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Old 01-22-2004, 01:23 PM   #1
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Asus A7V600 and Linux

I'm planning to buy an Asus A7V600 motherboard with the KT600 chipset.

My question is if it works with Linux. I have heard about problems with SATA, Sound, Lan and AGP and other say it works fine.

Does it work fine in Linux? I plan to use the latest 2.6 kernel in my system.
Old 01-28-2004, 10:05 PM   #2
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I am using an A7V600 mother board in Linux, Mandrake 9.2. I works fine right out of the box except few things. First, I couldn't have the network card works. I read an article saying that it works with 2.4 kernel and the driver provided by ASUS. Unfortunately, I couldn't get it to work, so I gave it up because I don't use wired network anymore. The second problem is KT600 is not recognized as KT600 but as KT400. I updated kernel to 2.6.1 but still it is not recognized as KT600. So, I guess even kernel 2.6 dosen't fully support KT600 yet. Another glitch of this board is usb_uhci time out error with USB scanner, specifically Minolta Diamge Dual III film scanner. I don't know whether this problem persists with other modle of scanner or 2.6 kernel. I didn't have any problem with this scanner when I use it with my labtop computer under same version of Mandrake linux. Except these problems listed above the mother board works fine.

As the last comment, this mother board can convert Athlon XP 2500+(Barton core) into 3200+ running at 2200Mhz. ;-)

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Old 03-30-2004, 10:13 AM   #3
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i have that board using slack 9.1 and i was wondering if you ever get any irq routing errors because i do, and they went away after i tried kernel 2.6.x but that makes my computer lag, have you had any of these problems?
Old 03-30-2004, 07:26 PM   #4
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My ASUS A7V600-based system has been running for about a month and so far: no sound, no onboard LAN and no SATA support under Fedora Core 1 (kernel-2.4.22-1.2174). My AGP card (ASUS V9520 TD 128) works fine. I did run into problems when the latest hwdata update came out, which might be related to AGP, but avoiding the update keeps the problem at bay.

No effort has been made to address the sound issue, since the system is being used as a low-grade server, but the ASUS downloadable patch looked fairly straightforward. The sound works fine under WinXP.

I pretty much donít expect sound to work under Linux. After a while, you get the idea that Linux systems arenít supposed to talk. I was actually shocked this week when I loaded Fedora Core 1 onto a system with an ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe (NVIDIA-based) motherboard and the sound worked!

The SATA problem will probably go away with kernel-2.6. I tried Fedora Core 2 Test 1(kernel-2.6.1-1.65) and the SATA drives were detected without any problems, but FC2 Test 1 was way too buggy to use. For now, I am running on a PATA drive. The SATA drives worked fine under WinXP as non-Raid, Raid 0 and Raid 1 (observed Raid 0 sequential writes of 77 MB/s under WinXP using two 200GB WesternDigital ďpseudoĒ SATA (IDE-to-SATA bridge) drives).

I tried installing the LAN drivers from the ASUS downloads, but three times got error messages that the 3C2000 was not detected/present. This one is a little annoying, because the onboard gigabit LAN along with the availability of Linux drivers was the final reason for picking this motherboard over several others. As I understand gigabit LAN, PCI-based gigabit NICs cannot run nearly as fast as the onboard gigabit, due to the limitations in the PCI bus transfer rates, so onboard gigabit is a really good idea. I havenít given up on the gigabit LAN yet, but donít have the time to mess with it right now. The onboard LAN works fine under WinXP and I am using a PCI-NIC for now under Fedora.

You might think that I would be disappointed with the motherboard. Not at all! As pointed out above, if you want to overclock, this is the board for you! As for the other problems, I have relatively low expectation from Linux when using ďmodernĒ components. My expectation under Linux is that more and more features will work as better drivers become available. If you want everything to work from the start, donít pick high-end components when you build, unless you can find 10 people who say the components work. Sad, but true.


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