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Old 07-15-2006, 05:18 AM   #1
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Unhappy Please Help: Which motherboard & CPU for Suse 10.1


I'm starting to loose hope. My Motherboard blow up and I have to buy a new motherboard, CPU and RAM, as the old CPU/RAM is to old to fit anywhere. I can't figure out which hardware is supported. I tried to compare cheap to affordable hardware (I'm on low budget) on the computer shop website I normally buy at, but it seems nothing is supported by suse 10.1 (looked at hw db on suse website).

I tried to find out which cheap/affordable HW I could buy, which will be supported by Suse 10.1. I have no glue about linux and would like hardware, which is supported.

I need motherboard (incl. video, sound), CPU, RAM
I will use my 3 harddrive, dvd-burner and cd-rom and tower case.

Could somebody suggest some very affordable motherboard and CPU? Is really only the hw in the suse hw db supported by suse 10.1?

Old 07-15-2006, 05:42 AM   #2
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Don't think Suse is fussy with any motherboard or CPU and should go into any modern setup.

You problem is likely the onboard video, sound, network etc... which may be nonstandard items and Suse may not be able to match it with the generic drivers.

Having said that a user can always opt out the onboard equipment and add his own equivalent. It may cost money but not much as Linux generic drivers were written for the established hardware and getting the cheapest, hence the most widely used, replacement can always get Suse fire up in all departments.

For example if you have the latest Gigabit onboard network card that Suse can't kick start buying a 5 or US$8 Realtek Ethernet card can get the network back in no time at all.

I never had any problem of putting Suse into any of the computers. Think I have loaded various version of it in at least 5 PCs, all self assembled except the laptops.

In fact I world say all Linux are like that. Chances are if you install say 10 distros I expect a few of them will be able to work with all the onboard hardware, unless some of them are weird. Usually an all-in motherboard will not give you the latest technology but in cutting corners the onboard equipment may not always be standard generic items.

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Old 07-15-2006, 09:56 PM   #3
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I'm also in the mood for an upgrade.. by choice not disaster though, I currently run Slack & Suse 10.1 on an AMD 64 2800+ 754, 1gig DDR400, onboard NIC with a SB Live! soundcard & 6600GT AGP card... everything works great !!!

I'm gonna make the move to PCI-Express by way of a Biostar Tforce 6100 939 board and a AMD 64 3500+, after reading about this board and doing a little research I've found that the standard Nvidia drivers will work with the integrated 6100 (until I can afford a real card),I'll still be using my SB Live! audio card, the only thing I might not get working at 100% would be the Gigabit ethernet... but it will still work at 10/100 speed which is fine for me

So for the Mobo, CPU & a new power suppply to run everything it's gonna cost about $250 shipped from

With this setup i'll be semi future proof and it won't break the bank... sooooo check it out !!!

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I suggest Gigabyte GA-M55plus-S3G. It uses the new AM2 socket and it is passively cooled. Also it has 4 PCI slots, 3 PCIe slots, and on-board VGA. With this motherboard you can use a NIC, a sound card, capture card, PVR card with out any problems unlike other motherboards that includes PCIe. Usually motherboards that contain PCIe sacrifice PCI slots. Gigabyte GA-M55plus-S3G costs around 93 US dollars. Since it is RoHs compliant, it should be in any stores world wide.

I do not recommend motherboards from Biostar or MSI because they are crap. I suggest motherboards from Gigabyte and Abit. Asus is going towards being Windows dependent and they are not high quality as people have said.

Be careful selecting an AM2 socket processor because AMD uses integers to handle DDR2 clock. There are certain processor models that provides true DDR2-800 and others provides DDR2-667.

I recommend spend the money on a very, very good power supply and an inline UPS. For reliablity, I suggest selecting ECC memory. Unfortunatey there are only 533 MHz for DDR2 ECC memory.

All Linux distributions uses the same kernel even though some are proprietary. IMHO, Suse is a trouble maker if you want 3D hardware acceleration and other features. You have to apply a patch for both ATI and nVidia to install the software. I suggest go with Slackware or even better Gentoo.


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