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Old 11-25-2005, 11:15 PM   #1
jaevans
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what hardware to avoid for desktop machines?


Greetings all,

I am going to build a desktop server for home and am looking for advice on what hardware to avoid, i.e., what won't work at all. In particular, I am looking for chipsets and video chipsets/boards that cause the most heartache or don't even work at all with Linux.

I am not one (at least at this point in my life) to be on the bleeding edge of technology or speed. I pride myself often with being on the trailing edge.

So just a few pointers as to what to stay away from would be helpful.

PS - I run Fedora Core 4 on my Averatec/Sotec 3120X and it suits me fine.

john
 
Old 11-25-2005, 11:28 PM   #2
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Do NOT get an asus a7a266 motherboard, or a similar one with alimagick1 chipset.

If you can, get an MSI motherboard, they're great.

If you can, get an Nvidia card. But you can get ati cards too if you want. I have no current issues with my radeon, atleast. Other than lack of tv/input support for linux.
 
Old 11-26-2005, 02:41 AM   #3
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Re: what hardware to avoid for desktop machines?

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Originally posted by jaevans
I am not one (at least at this point in my life) to be on the bleeding edge of technology or speed. I pride myself often with being on the trailing edge.
This is helpful because hardware that is (perhaps) two years old and older is much better supported, as adequate time has passed for the community to write some decent drivers for it.


Edit: I would try to stay away from Intel "integrated" video, and I second the Nvidia recommendation. For any hardware you're unsure about just search these forums and see what others have done. Be sure to check the HCL (Hardware Compatibility List) on this site as well.

Edit2: Now that I've been thinking about it Trident is also great for video. Many, many wired network adapters are supported. If I had to choose though, I'd find something by 3com. But really a whole ton of various network adapters are supported.

Last edited by STrekFan; 11-26-2005 at 03:01 AM.
 
Old 11-26-2005, 08:54 AM   #4
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thanks much - these are good and much appreciated pointers.

john
 
  


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