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SubjectRe: Stable P4 Mother board? Hard Lockups: Asus P4B533-E, SiS680 IDE
Dear Folks,

Mike Dresser wrote:

> On Wed, 27 Aug 2003, Nick Urbanik wrote:
>
> > What modern motherboards work well with Linux?
> > What IDE cards work well?
>
> I'm using the ASUS P4B533's and P4B533-E's here successfully, very stable
> motherboards, both on our Windows PC's and Linux servers.
>
> As well, there's a few MSI 845 based boards being used here.
>
> 3ware makes very nice cards, both in the PATA(7xxx) and SATA(8xxx)
> versions. Be warned, they're more expensive than other IDE cards.
> They're made in 2, 4, 8 and 12 port models.

They have a problem that requires I backup everything first before setting up
the disks. That will require enormous time (to back up 203GB onto CDs) or
money (buy a big tape backup system).

> I've had problems with both Promise and Highpoint cards in the
> past(highpoint hpt366's were especially buggy under any OS).

Yes, I bought Promise fasttrack100 TX@ (PDC20270), Adaptek 1200A (HPT370A
chipset), Iwill (HPT368 chipset), HighPoint Rocket 133 (HPT302 chip: didn't
work at all), and PDC20276 built onto the Asus P4B533-E motherboard, as well
as the CMD648 (from memory), CMD649, and the SiliconImage 680 that I am
currently stuck with as the best of the bunch.

Do you think there is there any chipset available that I can use native IDE
on so I can use the software RAID on Linux?

> The 3ware's can be used with software or hardware raid(they're hardware),
> and seem to be actively supported by 3ware.

Yes; if only I could use it without a massive backup and restore!

Thank you Mike.

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