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Old 09-24-2006, 01:12 AM   #1
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Linux compatible motherboard with SATA support

I'm going to build a computer for running Fedora or Debian Linux. I need to help to find a Linux compatible motherboard. Can anyone please suggest me a AMD compatible motherboard.

The motherboard should be compatible for the following components :

AMD socket AM2
SATA support
On Board video preferred (If there is no onboard video, I don't mind to buy a external video card)

I would appreciate any help on this.
Old 09-24-2006, 01:14 AM   #2
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Most will work fine, check the HCL. I have a DFI Lanparty mobo which works great.
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On-board SATA in Linux does not work well. Occuasionally it fails to respond and it flip-flops between DMA and PIO. On long term use, it corrupts data. I recommend go with PATA because SATA is not any faster than PATA. SATA is equal to PATA on terms of bandwidth.

nVidia, VIA, and ATI chipsets works in Linux, so just about any motherboard you can choose from. I suggest the following.

Abit NF-M2 nView

The Abit board provides better heatsink setup than GIGABYTE's boards. Also the Abit board provides an DVI connection.
Old 09-25-2006, 04:26 PM   #4
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Thanks for your suggestions Electro and cs-cam.
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I'm also planning to buy a motherboard. Browsing this forum, I've seen GIGABYTE GA-M55plus-S3G recommended by various users. I'd like to get GA-M55S-S3, which is basically the same as GA-M55plus-S3G but without integrated graphics and with nForce 550 chipset instead of nForce 430. I want this board because I'd like to get a nvidia 7600 card so I need a mobo without integrated graphics. But I wonder if GA-M55S-S3 is also well suported in Linux as GA-M55plus-S3G is, what do you guys think?

Thanks in advance!!
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I have the Abit KN9 Ultra (nForce 570 Ultra chipset), which so far has worked seamlessly under Debian Sarge. The installer detected everything it needed to in order to install over the net and everything worked out of the box, sound, ethernet, the works! I don't think there is a model with integrated graphics unfortunately, but I hope this helps.
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Old 10-20-2006, 11:57 AM   #7
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Guys, I am looking for GIGABYTE GA-M55plus-S3G linux drivers , can anyone please advice?
Old 10-20-2006, 12:07 PM   #8
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Drivers for what ?

Is there somethig specific that is not working ? Sound, Network, video ?

What Linux Distribution are you running ?

Need more information ..
Old 10-21-2006, 12:15 AM   #9
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Network is not working, no driver found..
Red Hat 4 EN

farslayer thanks for response!


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Using a gigabyte GA-k8vm800 which seems to work fine, socket 754
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That is problem with Redhat 4 Enterprise, but it seems that Marvel NIC chip that is used on GIGABYTE GA-M55plus-S3G is not yet supported. Since the motherboard comes with generous amount of PCI slots than other motherboards brands and models that I have seen, I suggest using a 100 Mb NIC like from Linksys. If you want Gb NIC, I suggest a VIA or a Realtek 8169 based NIC to keep the price low and it is not worth it to buy a 3com or an Intel 1 Gb NIC for a PCI slot.


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