Aaron Siegel wrote:

I would like to build a computer using a Intel Duo 2 Core processor, my first attempted at finding a compatible motherboard failed. I do not remember having the same difficulties six years ago when I built my last computer. Does any one have any advice. I have looked at the hardware notes for 6.2 Release http://www.freebsd.org/releases/6.2R/hardware-amd64.html#PROC and also the list of mother boards that were tested, kinda tested by other users .

I am think of building two, maybe computers, one which will replace my two PIII as a intranet toy (web server, groupware?, wireless AP, gateway/firewall), multimedia center (Mythtv, Mp3 player). The second will be a desktop that will hopefully be run multiple virtual OS using win4bsd until Xen is available. I would perfer a microATX, I live in a small apartment. Is there a manufacturer anyone would recommend? A chipset that is support better than any other? Does it come down to trial and error? Intel does have some board which support Linux, at the very worst I can use that until I can get Freebsd working.

My first failed attempt was an Abit Fatal1ty F-190HD with a ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 it does not boot any open source system, Freebsd x86/amd64, kunbuntu x64, or opensolaris. I am going to borrow a copy of Windows Vista to verify it is a driver not faulty hardware. Thank You
Get an ASUS MB with an Intel chipset. Avoid Intel 965/975 compatible nVidia chipsets if at all possible because they will not run on *BSD. I tried both FreeBSD and NetBSD and both attempts failed miserably.

I have a P5B Deluxe and it's fine, except USB stuff detection doesn't work like it should in 7-CURRENT. It worked perfectly fine in 6.2 though..

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