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Old 11-20-2003, 10:53 AM   #1
pjz
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Question Which motherboard offers most compatibility for Linux 9.0?


Hi-

I'm about to purchase a new computer. I have a limited choice
of the motherboard that will be in this new computer. I've had
minor difficulties with Linux 9.0 and my old, 1998-vintage
motherboard. I'm working through those, but would like to
know which motherboard offers the most out-of-box compatibility
with default installation scheme for Linux 9.0. It would help me
out a lot if I could find out which three motherboards are best
choices.

thanks
pjz
 
Old 11-20-2003, 12:13 PM   #2
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*cough*What the hell are you talking about, motherboard does not matter for linux, only devices, memory and processor.*cough*

Ps. try to stay away from built-in network, sound, and video. i've seen some driver issues with those. Find some cheap Pci/agp alternatives if you want no-problems linux installation. Oh, and stay away from GeForce cards.
 
Old 11-20-2003, 01:25 PM   #3
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Hello pjz,
Motherboard shouldn't really matter except for on-board devices (sound/video), which you'll probably want to not use anyway.

Also, you should know that there is not currently a linux 9.0, I believe you mean to say you have mandrake linux 9.0, or slackware 9.0, or some other distribution.
These things can be confusing sometimes, but you should know the difference for future inquiries where the distinction may matter.

If you have any other questions, please ask.
 
Old 11-20-2003, 01:59 PM   #4
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I'm using an asus a7nax 2.0 deluxe with mandrake 9.2,have also used fedora,an linux9.0 ,no problems,they have seem to picked up everything with the install.just stay away from pci modems an us external.they also work fine with my verizon dsl.
 
Old 11-21-2003, 12:47 PM   #5
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Guys:

thanks for the really great replies. It's just what I needed.
Apologies for not telling you: I meant RedHat 9.0. Totally
my bad: won't happen again.

BTW, on my old motherboard, I found that the printer port
didn't work so good with default configuration, that's why
I ask. I intend to go with plug in cards to bring my printer
on-line. Basically, I'm going to want 100 Base-T, dial up
modem, and printer. I have to have those things working.
Probably I can buy a card with those things on it, plug it in
and bring things up. Using the same old motherboard,
the printer DID work using RedHat 7.0. I sorta figured
that the kernel might not have defaulted to support printers
on that now-old motherboard.

Comments?

pjz
 
Old 11-21-2003, 12:54 PM   #6
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I sorta figured that the kernel might not have defaulted to support printers on that now-old motherboard.
I think it's more likely than the new distribution (Redhat 9.0) isn't set up for parallell printers as default. It might help if you tell us more about what things you have done to try to get it working. I'm really bad with printers (hey, I don't have one!) and I'm not too good with recent Redhat releases either, but others are.

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Basically, I'm going to want 100 Base-T, dial up modem, and printer
Before you buy anything, browse around and see if others have the same hardware and if they have had any luck getting it to work well. For 100Bast-T Ethernet cards I usually recommend cards based on the Realtek 8139 chipset. It's reliable, cards are often very affordable (about $10-15US), and it works great with most distributions straight out of the box.

Don't buy a parallell port card, you can probably get the onboard parallell port to work if you let us know more.

Håkan
 
Old 11-21-2003, 01:17 PM   #7
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Hi-

Some time ago, I started a thread concerning this problem entitled,
"Can't get my printer to work with RedHat 9.0". I found it again by
searching on my handle, pjz. It's got lots of gory details - maybe not
everything you might be interested in, but I'll answer whatever I can
and try just about anything that's suggested. The thread died out
because I was away from my computer for a few days - my first
child was being born!!!! :-) but, unfortunately, I couldn't stay on top
of the thread.

See what you think
pjz
 
Old 11-21-2003, 01:49 PM   #8
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Motherboard can make a difference if its using an unsupported chipset and such. But its rare as most are supported in that aspect and won't be affected. It's most likely any off-brands that might have some generic chipset that won't work so well with Linux, etc.
 
Old 11-21-2003, 02:03 PM   #9
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Check with Redhat's website to see if your choice of motherboard has at least been tested.
http://hardware.redhat.com/hcl/

Some chipsets have better linux support then others. Also be carefull if you pick out a motherboard with built in a SATA controller.
 
Old 11-22-2003, 01:47 PM   #10
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Guys-

thanks again. I should have thought to re-examine the
hardware compatibility pages presented by RedHat.
That was a great idea. I already have a modem that
works. My next deal is to get my printer up and running.
I need a new machine anyway for some work coming
up, and since they are so cheap, I figure that's the
path of least resistance for a newbie such as myself.
But, before I buy, I'll consult the compatibility listings.

You guys are great
pjz
 
Old 11-22-2003, 04:33 PM   #11
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also espon printer's are well supported under linux.
 
Old 11-22-2003, 08:02 PM   #12
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david312-

Thanks, but I've already got an HP 895cde printer. It worked with RedHat 7.0,
but I can't seem to get it to work with RH 9.0. It can't seem to find the parallel
port.

pjz
 
Old 11-22-2003, 08:13 PM   #13
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Congrats to PJZ on the newborn !! Am I the only one who saw that?

Good luck!!
 
Old 11-23-2003, 12:24 PM   #14
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Thanks. My newborn is in my arm as Itype this. Life is good.

pjz
 
Old 11-23-2003, 08:32 PM   #15
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congrats on the newborn.
 
  


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