Linux Kernel support for Asus P5QL-E? Especially SATA
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After buying the board and expecting it to work, I found that networking is not supported by kernel 126.96.36.199 (Debian Etch and a half).
A ton of other strange stuff has cropped up:
lspci shows pretty much all the north bridge and system components as UNKNOWN DEVICE
I see only one CPU of the two cores I got and the RAM of 2 GBs, is reduced to 1 GB.. very strange, I have never seen anything like this on Linux.
Does anybody have pointers? Do I need a SMP kernel for multi core? I thought that today, kernels got merged and are now all SMP ready...
Or do I misunderstand something about Debian Etch and a half?
The system was a standard Debian Etch on which I installed the 2.6.24 kernel in order to get SATA support (2.6.18 does not support the P5QL-E SATA controllers at all)
Answering my own post, because either nobody knows or cares:
The case of only one CPU and only 1 gbyte memory is my fault:
I used the i486 kernel that has no SMP code, you need to use the i686 at least, then all memory and the two cores get recognized.
About the HW:
Only Kernel 2.6.25 and up recognizes the whole HW and most important of all, the ethernet interface, which is a
attlansic or something banana brand. Gosh, next time I buy a Mobo I will make sure that I get a more recognized NIC. It was not even a cheap board.
I am always amazed at the endless wealth of HW manufacturers that seem to be appearing out of nowhere.
For me, many ugly memories getting working drivers for Linux on these HW.