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Old 10-30-2006, 10:19 AM   #1
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Linux Compatible Motherboard?


Hi. I currently have an Intel DG965RY motherboard. Apparently there is a problem with it's IDE ports and Linux - the cdrom doesn't work. I really want to learn and use Linux, and I was thinking of switching from intel to AMD.

How do AMD processors run in Linux compared to intel? More compatible, less compatible, no difference? Also, if anyone has any good motherboard recommendations (newegg) it would be greatly appreciated. Right now I'm looking at some motherboards from ASUS, Biostar, and Abit. I'm a little worried though, because before my 965 I thought that Linux could run on any motherboard, so I need some help!
 
Old 10-30-2006, 11:29 AM   #2
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Apparently there is a problem with it's IDE ports and Linux - the cdrom doesn't work.
have you made a thread regarding this specific issue? if not, search for your MB here and post the issue in the appropriate forum for your cd drive. also specify the distro you are using or trying to install.

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How do AMD processors run in Linux compared to intel? More compatible, less compatible, no difference?
i would say no (linux-specific) difference.

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Also, if anyone has any good motherboard recommendations (newegg) it would be greatly appreciated.
search the HCL here.

good luck!
 
Old 10-30-2006, 11:29 AM   #3
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You can look at the HCL here. A couple months ago I built a box using an Abit IL8 from Newegg. It works great and runs a 64-bit Pentium 4 w/ Hyperthreading. No problems so far, but I had to pass a special argument at boot: for the installer to find the CD-rom (the onboard chipset makes the IDE CD look like a SATA CD). But it's pretty nice...
 
Old 10-30-2006, 12:17 PM   #4
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have you made a thread regarding this specific issue? if not, search for your MB here and post the issue in the appropriate forum for your cd drive. also specify the distro you are using or trying to install.
Two, actually. A little while back.

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...d.php?t=486545

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...d.php?t=489166

I've pretty much exhausted all options, and been through several cd-rom drives.

I'm looking at installing either Archlinux, CentOS, Fedora, or Linux From Scratch. I'll probably use one of the first three for a while, then when I'm more proficient and get the hang of things try to work with LFS.

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You can look at the HCL here. A couple months ago I built a box using an Abit IL8 from Newegg. It works great and runs a 64-bit Pentium 4 w/ Hyperthreading. No problems so far, but I had to pass a special argument at boot: for the installer to find the CD-rom (the onboard chipset makes the IDE CD look like a SATA CD). But it's pretty nice...
One of the boards I was looking at was an Abit KN9. That's strange it tried to recognize it as a SATA drive.


I'll be sure to check out the HCL.
 
Old 10-30-2006, 12:39 PM   #5
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That's strange it tried to recognize it as a SATA drive.
Yeah, I'm not really sure why. But even now that it's installed, my secondary hard drive (which is IDE) is /dev/sdb and my CD drive is /dev/scd01 or something like that (I'm not in front of my box right now). But it all works fine. You just might struggle with the install until you find the distro specific boot parameter to pass the installer....
 
Old 10-30-2006, 10:59 PM   #6
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Oh trust me, my past experience trying to get Linux working via cdrom has gotten me all too familiar with boot parameters

The HCL doesn't have any AM2 motherboards listed.
 
Old 11-04-2006, 03:26 PM   #7
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Haha! Linux finally works! And it was all due to my motherboard....

The Abit KN9 nForce 4 Ultra am2 is working B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L-L-Y!

How do I add this to the HCL?


Oh yea, and what's the command for viewing hardware information (ram, cpu, etc.)?

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Old 11-04-2006, 08:28 PM   #8
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most of the info can be accessed by the files in /proc/, alot of info in there check it out!

good work
 
Old 11-06-2006, 11:48 AM   #9
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First, Congratulations!
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How do I add this to the HCL?
Go to the HCL and near the top is "Submit New Product". It's pretty easy, but will take a few days for the fine folks of LQ to review it before posting it. Be sure to include the output of /sbin/lspci which will list all your hardware.
 
Old 11-06-2006, 12:13 PM   #10
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Oh yea, and what's the command for viewing hardware information (ram, cpu, etc.)?
lshw generates a nice hardware list.. may not be installed by default.
 
Old 12-05-2006, 05:37 AM   #11
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'm looking at some motherboards from ASUS

I failed to install ubuntu 6.0 and Fedora 6 on ASUS K8N4-E (not the Deluxe).
I could install on a K8V-MX.
 
  


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