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  • ASRock 775Dual-VSTA Motherboard

    Hitting our labs today were two more ASRock motherboards to put under our Linux microscope. The first motherboard was the ASRock 775Dual-VSTA. This motherboard is based on the VIA PT880 Pro/Ultra and VT8237A. It supports Intel LGA-775 processors up to and including the upcoming Conroe. Meanwhile, since it is part of the ASRock "Dual" series, it continues to boast support for both PCI Express and AGP graphics, as well as DDR1 and DDR2. For those that care about this feature, it is indeed Microsoft Windows Vista ready. Phoronix will have Linux compatibility notes and benchmarks in our usual motherboard review style in the upcoming weeks. Below are a few quick shots of this new ASRock 775Dual-VSTA motherboard.





    Michael Larabel
    http://www.michaellarabel.com/

  • #2
    DDR vs DDR2

    Hi..&nbsp; Congratulations, great site.<br><br>&nbsp; IMHO These Asrock "dual" mainboards can be a very good&nbsp; bussines workstation upgrade, because we can re-use our DDR and or CPU.<br><br>In this sense, I think that it will be interesting if&nbsp; a DDR vs DDR2&nbsp; with a single core (Pentium and Athlon) and&nbsp; with a dual cpu&nbsp; (P d,&nbsp; X2 and Conroe) shootout can be made (I know 10 reviews are a lot..) <br><br>Personally, I am considering upgrading my sysytem with a "775twins-HDTV v2", pending only the results of my research on the XGL-ATI xpress200 compatibility and configuration.<br>So being selfish, I will ask you, if you have any spare time, if you can make a&nbsp; Conroe&nbsp; DDR vs DDR2 performance review.<br><br>Thanks<br>

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    • #3
      Originally posted by jack
      Hi..&nbsp; Congratulations, great site.<br><br>&nbsp; IMHO These Asrock "dual" mainboards can be a very good&nbsp; bussines workstation upgrade, because we can re-use our DDR and or CPU.<br><br>In this sense, I think that it will be interesting if&nbsp; a DDR vs DDR2&nbsp; with a single core (Pentium and Athlon) and&nbsp; with a dual cpu&nbsp; (P d,&nbsp; X2 and Conroe) shootout can be made (I know 10 reviews are a lot..) <br><br>Personally, I am considering upgrading my sysytem with a "775twins-HDTV v2", pending only the results of my research on the XGL-ATI xpress200 compatibility and configuration.<br>So being selfish, I will ask you, if you have any spare time, if you can make a&nbsp; Conroe&nbsp; DDR vs DDR2 performance review.<br><br>Thanks<br>
      Thanks for joining the forums.

      I'll see what I can do about publishing some DDR and DDR2 performance numbers for Conroe. At the very least, I'll try to get some time to run those tests and at least pass them along on the forums if I am not able to get a full review done in time.
      Michael Larabel
      http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Michael
        Thanks for joining the forums.

        I'll see what I can do about publishing some DDR and DDR2 performance numbers for Conroe. At the very least, I'll try to get some time to run those tests and at least pass them along on the forums if I am not able to get a full review done in time.
        Thanks.. I will look forward to read your comments.

        Aug-09. I just saw a DDR vs DDR2 performance review using the Dual-Vista and Wos.
        The difference between good DDR-400 and DDR2-533 is minimal. I guess that Linux will achieve similar results.

        Regarding the 775Twins, looks like the Radeon IGP is not supported at this time under XGL-Compiz.
        Last edited by jack; 08-09-2006, 09:13 PM. Reason: Additional information

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        • #5
          I just bought the same board together with a Conroe E6400.

          I have tried to install Fedora Core 4/5 on the second SATA hard drive, but haven't had any success. The installation could not find any hard drive, even after I selected the sata_via module when prompted to "add devices".

          So I am very eager to know whether you or other members could have run into the same problem and how to solve it.

          Thanks!

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          • #6
            Same problem here. I was unable to run livecd's like PCLinuxOS MiniMe 0.92 and 0.93. All ends with "no ide channel" error.
            I have installed Vector 5.1 standard edition (kernel 2.6.12) but there were no DMA support I was unable to make it work with hdparm and reconfigured kernel.
            i found this I think it's a right diagnosis of a problem, but I wasn't able to patch any kernel including the latest 2.6.18. rc4 (mismatch in line 4).


            Btw updating BIOS to 1.70 does not help.
            Last edited by Sierra_Papa; 08-23-2006, 04:40 AM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by guotatofu View Post
              I just bought the same board together with a Conroe E6400.

              I have tried to install Fedora Core 4/5 on the second SATA hard drive, but haven't had any success. The installation could not find any hard drive, even after I selected the sata_via module when prompted to "add devices".

              So I am very eager to know whether you or other members could have run into the same problem and how to solve it.

              Thanks!
              Same problem here which is why you haven't seen the reviews yet. It should run with the Fedora Core 6 test releases. No work-around found yet for FC5.
              Michael Larabel
              http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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              • #8
                Ubuntu on this motherboard

                Originally posted by Michael View Post
                Same problem here which is why you haven't seen the reviews yet. It should run with the Fedora Core 6 test releases. No work-around found yet for FC5.
                Just an FYI on running Ubuntu on this motherboard and enabling DMA ont he IDE channels and 3d acceleration by hacking the AGPGART

                http://home.rochester.rr.com/msarnov...untuHowTo.html

                The files that replace the ones in the stock Ubuntu file are linked there as well and will probably work on other distros as well.

                Have Fun!

                CapnCaffeine

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by CapnCaffeine View Post
                  Just an FYI on running Ubuntu on this motherboard and enabling DMA ont he IDE channels and 3d acceleration by hacking the AGPGART

                  http://home.rochester.rr.com/msarnov...untuHowTo.html

                  The files that replace the ones in the stock Ubuntu file are linked there as well and will probably work on other distros as well.

                  Have Fun!

                  CapnCaffeine
                  Thanks for the tips. I finally managed to intall FC5 during the weekends. Here is what I did:

                  1. Plug an old IDE hard drive to the primary IDE port, which becomes hda.

                  2. Install FC5 on hda. Since DMA is not available during the installation, you really need some patience.

                  3. Boot FC5 from Windows XP using VMWare server which is free. I could have booted it directly, but the speed would be unbearable.

                  4. Download the kernel source RPM, modify the header file and the two driver files for DMA and SATA support. Compile the source and make install. The head file "pci_ids.h" is modified following the Ubuntu post, and the two driver files "via82cxxx.c" and "sata_via.c " are modified according to
                  http://forums.viaarena.com/messagevi...enterthread=y"

                  5. Now FC5 can be booted with DMA and SATA support. :-)
                  Last edited by guotatofu; 09-05-2006, 11:54 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Another review

                    Here is yet another review of Linux on 775Dual-VSTA. The upcoming 2.6.18 kernel will have proper support for at least ATA drives, probably SATA too.
                    Last edited by linportal; 08-29-2007, 04:16 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Just to save people the hassle of using old IDE drives, here's the way I got SATA to work unmodified:

                      Enter BIOS: Set the SATA controller to NON-RAID

                      When the install CD is booting, specify:
                      linux install all-generic-ide
                      The 'all-generic-ide' portion is the winner. Basically the kernel sees the PATA device controller, but it doesn't recognize it. By adding the extra kernel option, the kernel forcefully makes the SATA controller a generic PATA device. It should properly find any SATA hard-drives you may have plugged in.

                      PS: Having no end of troubles with FC6T3-x86_64. I'm reverting to 32bit in the hope that it'll fix my woes...

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                      • #12
                        dodgey pc...

                        can someone PLEASE help!!

                        Whenever my pc feels like it, it will start running unbelievably slow like all system resources are used up, and framerate in games like fear will drop from 130 to 30. it's driving me crazy. at first i thought it was faulty ram but i tested different ram and it still happens. Has anyone had this problem before? i really need help on this 1.

                        My specs are: this mobo, conroe e6400, 6800 gs agp 512, and 2xddr266 512mb

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jazza711 View Post
                          can someone PLEASE help!!

                          Whenever my pc feels like it, it will start running unbelievably slow like all system resources are used up, and framerate in games like fear will drop from 130 to 30. it's driving me crazy. at first i thought it was faulty ram but i tested different ram and it still happens. Has anyone had this problem before? i really need help on this 1.

                          My specs are: this mobo, conroe e6400, 6800 gs agp 512, and 2xddr266 512mb
                          What Linux distribution and kernel are you using?

                          Do you have Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology enabled in the BIOS? (perhaps a problem with your software configuration where it's having problems changing frequencies)

                          This probably isn't causing your issues directly, but DDR-266 with a Conroe isn't a good match. The Conroe Core 2 Duos fair well with DDR2-667/800, and this is the first time ever I have heard someone using DDR-266 with a Conroe.
                          Michael Larabel
                          http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                          • #14
                            umm... i use windows xp sp2. speedstep is set to 'auto' and i don't think it's software because it's happened right after os install. i'm planning on upgrading my ram to ddr2/667 next week but i don't want to upgrade it if there's a problem with other hardware.

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                            • #15
                              Had you tried updating the BIOS? Or changing any other BIOS options?

                              Unless it's the software you're running (since it is Windows) or BIOS, it may be the memory then. This is the first time hearing anyone use DDR-266 memory with a Core 2 Duo.

                              You may want to run memtest86+ for kicks and see what happens.
                              Michael Larabel
                              http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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