ASRock's Dual series is a novel concept for allowing the users a smooth and cost effective transition when making the move from AGP to PCI Express and from DDR to DDR2, but the 775Dual-VSTA is the least Linux compatible motherboard we have seen in quite a while from this manufacturer. The Linux 2.6.18 kernel does address several of the problems with this motherboard, but we still had experienced oddities during our testing with Fedora Core 6. This Intel LGA-775 motherboard is targeted towards compatibility with Microsoft Vista, so Windows users should be in the clear of any compatibility problems. Upon Linux better supporting this Chipset and motherboard we will pass along word in this article as well as on the Phoronix Forums. While this motherboard may be a Linux lemon, all hope is not lost for this budget manufacturer based upon our experiences with their motherboards in the past. The ASRock 775Dual-VSTA can be found new for about $60 USD.
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Phoronix Product Rating: 6 / 10