[lug] Motherboards

Chris Riddoch socket at peakpeak.com
Wed Aug 9 12:25:16 MDT 2000

Now that I can finally afford a new motherboard, I'd like
recommendations for something that doesn't suck.  I've read on Tom's
Hardware that my current Asus P2B is supposed to be decent, but I
think I got a flake.

The IDE system can lock up, especially on CD access. I get random IDE
bus resets and the kernel turns off DMA because of it, and the
wonderfully flaky Award BIOS likes to play around with assigning the
same IRQ to 3 devices, and other such ridiculous things.  I really
have a hard time believing this is all 2.2.16's fault.

I'll need 2 ISA slots for an ISA ne2k NIC and my old AWE32 sound card,
a PCI system that can handle my Adaptec card using an AIC-7856
chipset, an AGP slot for my Diamond Viper 770, Slot 1 for the Celery
400, and a 64M stick of DIMM memory.  I've also got two IDE hard
drives, a no-name CDROM and a nice little Mitsumi CDRW.  And the
standard array of littler peripherals.

I could be convinced to trade-in my space-heater of a Celeron 400 if a
suitable alternative (AMD?) would work better, since I'm trying to
switch motherboards anyway.


Chris Riddoch
socket at peakpeak.com

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