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  • jhansonxi
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    Solid caps?

    I'm thinking of buying a few of these but the reviews have conflicting specs about the use of solid capacitors. The ECS page for the A780GM-A doesn't mention it. Can anyone confirm that it has solid caps?

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  • parannoyed
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    Issues with multiple video cards (PCI Express)

    Apparently there's an issue with adding an additional video card in the PCI Express slot.

    This board worked beautifully for me, until I tried to add another adapter (ATI HD 3450), at which point the kernel (2.6.24-19-generic SMP Ubuntu on an Athlon 64X2 dual core) panics immediately. Disabling the onboard adapter in the BIOS resolves the panic ("Disable" SurroundView) and allows you to use the PCI-E card without any additional problems. It's not a hardware issue as far as I can tell (XP works).

    It seems a little odd to me that the Linux kernel would go so far as to panic on something that seems mildly trivial to me. I looked for info on the issue (Google) and came up quite short. I guess that because ATI hasn't implemented the Crossfire/Hybrid features (except on "select" products), that no one even tries (including kernel devs/testers).

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  • Luis
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    First, thanks for the review, much appreciated.

    From the article:

    With the ECS A780GM-A we hadn't experienced any Linux issues but it had worked out of the box with Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Beta.
    How should we understand the "no Linux issues" thing? Does it mean: "The system boots correctly to a full desktop and sound and networking work correctly"? Or does it include: "Video playback, Compiz and suspend-to-ram work without issues"? That kind of info would be nice.

    Thanks.

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  • deanjo
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    Originally posted by Eisman View Post
    I have the GigaByte Ga-MA78... with the same chipset and i'm having some sort of weird problem with the video playback. When the picture is moving (e.g. camera angle changes) i get horizontal stripes almost like interlacing.
    I tried ubuntu, gentoo and windows. Windows gets it right but with linux it happens no matter which player or videoout module I use. Xv, X11, opengl...

    Can anyone confirm this or tell me how to fix it?

    Eisman

    The ATI driver forums would probably be a better place to ask that.

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  • Eisman
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    I have the GigaByte Ga-MA78... with the same chipset and i'm having some sort of weird problem with the video playback. When the picture is moving (e.g. camera angle changes) i get horizontal stripes almost like interlacing.
    I tried ubuntu, gentoo and windows. Windows gets it right but with linux it happens no matter which player or videoout module I use. Xv, X11, opengl...

    Can anyone confirm this or tell me how to fix it?

    Eisman

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  • msebast
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    According to the manufacturer's web site this board DOES have a serial header. You just need to get a bracket and cable. Rip one out of an old computer or buy it on ebay for a few bucks.

    http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Pro...nuID=1&LanID=0
    INTERNAL I/O CONNECTORS & HEADERS
    > 1 x COM1 header

    Seems like all the new motherboards are like this. The folks designing HTPC MBs should understand their market better. Many of us DO need serial ports (for lirc) so it would be nice to have them on the back panel.

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  • Baraclese
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    page 2: The motherboard supports DDR2-1066/800/667 MHz memory, but the dual-channel DDR2-1066MHz support depends upon the Intel CPU being used.

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  • dm0rais
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    I would like to suggest some additional information on the reviews.A phenom was used in this tests, so I can figure out how hot was the mosfet.I would like to see stability testst with high powered cpus as temperatures of chipset or any other product reviewed.Also power consumption would be nice.

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  • apaige
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    Legit Reviews reports audio issues with the integrated chip: can you confirm their experience?

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  • ibo2008
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    Originally posted by Michael View Post
    What do you use your serial port for? I am in fact glad this motherboard (and the others) don't have a serial port.
    Lirc adapter, most external modem, relay boxes.

    I have just bought a serial IR adapter that doesn't work over USB2Serial adapter (lucky me it was quite cheap).

    My external modem works over serial. Even if you don't use the modem for networking, having a fax can be good and all internal modems are winmodems these days. The best way to get a modem working on Linux is to use an external one.

    I don't mind the removal of the parallel port, but the removal of the serial is just bad in my book
    Last edited by ibo2008; 14 April 2008, 09:29 AM.

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