On Wed, 19 Nov 2003 23:33:08 -0800 (PST) Mark Terribile <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> > [This reply is tardy, I know; please accept my apologies] > > >>> Next is ... a mother board. I am wanting a ASUS just because I hear > >>> alot of people talking about it on the forums, ... > >> ... > >> Take a look a ABIT's motherboard, some of them are really good. > > I had a very bad experience with an ABIT motherboard. When FreeBSD > started, it saw three NICs instead of one; when it tried to initialize > one, it wiped the field-upgradeable BIOS. The machine wouldn't even POST. > I destroyed two boards this way; fortunately the vendor (who doesn't have > a FreeBSD support person) gave me a break on the Gigabit that I replaced > it with. There's a FreeBSD trouble ticket on this; I can hunt the number > down if you like. But I would recommend avoiding putting ABIT and FreeBSD > together unless you have support for the combo, or a report that that exact > motherboard works with FreeBSD. The Gigabit, BTW, has run like a champ. Never tried ABIT befor, but I have had two machines with Gigabit mobos and they ran quite nicely. > > Finnally if you can afford it scsi is diffenetly better than ide, but > > I'm sure most people will think that is over kill. > > IDE drives can be flakey on their DMA support. I'm using an IBM Deskstar > as a rotating backup and it hung the FreeBSD device probe on discovery. > I have it set to use PIO, which sucks the CPU up through a firehose. I'm > running on a set of three 10,000 RPM IBM SCSI Ultrastars that I bought right > after Hitachi bought IBM's drive business and before the disk price rose > again. They run hot; I have them in a mounting cage salvaged from an old > machine, with space between them and between them and the side of the cage, > set right in front of the 120 mm inlet-side case fan. In this configuration, > they have run like champs, lightning fast and no noisier than the fans. I have had very good luck with Seagate EIDE hard drives. I personally advoid any hdd made by IBM or Western Digital. I am not sure about Samsung. I have also had good luck with my Maxtor drives. For most purposes ATA100 works perfectly. They are cheap and work decently. _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"