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10 November 2005 @ 01:08 am
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The Death Star's motherboard is fried - I'm running from Siddhartha, which finally recognizes my hard drive due to bullshit udev and coldplug problems on gentoo. Death Star's motherboard no longer recognizes the mouse or the sound card, and is now taking less and less time to freeze to a halt between boots.

Any ideas on a stable motherboard for an Athlon XP 2600? This one seems to have capacitor-related issues, if my novel experiences with the Dell problem are anything similar.

Also, I found that when you max out the "Sharpen" field in the Gimp, you can make any picture look like it's from the Wall Street Journal. If I can get permission from the subject, I will show you.
Annielordindra on November 10th, 2005 12:30 pm (UTC)
i'd always recommend ASUS. Specific models, not sure.

God that Dell problem is wonderful. I call it "job security".
Doomutilitygeek on November 10th, 2005 02:55 pm (UTC)
I've been pretty happy with my Soyo, but I'm not much of a hardware geek.
XCorvisxcorvis on November 10th, 2005 03:18 pm (UTC)
MSI has been good to me. ASUS has a decent reputation too.
Virtual Travellervtraveller on November 10th, 2005 06:27 pm (UTC)
I too love ASUS but the Marvell 10/100/1000 driver Microsoft released is about as useful as a toilet brush; generates bus lock-ups when playing FFXI.

If you steer clear of the driver hosing on Microsoft Update you'll be fine - your lnxd anyhoo. If you weren't I recommend SoftICE for emergency kernel debugging. What? That's normal right?
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on November 10th, 2005 07:16 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm probably not going to run XP on it for a little while - but I appreciate the tip.

And SoftICE is almost always the right answer ;-)
though she be but little, she is fiercehilabeans on November 10th, 2005 06:33 pm (UTC)
I'm running a Shuttle AK32(A or L, I forget), which hasn't given me any problems. Granted, I'm only running an Athlon XP 2000+ on it, and while the last version of the bios I checked had support for up to a 2800+, you'll probably want some upgradability, not to mention that motherboard model is a few years old... but not only have I not had problems with it, Shuttle's website is easy to navigate and support is easy to find, which was not the case with the maufacturer's website for the last motherboard I had. (Which, in case you want to avoid a brand for that reason, was an ECS.) So... yeah. Shuttle is good.