[CentOS] New System Build

John Summerfield debian at herakles.homelinux.org
Wed Mar 14 14:35:22 UTC 2007

Feizhou wrote:
> John Summerfield wrote:
>> Feizhou wrote:
>>>> I generally prefer Asus motherboards, I quite like Via chips and SIS 
>>>> works well too (but it is low-spec).
>>> I will give Asus second thoughts because their BIOS sucks, I will never 
>> Specifically, what's wrong with the BIOS?
> APIC tables or ACPI issues. I have seen many reports of needing kernel 
> parameters to get stability on various Asus boards that are apic or acpi 
> related besides having first hand experience with one particular board.

As I recall, ASUS uses a variety of BIOSes. I'm typing from one that has 
a Phoenix, and another here has an AMI BIOS.

One has PCI quirks, the other doesn't. How serious they are, I don't 
know, but it works well.

>>> ever touch a VIA board again (I have a socket A VIA board for my home 
>> One bad VIA experience?
> FYI, the linux kernel developers have code specifically just for 'Via 
> Quirks' which are reverse-engineered from what I see on LKML. If you 
> like to trust VIA's mucking about with the PCI bus or what not to get 
> some 'short cuts' without releasing data about this behaviour then be my 
> guest.

There seems to be special "quirks" code for several chipsets. The 
several computers I've owned that use Via chips all work. I've also 
heard good reports of their 17cm square cards, some with embedded Via CPUs.

Neither your experiences nor mine mean a lot; mine have been good and 
when I'm buying my next mobo it will probably be Asus.



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