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  • Will this rig work well with linux?

    Hi!

    I just wanted to know if anyone knows whether this combination will work when assembled and whether all parts are supported by linux:


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    *Corsair Powersupply 550W Bulk, black, ATX/EPS, 120mm fan, 4xSATA, SLI
    *Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L, P35, Socket-775, ATX, GbLAN, DDR2, ICH9, PCI-Ex16
    *Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 2.5GHz 1333Mhz
    *Corsair TWIN2X 6400 DDR2, 4096MB CL5, Kit w/two matched CM2X2048-6400 Dimm
    *Western Digital Raptor 74GB SATA 16MB 10000RPM
    *Western Digital Caviar GP 500GB SATA2, 16MB 7200RPM
    *XFX GeForce 8800GT 600M 512MB GDDR3,PCI-Express 2.0,2xDVI,8-layer,black PCB
    *Optiarc / NEC DVD-brenner AD-7191S-0B / SATA LightScribe, bulk
    I am especially worried about the mobo

    Any suggestions are highly appreciated.
    Thank you very much in advance

  • #2
    Originally posted by MasterOfNothing View Post
    Hi!

    I just wanted to know if anyone knows whether this combination will work when assembled and whether all parts are supported by linux:


    Code:
    *Corsair Powersupply 550W Bulk, black, ATX/EPS, 120mm fan, 4xSATA, SLI
    *Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L, P35, Socket-775, ATX, GbLAN, DDR2, ICH9, PCI-Ex16
    *Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 2.5GHz 1333Mhz
    *Corsair TWIN2X 6400 DDR2, 4096MB CL5, Kit w/two matched CM2X2048-6400 Dimm
    *Western Digital Raptor 74GB SATA 16MB 10000RPM
    *Western Digital Caviar GP 500GB SATA2, 16MB 7200RPM
    *XFX GeForce 8800GT 600M 512MB GDDR3,PCI-Express 2.0,2xDVI,8-layer,black PCB
    *Optiarc / NEC DVD-brenner AD-7191S-0B / SATA LightScribe, bulk
    I am especially worried about the mobo

    Any suggestions are highly appreciated.
    Thank you very much in advance
    Using a LiveCD from Debian based distros will go a long way in helping you decide if things are being detected, I would try sidux or kanotix and then watch
    the bootup and see if any serious errors develope.
    You really should visit www.sidux.com and their IRC the users there are friendly and very knowledgable and
    will give you pointers for what ever direction you need to go and besides you will learn a lot about Linux as well. good luck.

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    • #3
      Thank you for your reply!

      Although, I haven't bought the above rig yet. I just wanted to check the compatibility with linux so I am sure to buy something that actually works

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      • #4
        I am planning to buy the same motherboard, graphic card, and CPU in 3 weeks. When you put it all together, it would be great if you could post your results here. I will try to do the same once I buy mine. From what I have read, there should be no problems.

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        • #5
          I'm running Ubuntu on a Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3R with an Intel E6600 and the same Corsair TwinX memory and the combination loves Linux. No issues at all. You're going to have more trouble getting the nVidia Linux drivers for the video card installed than you will with the motherboard itself.

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          • #6
            I just got the rig, assembled it and tested it with Ubuntu (since it has the best HW-detection out of the box).

            I just made a couple of adjustments: Instead of Seagate I got a 500GB WD (7200 rpm) and baught a Samsung DVD-burner.

            Everything works and is *amazingly* fast and responsive.

            The nvidia 8800GT card was nothing the latest driver couldn't fix (although it is still listed as "unknown device" in lspci). glxgears gives me ~21000 fps at default window size.

            Compiz is fast most of the time, unless you stress the system - then the animation gets a bit choppy.

            Harddisks work fine. Setting AHCI-mode in BIOS was not necessary for the HDDs to work. I have not tested IDE though. Compiling is now unbelievably fast on the Raptor with 10k rpm.

            Sound works fine too.

            So, thanks for the help everyone

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            • #7
              As promised, here are my results. I hope this will be helpful for those who are thinking of buying similar hardware.

              Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 CPU
              Gigabyte EP35-DS3L Motherboard
              4GB DDR2 RAM, 800mhz
              e-VGA Nvidia 8800GT 512mb

              I installed Ubuntu 8.04 64 bit with no problems. When I first logged in it promoted me to install the restricted driver for the graphic card. It installed without any problems.

              I have a dual monitor setup and had to edit my xorg.conf file to enable Twinview. Other than that, no problems.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by MasterOfNothing View Post
                Hi!

                I just wanted to know if anyone knows whether this combination will work when assembled and whether all parts are supported by linux:


                Code:
                *Corsair Powersupply 550W Bulk, black, ATX/EPS, 120mm fan, 4xSATA, SLI
                *Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L, P35, Socket-775, ATX, GbLAN, DDR2, ICH9, PCI-Ex16
                *Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 2.5GHz 1333Mhz
                *Corsair TWIN2X 6400 DDR2, 4096MB CL5, Kit w/two matched CM2X2048-6400 Dimm
                *Western Digital Raptor 74GB SATA 16MB 10000RPM
                *Western Digital Caviar GP 500GB SATA2, 16MB 7200RPM
                *XFX GeForce 8800GT 600M 512MB GDDR3,PCI-Express 2.0,2xDVI,8-layer,black PCB
                *Optiarc / NEC DVD-brenner AD-7191S-0B / SATA LightScribe, bulk
                I am especially worried about the mobo

                Any suggestions are highly appreciated.
                Thank you very much in advance

                No worries dude. Linux will support this config.

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                • #9
                  question:
                  why did you choose the ds3l model of the motherboard instead of ds4?

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                  • #10
                    Well ICH9 is cheaper than ICH9R. Fake raid and 2 sata ports more has ICH9R. I would not say that DS4 is the sister board but it is DS3R (ICH9R). DS4 has one pci-e slot more and one pci slot less. When you want to use 2 ATI cards with crossfire and Win you can use it, otherwise the 2nd PCI-E slot is useless - PCI cards are more often needed.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Kano View Post
                      otherwise the 2nd PCI-E slot is useless - PCI cards are more often needed.
                      I wouldn't say that, nowdays soundcards, raid controllers, tv cards and nics are coming out in pci-e flavors. Nothing is limiting you to using the 2nd PCI-e slot to only a SLI/Crossfire setup.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                        I wouldn't say that, nowdays soundcards, raid controllers, tv cards and nics are coming out in pci-e flavors. Nothing is limiting you to using the 2nd PCI-e slot to only a SLI/Crossfire setup.
                        I can only talk about sound cards and wireless cards (I don't pay attention to tv/raid cards) whilst there are 1 or 2 pci-e versions about (only sound cards I know are the Asus DX and D2X) the majority are still PCI based. I doubt we will see many cards going pci-e only in the next 2-3 years so you may as well go with PCI slots as currently it'll be easier to find hardware using a PCI card and I don't think it's going to be phased out for a while yet so it shouldn't be a problem in the life span of this build.

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                        • #13
                          however, i believe intel only "supports" hotplugging on ICH9R

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                          • #14
                            Hotplug with SATA is no problem when you only ADD new devices. But removeing is not so good. Adding works with basically every controller.

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                            • #15
                              i have removed an sata disk while running, and put in another sata disk on that port, on my ich9r, it worked, however, i kept getting angry messages from libata untill i did insert the disk..

                              im wondering, is there anything one must do before pulling out disk? i googled for ~10 min but was unable to find any usable information.

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