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Old 02-15-2008, 04:43 AM   #1
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New Intel motherboards do not support Linux?


Many old Intel motherboards supported Linux. However, many new Intel motherboards (e.g., DX38BT) no longer support Linux.

Has anyone tried Intel motherboard DX38BT with any distro/kernel of Linux? Has it worked?


A support page at Intel's web site shows a table of Intel desktop boards and supported OS's. According to that table, the following Intel desktop boards do not support Linux.

D5400XS
DX38BT
DQ35MP
DQ35JO
DP35DP
DG33BU
DG33FB
DG33TL
DG31PR
D975XBX2
D975XBX
 
Old 02-15-2008, 06:36 AM   #2
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They are not exactly normal boards...

DX38BT (Bonetrail) is an X38 chipset gaming board. (In linux, it is the chipset that counts.)

Here's a review of it's performance with linux:
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...item=871&num=1
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However, with both of these Intel X38 motherboards we have experienced excellent results on Linux. On both Fedora and Ubuntu we hadn't run into any hardware compatibility problems or any other issues.
These guys are selling the exact mobo in a box, and they list Ubuntu 7.10 as a possible OS.

So, at a cursory glance, it would seem you are 100% supported.

I've been looking for anything definitive on the intel site which lists OS support for their mobos. Only got: http://www.intel.com/products/deskto...oard/index.htm which only lists Vista compatibility level or nothing. http://compare.intel.com/pcc/default.aspx?familyID=12 dosn't list OS at all.

Looking at the 5400 as well... it would appear that linux should run this board better than windows, IFAIK: linux can get all the apps running on it to take advantage of the full 8 cores, but the benchmarks show that few windows apps can do this. This would be dependant on the proprietory drivers being available.

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Old 02-15-2008, 07:09 AM   #3
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Well I have installed SuSE 10.3 on both a

D975XBX2

DP35DP

Not only were they well supported but they worked flawlessly with every hardware item being properly recognized and the correct drivers installed.

I am typing this on the D975XBX2 with 4 gigs of DDR2 an SATA DVD Burner, and a q6600 quad core processor.

I have never had a better motherboard for Linux.

I just sold DP35DP with a e6850 core duo to a friend and he has never been happier.

They are excellent boards for Linux.
 
Old 02-15-2008, 08:00 AM   #4
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Yeah... just because it doesn't say "linux compatible" doesn't mean it ain't.

Had a s'mlar 'sperience wi' mp3 player - low end cheapskate, turned out t' play ogg/vorbis. Did not mention this anywhere in the docs. Mind you: in my day we used to have to challenge manufacturer to pistols a' dawn t'get linux compatability, an'all in six feet of snow. And we were grateful... <mumble>.
 
Old 02-16-2008, 05:43 AM   #5
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Thanks, Simon and Bruce.

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Old 02-18-2008, 02:10 AM   #6
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What about Intel G33 chipset?

Is G33 also very compatible with Linux? Has anyone successfully run Linux on a G33-based motherboard like Intel DG33TL or Asus P5K-VM?
 
Old 03-15-2008, 04:43 PM   #8
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Hello,

I'm having many difficulties to install an run debian etch (AMD64) in a motherboard DP35DP + intelQuad6600.

After many attempts, I installed the system turning off acpi and using IDE emulation to SATA HDs (this allow the DVD writer to be recognized). Besides these problems the system recognize I have a Quad but only brings up one processor core (total of 4). I'm using a SMP kernel, to allow multiprocessors, but ...

If it's necessary I can post the dmesg output or other informations.

help...
 
Old 03-15-2008, 06:14 PM   #9
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Sounds like a jmicron issue I had a few months back on a Gigabyte mobo (different chipset).
If you want "latest-and-greatest" hardware, you need (fairly) recent kernel. For me ISTR it was probably circa 2.6.22 - you may need even later.
 
Old 03-16-2008, 04:22 AM   #10
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http://www.openfree.org/forums/showthread.php?t=18244
... you certainly need a recent kernel - however, this is a report of f7 installing happily, so f8/9 should be fine. Though a recent release of Etch should be OK, try Lenny.
 
Old 03-17-2008, 03:46 PM   #11
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I did a mistake whan I was writing, my motherboard is a DQ35MP. Sorry Simon and thans for the link.
I will try to update bios and the kernel.
 
Old 04-01-2008, 01:59 PM   #12
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Hello,
My Bios and kernel are updated. motherboard DQ35MP - Bios 0757 [JOQ3510J.86A] and kernel 2.6.18-6-amd64-k8-smp.
Debian do not recognize 4 cpu cores. See bellow ...

cat /proc/cpuinfo

processor : 0
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
cpu family : 6
model : 15
model name : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz
stepping : 11
cpu MHz : 2388.063
cache size : 4096 KB
physical id : 0
siblings : 1
core id : 0
cpu cores : 1
fpu : yes
fpu_exception : yes
cpuid level : 10
wp : yes
flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm syscall nx lm constant_tsc up pni monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 cx16 xtpr lahf_lm
bogomips : 4788.37
clflush size : 64
cache_alignment : 64
address sizes : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

What sould I do? Thanks.
 
Old 04-04-2008, 09:47 AM   #13
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http://suseforums.net/index.php?showtopic=41593
... did you install with acpi=off?
 
Old 04-04-2008, 07:16 PM   #14
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Simon,

Yes, I used acpi=off in the installation. I will try to remove it from boot options (as I read from the suseforuns) and add pci=nommconf. There is a link in this suseforum that explain how to do the modification in the menu.lst file.
Thanks.
 
Old 04-07-2008, 12:45 PM   #15
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Thanks Simon,

Now the server load 4 cpu cores.
 
  


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