[CentOS] Re: New System Build
subsolar at subsolar.com
Thu Mar 15 04:00:31 UTC 2007
On Thu, 2007-03-15 at 11:01 +0800, Mel wrote:
> > Slightly OT, but what are the best boards for CentOS (if any) and how do
> > ECS boards stack up?
> I strongly recommend staying away from ASRock boards.
> I recently had an MB die. The only replacement I could afford that was
> available quickly was an ASRock. I bought it and have been suffering
> ever since.
My daughter's system running FC6 on an ASRock P4i65G (intel 865G chipset
based) works fine ... onboard sound, video, networking, IDE & SATA. I've
been happy with their Intel chipset boards in the past.
> My old board had 3 parallel IDE devices. The new board can only support
> 2. OK. This is not special to ASRock. But ....
> I got 2 new SATA drives to go with it. I thought I would set them up in
> a RAID configuration. Was I wrong.
> This MB apparently has some special BIOS code that only works with M$
> software. There is NO Linux support for it. I found other references to
> this on the net.
> ASRock support simply replied to use the Nvidia drives from the Nvidia
> site. Well they didn't solve the BIOS problem. ASRock did not reply when
> I re-asked for their help.
> CentOS 4 will not recognize these drives.
> I am now using FC6 and booting with NODMRAID. By doing this I was
> finally able to use booth drives. If I don't use NODMRAID, I get device
> mapping and everything is fine until I reboot - there is that BIOS
> problem again.
The motherboard almost certainly uses "Fake Raid" and other than
initially booting the OS is pretty dim. This is the same as 99.9% of
all other desktop boards that advertize having RAID. The only boards
you see "Real RAID" are high-end workstation boards and server boards. I
would not fault ASRock for this.
It comes down to doing research as to what hardware is supported in your
distrobution of choice before buying the hardware. If you are using a
fairly cutting edge distro like Fedora, OpenSuSE or Ubutu and the
chipset is at least a year or so old your probably OK, but if you want
the latest wizz-bang chipset your probably not going to be happy trying
to install linux on it.
My personal preference is usually Gigabyte & ASRock for budget boards
and Tyan & ASUS for mid to upper range desktop boards.
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