Welcome to the most active Linux Forum on the web.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware
User Name
Linux - Hardware This forum is for Hardware issues.
Having trouble installing a piece of hardware? Want to know if that peripheral is compatible with Linux?


  Search this Thread
Old 03-04-2003, 09:07 AM   #1
Registered: Jul 2002
Location: Québec, Canada
Distribution: Mandrake 9.2
Posts: 43

Rep: Reputation: 15
What is your hardware?


I would like to know what is your hardware (motherboard, video card, etc.) and if it works great or if you had problems with it. If so, what was the problem and how did you solve it?

With this thread people who wants to buy new hardware could see what to buy and what to avoid.

Old 03-04-2003, 09:19 AM   #2
LQ Guru
Registered: Jan 2001
Posts: 24,149

Rep: Reputation: 269Reputation: 269Reputation: 269
Moved: More suitable in the Hardware forum
Old 03-04-2003, 09:45 AM   #3
Senior Member
Registered: Apr 2001
Location: Perry, Iowa
Distribution: Mepis , Debian
Posts: 2,692

Rep: Reputation: 45
abit kt7 mobo, AMD 1.2ghz t-bird, 512M pc133 memory,acer monitor, western-digital 40G. hd, sony burner,brand x floppy and 50x cdrom,epson c40ux usb printer, hp 5p scsi scanner fed by an adaptec 2906. soundblaster (ensonic 1371). triple booting SuSE,slack,deb. rock solid.
Old 03-04-2003, 10:11 AM   #4
Registered: Nov 2002
Location: 50'48''N - 4'21''E
Distribution: SuSE7.1 - SuSE8.1 - SuSE8.2 - RH6.2 - RH7.1 - RH7.3 - RH8.0 - RH9.0 - Fedora Core 1
Posts: 281

Rep: Reputation: 30
Motherboard :

INTEL Pentium4 2.0GHz 512KB

KINGSTON ValueRam 512MB DDR266

HERCULES 3D Prophet Radeon 9700PRO 128MB DDR


INTEL PILA8460C3 10/100 PCI

PLEXTOR 40x12x40

IBM Deskstar 80GB

MICROSOFT Explorer Optical USB

KINGSTON 6-in-1 USB Card Reader

... and everything works fine under RedHat 8.0, solid as a rock !

Have Fun !
Old 03-04-2003, 10:37 PM   #5
LQ Guru
Registered: Jan 2002
Posts: 6,042

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
AMD 700 MHz (512 Kbytes cache)
ABIT KA7-100
Four 128 MB SDRAM PC133 (KingMAX) = 512 megabytes
PNY GeForce4 420MX (64 megabytes) /w cpu junk fan
3Com NIC (3C905-TX)
Hauppauge WinTV GO (bt878 chip)

[Irelevant Hardware]
20 GB Maxtor (6E020L0)

No problems yet in Mandrake LINUX 9. I use it everyday. I have another system but its running puny Win98 on P4 2 GHz Northwood chip.

Both are running SETI in the background. Whats weird the P4 is two times faster than my AMD in SETI. If I get a 1.4 gigahertz AMD cpu it will be the same speed as my P4.

Unreal Tournament runs fine. I only play against bots.

NVidia modules runs fine. I don't understand why people have so many problems installing them. NVidia's documentation is more complete than other documentation that I read in the past.

In the past I had an 800 MHz AMD processor but it was glitching the software after it turn one year old. Right now its on vacation.
Old 03-04-2003, 11:23 PM   #6
LQ Guru
Registered: Jan 2001
Posts: 24,149

Rep: Reputation: 269Reputation: 269Reputation: 269
Okay, if you really insist, here is my list of hardware..


Tyan Tomcat i815e (S2060)
900mhz Celeron
Voodoo3 3000 16MB AGP Video
Maxtor 7200rpm 40GB
Maxtor 7200rpm 20GB
Teac Floppy Drive
Yamaha 24x CDRW
Toshiba 10x DVD
Linksys LNE100TX NIC
Soundblaster Live pci512
17" Viewsonic GS773
OS: Slackware 8.1


Trinity 450 (S2507S)
500mhz Celeron
Voodoo3 3000 16MB AGP Video
Maxtor 5200rpm 20GB
Toshiba 16x DVD
LS120 Floppy Drive
Linksys LNE100TX NIC
Soundblaster AWE32
17" Viewsonic A70
Canon N650U Scanner
Also adapters for mp3 player and digital camera.
OS: Slackware 8.0, Windows 2000


Tomahawk BX (S1856)
400mhz Celeron
ATi Expert98 8MB PCI Video
Maxtor 7200rpm 20GB
Iomega 4x4x16 CDRW
LS120 Floppy Drive
Linksys LNE100TX
OS: Slackware 8.0


Trinity KT (S2390) Motherboard
800mhz Duron
Diamond 16 MB AGP Video
Maxtor 7200rpm 60GB
Maxtor 7200rpm 60GB
Linksys LNE100TX NIC
OS: Slackware 8.1


Asus 97TX-E Motherboard
200mhz Pentium MMX
Western Digital 5200rpm 17GB
Generic 40x Cdrom
Realtek 8139 NIC
OS: Slackware 8.0


AST Bravo 5166
Pentium 166mhz
Ati Mach Video (I think)
Western Digital 5200rpm 2GB
Belkin Generic NIC
Builtin Soundblaster16
15" AST Vision Monitor
OS: Redhat 6.2

Computers without no name:

( These two Sun Sparc's I'm actually going to be giving to Finegan )

Parts lying around or not being used but still work:

4 - Pentium 200mhz
2 - Pentium 233 mhz
1 - 200mhz AMD K6-2
1 - 233mhz AMD k6-2
5 - Soundblaster AWE32
4 - Bestdata Hardware ISA Modems
1 - Unknown Winmodem
1 - Diamond 16MB AGP Video
2 - Voodoo3 2000 Accelerators
1 - Maxtor 1.75GB 5200rpm
1 - Maxtor 6GB 5200rpm
2 - 64MB SDRAM PC100
2 - 128MB SDRAM PC100
1 - External Zip 100 Drive
1 - 17' Viewsonic E771
2 - Asus PSP5A ATX Motherboards (currently selling on ebay)
2 - ATX cases
1 - Lexmark Z42 Printer
And some other misc parts like edo ram.. and such...

Damn, I think I need to get rid of some stuff... What do you think? I bet fin's list is much bigger than mine though
Old 03-05-2003, 07:31 AM   #7
LQ Guru
Registered: Aug 2001
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 5,700

Rep: Reputation: 72
Originally posted by trickykid

( These two Sun Sparc's I'm actually going to be giving to Finegan )
Its a 10 and a 20?!?!?! I was thinking an LX and a 5 or something, crap dude, guess at the postage, I'll paypal you that!

Originally posted by trickykid

I bet fin's list is much bigger than mine though
It is, but not by much, you've got a lot of gear on the side. There's no way I'm listing it all... here's the things that bugged me though:

SIS 735 chipset on an ECS board, can't get UDMA... it makes the drives flake, a pair of old 4Gigs. I'm going SCSI with an old 9.1 cheetah. I was having a similar problem for a friends machine with the same chipset, different board... an Epox I think, couldn't get the NTFS 60Gig's partition table to register right until I turned off DMA from boot. However, I can hdparm on his DMA for the Linux 4Gig drive?!?! This is with the u-name it kernels, 2.4.18-20, all of which had changelog SIS entries. Yes, they are different chipset revs.

Everything else I've got has succumbed to my powers... that has drivers. Maybe I'll list them today if I'm bored at work.


Old 03-05-2003, 10:16 AM   #8
Senior Member
Registered: Mar 2003
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Distribution: Gentoo / NetBSD
Posts: 1,251

Rep: Reputation: 45
VIA P4PB Ultra w/ 8x AGP Mboard
ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
SBlaster Audigy
P4 2.53 GHz
Kingmax 512 MB DDR 400
Samsung CD-RW
Sony DVD
Maxtor 80 GB HD w/ fluid bearings
Raidmax powersupply

Spent the weaking compiling / installing LFS. Everything is running real well so far except I'm having trouble getting the kernel's agpgart module to run on the mboard chipset. I found a patch for it that I plan on applying tonight. I hope it works... I'd hate to have to swap out the mboard. Other than that... no problems. Sound works great and the whole system is pretty quiet. Might have to get rid of the fan on the cpu though... makes too much noise.
Old 06-19-2003, 08:03 PM   #9
Registered: Jun 2003
Location: Northern California (NorCal)
Distribution: Ubuntu 7.04 and DSL/Puppy etc
Posts: 342

Rep: Reputation: 30
Tyan 2090 (845)Trinity M/B
P4-2GHz-400FSB-256cache Intel CPU
2x512MB-133MHz-ECC SDRAM Memory
GF4-Ti4600-128DDR VisionTek Video Card
IBM 80GigaByte ATA 100 Hard Drive
Hercules 6.1 Game Theater Pro Sound w/ext box.
Canon I320 USB printer
MS Optical Mouse with 2 side buttons (5 total)
This system is rock solid. However, I should have went with the 2099 (845E), which allows the 533FSB and access to DDR memory for later upgrades.
I get over 5000FPS on GLX gears w/NVidia drivers, and Unreal runs without flaws. I'm about to load the CounterStrike this weekend to see how that runs. GNOME and KDE run fine, but are such pigs that even on my system they 'look/feel' sluggish. The Herc (CS) sound card is 'fab'. I use a $19 v.92 win modem which 'works' (no extras there, and you get what you pay for).
(edit: Conterstrike is only a server, waaahhhh, so no go on that, also, I found out my i320 printer does NOT work with Linux at this time without commercial drivers, see further post for my new machine).

This is ironic that I find this thread after ordering the same M/B and it's on its way to me as we speak. I will wait for the patches, as the specs/tests look fine and give me an upgrade path from the 2ghz/400mhz cpu i've got now. Good luck on your adventure.

Last edited by faheyd; 08-08-2003 at 01:35 PM.
Old 06-20-2003, 06:54 AM   #10
Registered: May 2003
Location: Canberra, Australia
Distribution: openSUSE 11.3
Posts: 445

Rep: Reputation: 31
ASUS A7S333 Rev 1.04
AMD XP1800+
2 X 256MB Kingston PC2100 DDR
ASUS V7100 Pro MX400
Philips Brilliance 107P Monitor
Seagate Barracuda IV ST380021A 80GB
Seagate Barracuda III ST320414A 20GB
CMD 0649 UltraATA-100 PCI IDE Adapter
SoundBlaster Live 5.1 DE
NetComm Fast Ethernet 100Base-TX Adapter (RTL-8139)
Pioneer DVD-116 DVD-ROM
Lite-On LTR-40125S CD-RW
Microsoft IntelliMouse PS/2 Wheel Mouse
Kyocera Mita FS-1010 USB laser printer
Canon FB-630U scanner

Everything worked OK first up. The only trouble I had was with the sound, only because the mixer had it muted by default after the installation. The motherboard's working was a surprise, because the SiS 745 chip was not listed on Mandrake's hardware compatibility page as being supported; it has not had any problems at all.

<edit> Added Canon scanner.

Last edited by geoff_f; 06-20-2003 at 11:18 PM.
Old 06-20-2003, 09:11 AM   #11
Registered: May 2003
Location: Lisbon Falls, Maine
Distribution: RH 8.0, 9.0, FC2 - 4, Slack 9.0 - 10.2, Knoppix 3.4 - 4.0, LFS,
Posts: 789

Rep: Reputation: 30
See my sig for my main system. As for compatibility, everything works perfect, as far as I know. Someone mentioned a problem with getting the drive to run UDMA on a similar Mobo, but I have not had any problems.

I also have:

Gateway G6-350:
P2 -350 (I don't remember the mobo)
Quantum Fireball 20 gig HD
I have a full slack 9 install on it, and I am dual booting with Win2k server, and I have had no problems so far, but it is not my main system and I don't use it that much.

I have also pieced together a486 40 mhz with 8mb ram, and a 120 MB hd. Believe it or not, I have a running slackware install on this baby and have used it as firewall and LTSP.

I also have a toshiba T1000 laptop with a 286 and a 10 mb HD in it. The thing is mint, and I have just found a version of linux (thanks to LQ) that will supposedly run on it.

Old 06-27-2003, 01:56 PM   #12
Registered: Apr 2002
Location: NB, Canada
Distribution: Gentoo
Posts: 180

Rep: Reputation: 30
Main Box
Sorry about the ads :/
the mouse on that is a genius netscroll +eye .. really nice mouse

box often used:
Dell Dimension 4100
Pentium 3 coppermine @ 866
256 MB ram
20 GB hdd.
16x generic dvd-rom
8x4x32 LG cd-rw
Logitech Mouseman+ wheel. I hate it.
sblive value
Realtek nic.

system i will have in a few months
DFI LanParty NF II ultra
Athlon xp 3200+ w/ 400 Mhz FSB
GeForce 4 Ti 4600
dual 80 gb hdds..
Old 06-27-2003, 02:36 PM   #13
Registered: Jun 2003
Location: Northern California (NorCal)
Distribution: Ubuntu 7.04 and DSL/Puppy etc
Posts: 342

Rep: Reputation: 30
New Hardware:
Via P4PB-FL P4X400 chipset 400/533FSB Motherboard
(Firewire, USB 2.0, 10/100 LAN, 5.1 digital Sound, SPDIF)
P4-2GHz-400FSB-256cache Intel CPU
1x256MB-333MHz 2700 DDR Kinston Memory
GF4-Ti4600-128DDR VisionTek Video Card
20GB Maxtor ATA 100 Hard Drive (Linux)
IBM 80GigaByte ATA 100 Hard Drive (Win2K)
Hercules 6.1 Game Theater Pro Sound
(ext box with digital SPDIF in/out, USB, audio jacks)
Canon I320 USB printer
MS Optical PS2/USB Wheel Mouse with 2 side buttons (5 total)
Standard 3 case fans, you need the P4 Pwr Supply
and an 400watt UPS for a circuit breaker, Just in case.

I haven't run this one through its paces yet, but it boots fine. It'll be a while until I got time to burn this one in and test all the connections, sound outputs (I've got a bunch of those).
Hey, if you get this motherboard, you don't need anything else but a Vid Card, memory, and H/D, it's got it all on-board (and it's cheap too 80 bucks delivered), and you'll have an upgrade path too. My next step will be to get a 533FSB processor and 512MB DDR memory chip. That should make it a smoker, as right now, the 400FSB/256kb cache CPU is a slow pig on tests compared to current athlon/intel CPUs. Gee, 9 months ago, my 2.0Ghz CPU was state of the art....
Via P4PB-FL M/B via pricewatch, 80 bucks
DDR memory, 18 dollars using Circuit CIty rebates
Everything else on-hand from old system
Old 06-27-2003, 07:18 PM   #14
Senior Member
Registered: Apr 2001
Location: Plymouth, England.
Distribution: Mostly Debian based systems
Posts: 4,368

Rep: Reputation: 64
Abit K7A mobo
Athlon TBird 1.4Ghz processor
512Mb RAM (PC133)
NVidia GF2 (AGP)
PCI-IDE controller

HW+ DVD decoder card (not working yet )
USB Card reader (for my digi camera)
4 port powered USB hub on front (takes 3.5" bay)
fd0=1.44Mb floppy
fd1=Some old 5.25" floppy drive I found in my loft

hda=80Gb ATA100
hdb=40Gb ATA100
hdc=Aopen 10x40x DVD drive
hdd=not in use
hde=Liteone 48x24x48x CDRW
hdf=Iomega Zip250
hdh=not in use
hdg=not in use

PCCraps mobo
Intel PII-350
192Mb PC100 Ram
hda=Currently 6Gb
hdc=50x CD
ATI AIW Pro (not 128 version) AGP

For a more detailed breakdown of my Beast setup, check my sig.

Last edited by Thymox; 06-27-2003 at 07:47 PM.
Old 06-27-2003, 07:33 PM   #15
Registered: Oct 2002
Location: Mexico
Distribution: RedHat 9.0 and SuSE 8.1
Posts: 229

Rep: Reputation: 30
MB Intel D845EPT2
Pentium 4 2.4Ghz processor
512mb RAM DDR 266
1.44Mb floppy
1 Seagate HD 80 GB 7200 rpm
1 Maxtor HD 80 GB 7200 rpm
CDROM Sony 56x
CDRW Samsung 48*24*48
Keyboard Genius KB-06
Mouse Genius Optical
Host bridge: Intel Corp. 82845 845 (Brookdale) Chipset Host Bridge (rev 11)
PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82845 845 (Brookdale) Chipset AGP Bridge (rev 11)
USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB USB (Hub #1) (rev 01)
USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB USB (Hub #2) (rev 01)
USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB USB (Hub #3) (rev 01)
USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB USB EHCI Controller (rev 01)
PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82801BA/CA/DB PCI Bridge (rev 81)
SA bridge: Intel Corp. 82801DB ISA Bridge (LPC) (rev 01)
IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82801DB ICH4 IDE (rev 01)
SMBus: Intel Corp. 82801DB SMBus (rev 01)
Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB AC'97 Audio (rev 01)
VGA controller: nVidia Corporation NV11 [GeForce2 MX/MX 400] (rev b2)
Ethernet controller: Davicom Semiconductor, Inc. Ethernet 100/10 MBit (rev 40)
Communication controller: Tiger Jet Network Inc. Intel 537
Multimedia video controller: Brooktree Corporation Bt878 Video Capture (rev 11)
Multimedia controller: Brooktree Corporation Bt878 Audio Capture (rev 11)

Last edited by angelrod; 06-27-2003 at 07:35 PM.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Is a INTEL 56K V.90\92 Hardware-Based Modem a TRUE hardware modem? ElijahLofgren Linux - Hardware 2 01-27-2004 07:06 PM
How do you add hardware? (Esp. USB hardware) Travis86 Linux - Newbie 3 05-30-2003 11:24 PM
Hardware RAID PCI Card (Hardware?) MasterC Linux - Hardware 1 03-01-2003 01:19 AM
hardware? Quiz Linux - Hardware 1 06-01-2002 06:14 AM
Hardware chili Slackware 4 05-08-2002 09:05 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:41 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration