I am just about to give this nForce2 board to the wife to play with in Windows. It's just not linux friendly at-all. First I spent a week (with Slack) trying to get the IDE controller to act right. I was getting 3mb/s disk reads
. After a hundred other hard drive tweaks and tests, I decided to compile 2.4.22 and see what happens. Much better now @ 50mb/s. But, the next issue I had planned to work on was the onboard sound only being able to play sound from one app at a time; i.e. if xmms is playing mp3's, NO sound from anything else. I already searched around quite a bit and have seen no solution for this other than nvidia releasing the code for their drivers or them actually making one that WORKS. After compiling 2.4.22 I have no sound at all. I got Slack working with the sound (half-assed anyway) on like 10 installs and several kernel compiles so I don't think I missed anything, but it don't work. Also, both onboard ethernet ports seem to not work anymore and I followed the same process for those as well (writing to you from windows
So, my question is: Do any of you have a comparable board to the ASUS A7N8X deluxe that actually works properly? Preferrably doesn't need closed source drivers? Because if you do, I am going shopping. I was reading that the KT400 chipset is more linux compatible like the Soyo dragon. All of the hardware supposedly plays well with linux, but I want to hear it from you users out there.
I already have a thread going in networking on the ethernet prbs, so if you happen to have a suggestion post there please.
This is more just a "what to buy before I throw the box through a wall" post.
edit: I know the nforce still beats the KT400 in speed, so another route might be to get a standalone soundcard (audigy) and a network card. What do you think? One advantage to getting another mobo though, is I can build another computer from the leftovers