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Old 07-15-2002, 10:29 AM   #1
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Building a new pc

I lost both pcs to a accident in the home now my questions is this how compatible is linux with large capacity hard drives? I was interested in getting a western digital 80-120gb hard drive with 8mb cache.

also i am looking into getting the asus 266-e with raid support has anyone ran into any problems with the board or hard drive recognition?

also how compatible is the plextor internal cdrw drive with red hat 7.3?

Your views on the creation of a screaming system will be appreciated.
Old 07-15-2002, 10:52 AM   #2
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I've got WD 80 gigs. Works great, no drivers etc needed.
Old 07-16-2002, 03:07 PM   #3
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Re: Building a new pc

also how compatible is the plextor internal cdrw drive with red hat 7.3?

EIDE drives should be OK. I installed an LG DVD drive and it wasn't on any linux-compatible hardware lists - in fact it still isn't, even though I've told 'em! Come to think of it, neither was my Sony burner, either...

Mobos are obviously a lot trickier, especially with chipsets from different companies and problems with particular chipsets. When I bought my Abit board (also unlisted) I did a hell of a lot of research and took my life into my hands and bought it anyway - but only because the only difference between that one and a listed board was the DDR support in the chipset. Even though Asus is a good brand, check as many hardware site lists as you can.......

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Could you list the exact board model number, there are 3 266Mhz fsb Asus boards thereabouts. A lot of them are using a Promise RAID/ATA133 Raid controller that has no support in 2.4.18, the RedHat 7.3 shipping kernel, which has been a bit of a headache here lately.

The CD-RW isn't an issue as the Linux cd burning software, all of which is based on cdrecord, forces scsi emulation, therefore bringing all the devices under 1 standard. Anything CD-RW and atapi can handle it as long as its post '99-ish, which is anything at all above a 10x.


Old 07-16-2002, 09:40 PM   #5
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your hardrive sounds good. The last pc I built has an 80 gig Western digital as well, 7200 rpms, it's decent...
I agree with you slecting an Asus board, most of them are all compatible with linux. But like finegan, I have too seen that problem appear here a couple of time lately. Just get your own kernel and compile everything you need,
However, if your cash is not too slim, you might even consider getting an asus mobo with scsi support, hehe, then get an ultrawide scsi hardrive, and you'll be flying!'s my setup on the computer that I use and works very well with linux...if you do try getting Adaptec scsi, most compatible with linux.
Also...try to avoid getting anything USB...that's evil stuff.\
goodie, goodie.

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On the CDRW, I believe and somebody correct me if I'm wrong but Linux will support any EIDE CDRW. On the hard drive, I seriously doubt you will notice the benefits of the larger cache. Look at prices of IBM 80 gig 7200RPM hard drives. Excellent hard drive and they're going for about $90! That is dirt cheap and my 80 gig IBM has been running flawlessly for about a month and half uptime on Mandrake. Would be longer uptime but that's when I bought it.


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