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Old 10-15-2008, 03:05 PM   #1
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Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-DS4H

Have any of you tried the Gigabyte Mobo GA-MA790GP-DS4H, specifically with Debian/Ubuntu. What results did you get with this card when playing back DVDs, and what video mode were you using? (1080i? 1080p? something else?)

Any comments or advice gratefully received, I'm about to buy one of these for a general purpose/Media Centre server, to run 24/7 and replace my Digiboxes, my dvd player and vcr, my stereo, radio, etc, etc, unless anyone can tell me there is something better at the price (just over 100)

Oh and while you're thinking along these lines, what about the ASUS M3N-HT Deluxe/HDMI...same questions as above

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Old 10-15-2008, 07:59 PM   #2
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Hi. I think the first thing you should consider is if the kernel supports the chipsets used.

See my tag for hardware details.

I have had this system for 6 weeks and it took quite a while to sort out who used what.

There is a definite conflict with the names of the asus chipset.

It uses a 730a MCP78 chipset, and still now it identifies it as a gf8200, which is a graphics card.

A variation of this board has integrated graphics, a gf8200 (sli capable). Mine does not.

My Gigabyte graphics pci-express x16 v2.0 is registered as an asus and was fubar for a while.

0605 does not exist yet in the pciid database. (hmm, new version is out today)

Mandriva Hardware manager...
Vendor: ‎nVidia Corporation

Description: ‎Device 0605

Media class: ‎VGA compatible controller

Bus: ‎PCI

PCI domain: ‎0

Bus PCI #: ‎2

PCI device #: ‎0

PCI function #: ‎0

Vendor ID: ‎0x10de

Device ID: ‎0x0605

Sub vendor ID: ‎0x1043

Sub device ID: ‎0x82f2

Module: ‎Card:NVIDIA GeForce 6100 and later
Vendor: ‎nVidia Corporation

Description: ‎MCP78S [GeForce 8200] Co-Processor

Media class: ‎Co-processor

Bus: ‎PCI

PCI domain: ‎0

Bus PCI #: ‎0

PCI device #: ‎1

PCI function #: ‎3

Vendor ID: ‎0x10de

Device ID: ‎0x0753

Sub vendor ID: ‎0x1043

Sub device ID: ‎0x82f2

Module: ‎unknown
and as you may see here, a piece of hardware has no module.

I for one am glad you are researching first.

BTW, I am using the nVidia .run package for graphics (770.80).

I have a feeling nVidia are too busy cleaning up after the HP laptop failures to pay attention to small time buyers.

Good luck, Glenn

ps, It is a similar situation in m$win on my system (dual boot), I can't get any bios info from the graphics card and there are no update for the mobo (asus) or the 3d graphics (gigabyte).

some specs I have correlated...(graphics)
	    NVIDIA GeForce GPUs

NVIDIA Vendor ID 10de

GPU				Device PCI ID

GeForce 9800 GX2 		0x0604
GeForce 9800 GTX/9800 GTX+ 	0x0612
GeForce 9800 GTX+ 		0x0613
GeForce 9800 GT			0x0614

no match for...
GeForce 9800 GT			0x0605
gpu core G92
Vendor ID: ‎0x10de (NVIDIA)
Device ID: ‎0x0605 (not listed)
Sub vendor ID: ‎0x1043 (wrong, should be GigaByte, 1458)
Sub device ID: ‎0x82f2 (not listed)

sub vendor/card Manufacturer
Gigabyte	1458
Asus		1043

NVIDIA GPU GeForce 9800 GT (G92) at PCI:2:0:0 (GPU-0)
Memory: 524288 kBytes

 	Linux x64 (AMD64/EM64T) Display Driver

Version: 177.80
Operating System: Linux x64 (AMD64/EM64T)
Release Date: October 7, 2008
Old 10-16-2008, 10:00 AM   #3
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one of the motherboards in this test is the Gigabyte you are looking at, running Debian Testing.
Processor: AMD Phenom 9950 Quad-Core Processor @ 3.31GHz (Total Cores: 4)
Motherboard: Gigabyte Co. Ltd. GA-MA790GP-DS4H
Chipset: AMD
System Memory: 1761MB
Disk Space: 58GB
Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 3300 Graphics
Screen Resolution: 1280x1024
OS: Debian testing
Kernel: 2.6.24 (x86_64)
X.Org Server: 1.4.2
OpenGL: 2.1.7659 (fglrx)
Compiler: GCC 4.3.1
File-System: reiserfs
and while they did not review that board directly they did review the chipset, and a similar board with the 790 chipset..

Should give some indication..

P.S. the newer kernel in testing is probably necessary for that chipset. The 2.6.18 kernel in Etch may not support that board.. I can't say for sure though

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Old 10-22-2008, 03:43 AM   #4
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My Choice...

OK, after much hair tearing, research and volumes of Java (the wet sort, not the code!), I think I'm going to go with the Abit AN78GS

That may seem odd, after I had asked about the other cards, but I just heard about this one, and in a matter of a few minutes, it seemed to tick all the boxes.

Warnings and caveats would be welcome...stop me before I do something stupid, I'm too stupid to stop myself



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