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Re: Athlon MB

On Fri, Jul 20, 2001 at 02:30:09PM -0000, Benjamin Story wrote:
> Last night my MB got fried by a power surge so I'm in the market for a new
> board.  I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for an Athlon board that
> plays well with Linux.  My hardware guru recommends the Abit KT-7, but I'm
> leery of the fact that it has a high point UDMA controller on it.  I'm hoping
> to simply plug in my current Mandrake 8 installed hard drive.

I'm running an Asus A7V on both our webserver and on our firewall.  I think
you still have to patch the kernel to get the ATA100 support working for
the Promise controller, but it's not hard, and it's cool to have 4 IDE
channels instead of just 2...  The web server hasn't been rebooted since
I installed SuSE (yeah, I should update the kernel, but I'm lazy and "it
ain't broke").  I personally don't like Abit boards, but that's based
mainly on my BP6 and it's crappy stability.  Anyway, uptime and hdparm
on the machine with a 30G IBM ATA100 Drive (password prompts deleted):

root@newwww:/var/log/apache > uptime
  9:37am  up 115 days, 15:34,  5 users,  load average: 0.02, 0.05, 0.00
root@newwww:/var/log/apache > ssh -l dsauer uptime
  9:23am  up 136 days, 21:47,  2 users,  load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00
root@newwww:/var/log/apache > ssh hdparm -tT /dev/hde1
 Timing buffer-cache reads:   128 MB in  0.70 seconds =182.86 MB/sec
 Timing buffered disk reads:  64 MB in  1.80 seconds = 35.56 MB/sec

I feel good about recommending that board.  Their new board, the A7V233,
may have eaten 768MB of my RAM.  I'm waiting for a replacement, so I'm
still undecided on it (it may have been my power supply).

BTW, *buy an APC UPS*!  APC is good about honoring their warrantee,
and they can be purchased at your local Best Buy/wherever for about the
same money as a new motherboard. :)

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