This is a cheap motherboard here in Vancouver (Jan 2006)
So far, with Fedora Core 4:
Hard drive (IDE PATA, not SATA as previously stated) works (need kernel 2.6.15 to get DMA working,
so install is slow off CD/DVD using 2.6.11). Will accept "idebus=41" which
may be 24% faster.
* Bastiaan Jacques reports that a vendor patch is required for SATA
to work in FC4, as per
VIA arena thread 68455.
He says he has posted (April 2006) a patch on the libata mailing list which
he expects will make it into the 2.8.12 kernel tree.
Video works with xorg VESA driver. No direct access stuff,
but it's just about fast enough to play DVDs/video in mplayer (too slow
USB works (memory sticks, digital camera, MP3 player)
Sound is broken (install test tone hangs, sox cuts off after about a second). Accepts "dxs_support=5" to enable variable rate (but still cuts off...)
Bastiaan Jacques has posted a patch on
sourceforge. It didn't work for me
Have sound working on 2.6.15 (built from FC4 src rpm), with
ALSA Bug 1622 is now closed; patch may be merged into alsa-driver-1.0.11.
I made an attempt to build it against 2.6.16-FC4 and 2.6.15-FC4 but get
missing symbols. I'm fed up with this; I have something that works...
Using AMD Athlon 64 3200+ @ 1GHz. Outperforms everything in sight
on ancient Byte Dhrystone benchmark except for high-end SGI box.
Guess it's whining around in cache real fast.
Both 32-bit and 64-bit x86-64 distros work. But there seems a lack
of commercial software for 64-bit (Flash plugin, Realplayer)
which may prove irritating on a desktop. Currently have 3 system partitions,
one with 32 and one with 64.
Found that Asus actually ship Linux drivers on a CD with the board.
Didn't think to look right away ... (thanks, Asus ...)
However, audio driver (alsa) supplied is the same as on Asus' website
and only supports up to rev 60 of the VT823x audio chip, while the
board has rev. 70. Have mailed Asus tech support - got generic Windows-type reply (reboot, update drivers)
and told to call phone hotline. Tried that; they have one Linux tech
(Kevin) who I have managed to talk to a couple of times after
waiting on hold many times only to find he's not there. He suggested I try
the asus.com.tw site for a driver, and also the (IMO futile) procedure
of resetting the BIOS by removing its battery to force a device
reconfiguration in an attempt to resolve IRQ/DMA conflicts. The
driver I found was only slightly different from the stock ALSA one or
the one on the included CDROM, and still didn't work. The BIOS reboot was
predictably useless. Someone suggested I get a USB audio interface instead,
which I may well consider (having no spare slots for a PCI one)
ALSA Bug 1622 VIA Arena question
Asus also provide a LAN driver and a VGA driver. But the stock FC4 LAN driver
seems to work OK. I haven't tried building the VGA one yet. The install
script is written for RedHat 9.