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Old 03-20-2013, 04:41 PM   #1
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Recommendations for Linux compatible PCI & PCIe expansion cards

Doing a custom-build, and in process of picking between eight legacy motherboards. None are perfect. Each will require expansion cards to add one or more of the following:
1. Firewire
2. USB 2.0
3. PS/2
4. eSATA
Top priority is that the cards 'just works' with Linux (i.e. I'm a newbie, and do not want to fuss with it to make it functional, recompile kernel, etc.). I'll be trialing various legacy distros, mostly Ubuntu & Debian-based...all having kernel 2.6.29 (or prior). If you need more info, just ask.

I'm mostly looking for user-recommendations of brands/model numbers of cards they have (or had), that worked without I can track them down.
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I'm mostly looking for user-recommendations of brands/model numbers of cards they have (or had), that worked without I can track them down.
Excuse me saying it, but things just work, as a rule. Most cards are read as the correct device, provided there isn't interrupt issues. There is a kernel module for anything significant, which will handle a range of cards. Some always need shoehorning anyhow. There's an _awful_lot_ of cards been made over the years and it is unreasonable and inefficient to seek to build a database in this way.


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