[CentOS] motherboard recommendation

Thomas Harold tgh at tgharold.com
Fri Jun 1 11:56:19 UTC 2007

Feizhou wrote:
> Thomas Harold wrote:
>> Robert Thompson wrote:
>>> Feizhou wrote:
>>>> That sounds like a board with a buggy bios. For the same reason, I 
>>>> will avoid Asus boards since I have resort to noapic or apci=off 
>>>> parameters to get them to run stable.
>> Which Asus board?  And how old is the BIOS?  We've had good results 
>> with the M2N-E and M2N32-SLI Deluxe motherboards and Linux 2.6.  The 
>> M2N32-SLI had some rough edges early on until Asus released a proper 
>> BIOS for the board.
> Asus is finally getting their apic tables setup right? great.
> A8N-VM

Pretty sure I haven't tried running Linux on one of those.  That's a 
socket 939 ATX board with PCIe and we only own one (which is a A8N-VM 
CSM GeForce 6150 running WinXP).

I don't exactly remember which BIOS revision of the M2N32-SLI Deluxe has 
issues... but at the time I was running Gentoo and the Gentoo boards 
contain a good deal of information about motherboards.  Once Asus 
released a good BIOS for it, I dropped Xen 3.0.2 on it and left it alone.

I also had an A8V motherboard (socket 939, VIA K8T800Pro chipset) that I 
used for about a year with a 2.6 kernel.  The M2NPV-VM boards (microATX) 
also seemed to work (at least with the Xen 3.0.0 or 3.0.1 LiveCD which I 
was using to test APIC issues on the M2N32-SLI Deluxe motherboard).

(We've developed a familiarity for the Asus AM2 motherboards, so they're 
the primary choice for us on the workstation / desktop side.  Plus they 
have zero moving parts and a decent feature set.)

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