x

I would wait until the AMD Athlon 64 motherboards comes out with PCI Express. What I read ABIT is introducing a PCI Express motherboard for Athlon 64 by the end of October or November.
 
Old 10-25-2004, 11:10 AM   #4
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Buy the fastest hard drive like the Western Digital Raptor series. Never buy a hard drive just because of throughput speed if are using to run an OS. I suggest hard drives brands like IBM/Hitachi or Western Digital. Do not get Seagate or Maxtor because they use more processor time to handle their requests and they are slower than the ones that I suggested.
And apparently speed is all that matters. If you're looking for a fast hard drive that's backed by the manufacturer, don't get a Maxtor. 1 year warranties? WTF is that? Apparently they realize they make crap and don't want to deal with people returning drives 2-3 years from now.

Buy Seagate or WD. They have good warranties b/c they believe in their products.

Stay away from Maxtor and IBM/Hitachi. Maxtor gives crap warranties and IBM offloaded their crappy drives to Hitachi so they could focus on what to do best: building high powered servers for the enterprise market.
 
Old 10-25-2004, 08:01 PM   #5
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reconciledthief, in 2001 hard drive manufactures including Seagate have to state a 1 year warrenty because of competition. Now hard drive manufactures are increasing the warrenty back to 3 years. All manufactures believe in their products.

I have a IBM/Hitachi hard drive. I have 75GXP that is lasting me for over 4 years. I also have 120GXP that is lasting over 2 years. Both are fast at accessing files and they have very, very low latency.

Seagate IDE hard drives again uses more processor resources and they have higher latency than other hard drives manufactures even though DMA, 32-bit I/O, and unmaskirq is on. I have two 120 GB Seagate IDE hard drives. They pentalizes my computer when I use them. I recommend using Seagate IDE hard drives for backups not for desktop use.
 
Old 10-25-2004, 10:41 PM   #6
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Actually, Seagate (as of July 26th I believe) up'd their warranty to 5 years, not just 3 years. And that's on all drives, not just enterprise class SCSI drives; All Drives they make get 5 year wty.

And not everyone went to 3 year warranties--Maxtor has yet to do that on their OEM/Retail drives. IBM doesn't even make drives now because of the whole 75GXP issue.

Anyway, have fun with you're fast drives. I'll take reliability.
 
Old 05-09-2005, 09:13 PM   #7
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Re: Linux Compatible.

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Originally posted by themassiah
I have a D915BPL and it is definitely not RedHat 9 compatible, out of the box, anyways.

SATA isn't detected properly, NIC isn't detected, sound doesn't work, FireWire is flaky at best. Stay away from these boards for a little while until some drivers begin popping up, they're very hard to get working. I haven't gotten mine even CLOSE to working yet.

-Sean
That is because you are using a VERY OLD DISTRO.

Download a distro that comes with alsa 1.0.8 and a new kernel and you should have no problems. My Mandrake Linux 10.2 workes perfectly with my 915GEV motherboard with perfectly functional integrated audio & video.
 
  


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