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browny_amiga 07-22-2008 04:53 AM

Linux Kernel support for Asus P5QL-E? Especially SATA

I am am building a Software RAID server (Linux software RAID 5) and have the following board in my sights:

Asus P5QL-E, Intel P43, Socket 775, 1333FSB, EPU

Now I got no idea how well Linux is supported on it. The most important detail is for me the SATA support.

The board is using these chips supposedly, I have no idea how new this mobo is and if I am going to enter a world of pain or if everything is going to go without a hitch.

ICH10R: 6xSATA-II (RAID0/1/5/10), JMB363: 1x ATA133, 1x eSATA

Needlessly to say, I don't need support for all the gizmos that the Mobo offers, Audio for example does not matter, since this is going to be a server.

Does anybody run Linux on this Mobo?
My target distribution that I want to run is Debian Etch.

thanks for any pointers


bigrigdriver 07-24-2008 06:09 PM

This might answer your question of SATA compatibility.

browny_amiga 07-25-2008 08:23 AM

[solution] Linux Kernel support for Asus P5QL-E? Especially SATA

Originally Posted by bigrigdriver (Post 3225417)
This might answer your question of SATA compatibility.

Thanks, that solves my problem!

browny_amiga 09-04-2008 06:11 AM

No solution, more problems...
After buying the board and expecting it to work, I found that networking is not supported by kernel (Debian Etch and a half).
A ton of other strange stuff has cropped up:

lspci shows pretty much all the north bridge and system components as UNKNOWN DEVICE

I see only one CPU of the two cores I got and the RAM of 2 GBs, is reduced to 1 GB.. very strange, I have never seen anything like this on Linux.

Does anybody have pointers? Do I need a SMP kernel for multi core? I thought that today, kernels got merged and are now all SMP ready...

Or do I misunderstand something about Debian Etch and a half?
The system was a standard Debian Etch on which I installed the 2.6.24 kernel in order to get SATA support (2.6.18 does not support the P5QL-E SATA controllers at all)


browny_amiga 09-17-2008 05:15 AM

final solution
Answering my own post, because either nobody knows or cares:

The case of only one CPU and only 1 gbyte memory is my fault:
I used the i486 kernel that has no SMP code, you need to use the i686 at least, then all memory and the two cores get recognized.

About the HW:
Only Kernel 2.6.25 and up recognizes the whole HW and most important of all, the ethernet interface, which is a

attlansic or something banana brand. Gosh, next time I buy a Mobo I will make sure that I get a more recognized NIC. It was not even a cheap board.
I am always amazed at the endless wealth of HW manufacturers that seem to be appearing out of nowhere.
For me, many ugly memories getting working drivers for Linux on these HW.


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